By Monique Sawyer-Lang
Mark your calendars, there is a lot happening in June at the Lyons Redstone Museum! June 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., there is an open house reception for “Tiny Stories-The Art of the Dollhouse.” This temporary exhibit features five beautifully handcrafted dollhouses by local artist Anne O’Brien, and runs from
June 6 to October 1. Each house is from a different era and is meticulous in its historic detail and will usher you into another time and place. On display from O’Brien’s collection will be an 18th Century Scottish Cottage, an early 1900s dressmaker’s home, a 1910 farmhouse, a 1950s home in Hannibal, Missouri, and a southern plantation home.
Also new at the museum will be a display honoring the pioneering Swift/Bohn/Smith family, which was recently installed and includes family photographs, military uniforms and medals, as well as the WWII wartime diary of Charles P. Swift, which he started on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. This display comes courtesy of Phillip and Dolph Swift and their wives Charlene and Cheryl of Estes Park.
At 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 24, as a part of the Good Old Days festivities, the Lyons Historical Society will be honoring pioneering family high school graduate Aaron Vasquez and Ever Johan Ortiz-Valdez, as well as the Class of 1967 as Mr./Mrs. Good Old Days. Also recognized will be the classes of the ‘07s, with the classes of 1987 and 2007 holding their reunions that weekend. A second program by the Lyons Historical Society will take place on that day at 3:30 p.m., at Vasquez Stage in Sandstone Park and will include welcoming remarks by Mayor Connie Sullivan.
When you visit the museum in June be sure to see the new permanent interactive exhibit “Lyons Newspapers: A History,” which opened in May.
Now open daily, museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.