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Mercer Museum exhibit shines spotlight on Bucks County

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Fascinating pieces of Bucks County’s rich history are on display at a new exhibit in the Mercer Museum in Doylestown.
Titled “Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History,” the program offers visitors a chance to see a wide range of objects with roots in the county from the 18th through the 20th centuries, according to Cory Amsler, vice president of collections and interpretations at the Bucks County Historical Society.
“We’ve been collecting these items for 20 to 25 years, from Milford to Bristol,” Amsler said. The special exhibit “represents the history of the entire county.”
Organized into themed areas, the artifacts, photographs, posters, clothing, tools and other items represent Bucks County people, how they lived and what their interests were.

“Every object has context,” said Amsler, one which tells a story and draws people into its history.
“A huge challenge for museums collecting local history is to adequately represent – in objects, images and documents – the full complexity of a community’s past and the diversity of its people,” said Amsler.
It’s his hope that this unique – and fun – exhibit inspires conversation and furthers people’s understanding of Bucks County.
Included in the exhibit is an opportunity for visitors to share what they think is missing from the telling of Bucks’ exciting story. The exhibit will be open until April 10, 2022.


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