The Mercer Museum, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society (BCHS), opens its new major exhibit Friday, Oct. 15.
“Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History” opens in the Martin & Warwick Foundation Galleries at the museum and runs through Sunday, April 10.
The exhibition displays “a staggering array” of artifacts collected by the Bucks County Historical Society between the years of 2000 and 2021. These objects, images and documents help illuminate the people, history and culture of Bucks County.
The exhibit consists of a series of thematic groupings that connect diverse objects, images and documents in a meaningful and thought-provoking way. These groupings are intended to suggest themes that range chronologically and geographically across Bucks County’s past.
The themes on display in the “Found, Gifted, Saved!” exhibit are: Made in Bucks; The Way We Played; The Times of Our Lives; A Diverse People; What We Wore; Thank You for Your Service; Which Side Are You On?; The Way We Worked & The Tools We Carried; It Pays to Advertise!; Going to School in Bucks County; Wish You Were Here: Visiting Bucks County; Collecting the Now; and Staff Picks.
Bucks County Historical Society’s Vice President of Collections and Interpretation Cory Amsler said, “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.
“We hope this exhibit launches a conversation with visitors about what we have been able to capture, what we have missed, and whether the things we’ve acquired help tell the stories that are most important and relevant to us as Bucks County residents.”
Members of the Bucks County Historical Society are invited to preview the exhibit early at a dedicated Member Morning Friday, Oct. 15, with reserved timed-ticket entry exclusively offered for members online.
“Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History” is included with general Mercer Museum admission. In addition, the Mercer Museum will host a slate of community programs related to the exhibit throughout the season.
The Mercer Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday via timed-entry slots and closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Advance tickets are highly recommended. To learn more, visit mercermuseum.org