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Sea Cliff Village Museum Will Be Opening September 18

The Sea Cliff Village Museum’s opens for the season with “Then and Now…Step into the Museum Time Machine.”  Featuring a new exhibit, brimming with artifacts, costumes, photographs and thingamajigs from the past, the opening will take place in room C in Village Hall at 2 p.m. A presentation on Sea Cliff history, and light refreshments will ensure a fun Sunday afternoon exploring the museum’s collection from its closets, attics and basement.  Depicting life in the late 1800s, 1900s and 21st century, the museum will present a new slide show and lecture that illustrates the vast changes throughout the years our community has undergone.

Before there were emails… there were greeting cards and postcards. The museum’s collection of beautiful and delicate century-old greeting cards brings us back to a whimsical and creative time. The cards are beautifully illustrated, some of them reflecting historical events and social trends of their times.

Hats made with feathers, beaver top hats and dangerous hatpins tell the story of the endangerment of wildlife for fashions of the past. Buttonhooks used to “lace up” boots and shoes slowly and methodically contrast greatly with the Velcro fasteners we use today to zip on our shoes. The woolen, cumbersome, heavy-when-wet bathing suits along with the long stockings and lace up swim shoes made for a very different day at the beach than we enjoy today.

Try your hand at Morse code with our telegraph machine and spot the original intercom system at the Sea Cliff Hotel. Take a look at our “Name that thingamajig case and see how many everyday items from the past you can identify.

Early radios, phonographs, typewriters, sewing machines, ice skates and rug cleaners chronicle life in the past centuries. Our blacksmith’s tools and vintage planes and saws are part of our collection gleaned from residents who donated their handed down implements to the museum.

The streets of Sea Cliff are depicted now (2011) and then (early 1900s) in photographs that line the walls of the exhibit. Take a look at the changes, some evident and some barely noticeable. Every corner of the museum tells another story of the past and the differences between then and now.  We hope you will join us on Sept. 18 at Village Hall Room C for the lecture and light refreshments. Starting Sept. 18, we will be open on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. The library is located at 95 10th Avenue. Call 671-0090 for further information.