in Lowell, has had many interesting exhibits. I've seen ones on fashion accessories, and dolls, to name just two. The museum has classes in weaving, and houses an extensive collection of spinning wheels. You may think it odd, but there are people who find textiles interesting. For them we have the Complete Guide to Vintage Textiles by Elizabeth Kurella [746 KUR].
And if your interest is in dolls, take your kids to the Wenham Museum for its varied collection of international dolls. They also have toys and model trains. Afterwards come to the library to borrow Barbie Doll [688.722 BAR] or Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale by Sam Posey [625.19 POS].
Travel down to Lexington and Concord to indulge in Revolutionary History. Make sure to visit the Concord Museum to see cannonballs, muskets, and other implements of colonial warfare. A current exhibit, "A Splash of Blue," deals with objects of just one color!
The newest exhibition at the Concord Museum looks at objects from the Museum’s collection through a blue lens, bringing together the fabrics, papers and paints used in seascapes and landscapes, geometric and floral bandboxes, charming coverlets, blue and white ceramics, a Union officer’s great coat, a 1960s Emilio Pucci patterned silk dress, and much more.
You could take a workshop on July 21, "Indigo Blues: A Dyeing Workshop" if you'd like to work with the color and learn its history. After you've dyed your own yarn, browse our collection of knitting and crochet books in 746.43.
In Lexington visit the National Heritage Museum for its long term exhibit, Sewing the Seeds of Liberty. This Friday, July 13, you can attend a lecture, "It Rained Cats and Dogs the Day the Revolution Began." Before you go, you can quickly brush up on the American Revolution's beginnings with this children's book: The Shot Heard 'Round the World: The Beginnings of the American Revolution [J 973.3 SHO].
I plan to add a Local History Experience-Part 3 shortly. Come back again!