PLYMOUTH – History displays are underway with the help of volunteers as Plymouth’s 125th Anniversary Celebration approaches.
For generations, families have resided in Plymouth, celebrating their life’s milestones within the walls of a church or even a family owned business. The celebration is to honor those people who have made their mark on the small town.
Along with several events, people will get the chance to look at historical artifacts. One unique event going on includes a Quilt Show. Some quilts tell a family’s story, while others show the creative handy work of a mother or grandmother. Some are worn from being used on cold winter nights.
Along with the Quilt Show, another show will present vintage wedding gowns. One dress on display comes with quite an interesting story.
Quilt Show Coordinator Carol Braswell says, “This wedding dress was made by Lottie Pohlmann, who was the grandmother of Elaine Schroeder, and she was the first one to wear it in 1954. Probably at least 6 brides have worn it since then.”
The wedding gown was symbolized as “something borrowed,” as this family passed it on from one bride to another.
The family quilts and period clothing will be featured in the building across from the Country Store on Highway 4.
In downtown Plymouth, curious visitors can take a look at antiques and heirlooms from local families. Another fascinating exhibit includes an 1880 United States Navy Gatling Gun. The story of the gun and where it’s traveled will be displayed, as well.
Tom Brandt says, “This is an extraordinary little town. These are the best people around. I’m bias because I grew up here and I’m part of the celebration. It means an awful lot, particularly to the older people, to see these items. It jogs a memory. What’s really neat is when that older man or woman has their grandchildren or even their older children next to them and they say, ‘I remember this.’ The kids look at them and never heard their parents or grandparents talk about that before. I think that’s what we are trying to do here, jog some memories.”
This weekend will be filled with family friendly activities from Civil War reenactments to a fun run. The celebration will conclude on Sunday with a parade.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend, visit the Plymouth 125th Anniversary Facebook Page.