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Collectors Then and Now

A fun, quirky exhibit showcasing the things we collect!


What do trains, video games and antique postcards have in common? They are all items people love to collect, and they are part of the Lakewood Heritage Center’s newest exhibit, “Collectors Then & Now,” opening Friday, Feb. 21 at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St. (Ohio and Wadsworth.) Join us for a free opening reception 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 21. The exhibit will remain through Aug. 30.

The collections in this exhibit feature a local connection including Lakewood Historical Society’s oral histories of Lakewood residents and radios, postcards and maps from businesses on Colfax Avenue.  They connect us to our collective past as those of all ages can relate to objects such as model trains, Nintendo, music, photographs and other memorabilia. This exhibit provides an opportunity to contemplate what a collectible is and what we do with them, to remember our personal past experiences and to consider starting a new collection.  Featured collectors include John Manion, model trains; Brett Martin, Nintendo memorabilia (photo attached); Joyce Hofer, postcards; Liane Rockley, antique flutes; Lyle Miller, mid-century radios, postcards and photographs from Colfax Avenue; German Murillo, collectible historic photographs and photographs he has taken using the historic wet plate method; Lakewood Historical Society (40th Anniversary)/Jefferson County Public Library, oral histories recorded by Lakewood Historical Society; and Joan Howard, vinyl records.

This exhibit is free and open to the public in the Radius Gallery at the Lakewood Heritage Center. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.  For more information, please contact Caitlin Lewis, museum curator, at 303-987-7879 or  For a complete list of exhibits, please visit

Posted on: Wednesday, February 19, 2014