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Becky Putzer, Collection ManagerAt The Durham Museum, exhibits are only part of our story. There is a lot of work done behind the scenes to research the items that are on display and keep the objects in our collection in good shape. Our Collection Manager, Becky Putzer, oversees the long-term preservation of our collections and often comes across interesting objects that are not on public display. Every few weeks Becky will post about some of these artifacts and their stories, providing insight into how the museum preserves them for future generations. We hope you will find a new appreciation for the museum as a place to experience engaging exhibits and events, but also as a repository of some pretty neat artifacts that help researchers, interns and the public learn about history!


Spotlight on the Collection

Dr. John E. Summers

This month Becky is stepping out of the spotlight to share the work of Kristen Rowley, our Collection Technician, which features a glimpse into the life of Dr. John E. Summers Read below as Kristen shares about what she found out about the doctor and some of his tools. ____________________________________________________________ Our Collection is home to a large number of medical… Continue Reading Dr. John E. Summers

Boye Needle Case

During our IMLS grant work, our Collection Facilitator, Haiden Nelson, came across a Boye Needle Case. Read below as Haiden shares about what she found out about this item. ____________________________________________________________ The Boye Brand was founded in early 1900’s Chicago. James H. Boye, the namesake, designed his commodity cabinet in 1906 and found his success by improving upon earlier needle product… Continue Reading Boye Needle Case

1878 Map of Douglas & Sarpy Counties, Neb.

During our IMLS grant work, our Collection Facilitator, Haiden Nelson, came across a map of Douglas and Sarpy Counties, Nebraska from 1878. Read below as Haiden shares about what she found out about these items. ____________________________________________________________ This 1878 map of Douglas and Sarpy counties is an exciting object here in object storage. It has survived the past 140 years thanks… Continue Reading 1878 Map of Douglas & Sarpy Counties, Neb.

Mary Munchhoff

This month Becky is stepping out of the spotlight to share the work of Kristen Rowley, our Collection Technician. Read below as Kristen shares about the career of singer Mary Munchhoff. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mary Munchhoff was a successful singer in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. She was trained in Germany and toured across Europe, as well as parts of… Continue Reading Mary Munchhoff

Danish-Language Newspapers

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Danish-language newspapers that share news of the Danish Lutheran community! These were most likely published by the Danish Lutheran Publishing House* in Blair, Nebraska (1893-1960). It was known as the Lutheran Publishing house from 1943 until its closing. Our collection now holds nine copies of Luthersk Ugeblad from 1926 (or Lutheran Magazinzes/Lutheran Weekly Paper). The tagline… Continue Reading Danish-Language Newspapers

Whip It

This month Becky is stepping out of the spotlight to share the work of Kristen Rowley, our Collection Technician, which features one very “sweet” artifact. Read below as Kristen shares about what she found out about this item. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In preparation for our last Museum Insider tour, the various parts of a Whirla Whip machine in our collection were reunited after several… Continue Reading Whip It

Paper Dolls

During our IMLS grant work, our Collection Facilitator, Haiden Nelson, came across a great collection of paper dolls. Read below as Haiden shares about what she found out about these items. ____________________________________________________________ Paper dolls have been produced as children’s toys since the early 19th century. Some paper dolls were printed as advertisements, enticing children or their parents to buy products.… Continue Reading Paper Dolls

Always Check the Safe!

Good afternoon! Recently during our IMLS grant work, our Collection Facilitator, Haiden, came across a great collection of documents from Omaha’s early history. Their pristine condition made it easy to handle them and read their contents; this sparked Haiden’s curiosity and she shares a little about what she found below. _____________________________________________________ How did a metal box full of documents from… Continue Reading Always Check the Safe!

Old Time Photographs

One of our interns, Ryan Diego, worked extensively with a photo collection that was marked “Old Time Photographs”. It was wonderful to have someone dedicated to capturing these images digitally. In addition, he continued the work of scanning and metadata-ing Bostwick prints to create a more complete portfolio of Bostwick’s work on our website. Both types of images can be… Continue Reading Old Time Photographs