The Windham Public Library hosts exhibits in its display case several times a year. For more information, please contact Sally Bannen at the library.
May 2, 2016 July 30, 2016 : Stephen Signor, Tribal Masks
A collection of tribal masks owned by Stephen Signor are on display at the Windham Public Library now through July 30th. Stephen explained that “ritual and ceremonial masks are an essential feature of many traditional cultures throughout the world. The specific implications associated to ritual masks widely vary. Some traits are common, for instance to most African Cultures where masks usually have a spiritual and religious meaning and are used in ritual dances, social and religious events. In addition, a special status is attributed to the artists that create masks and to those that wear them in ceremonies. In most cases, mask-making is an art that is passed on from father to son, along with the knowledge of the symbolic meanings conveyed by such masks. As with African masks that come in all different colors such as red, black, orange, and brown, other cultures produce their mask from various natural materials. These examples displayed here [at the library] are just a small example of the craftsmanship and interpretative detail that goes into every mask.”
February 1, 2016 – April 30, 2016 : Lucretia Gilheany, Pysanky (decorated eggs)
A collection of decorated eggs from Lucretia Gilheany. The decorated eggs, called pysanky, represent the Easter celebration and a welcoming of spring. According to Lucretia, the illuminating of pysanky “is synonymous with the observation of Easter by Slovaks and Luthuanian people.” Her mother-in-law left her a collection of eggs, and Lucretia has added several eggs to that group. There are many ways to decorate pysanky– using beeswax, colored molds, and/or the etching of designs on the surfaces. No matter how they are done, they are beautiful to behold.
November 9, 2015 – January 31, 2016 : Tyler Ward, Bottle Caps
A colorful exhibit of bottle caps, from the collection of Tyler Ward of Windham: “Bottle caps are really fun to play with,” says Tyler, who has been collecting them since 2009. His curiosity with bottle caps led him to ask: “How many different types and colors of bottle caps are there?” He started looking around his house and now his collection totals over 1,000! Tyler doesn’t just collect the caps and put them on display. One favorite activity is to ask his grandmother to use the caps to build pyramids, so he can knock these bottle cap creations apart using other caps. Another fun idea he had was to lie down in the huge pile of bottle caps and leave his body imprint within the pile (there is a picture of this in the display). Whenever he takes the caps out to play, he and his grandmother try to think up new games. Tyler has been collecting bottle caps in a specific container, but he has run out of room. If he finds just the right box, he might star adding to the collection again. “It is a great collection to make because it is free and doesn’t cost anything to put together.”
October 22, 2015 – November 7, 2015 : Windham Middle School students of Ms. Levinsky’s class
A display of items and research relating to Windham’s changing economy: The display will look at some of Maine’s industries– farming, mills, tourism, and retail– and their relationship to the Oxford and Cumberland canals, and how these industries are/were contributing to Maine’s economy. See more information at the class’ website.
August 1, 2015 – October 10, 2015 : Dave Tanguay, sponsored by Windham Historical Society
A selection of items related to photo technology of the early-to-mid 1900s: The display, sponsored by the Windham Historical Society, contains items from the estate of Dave and Linda Tanguay. “In the current age of instant everything (text, photos, talk, and entertainment) it is interesting to reflect on the use of photograph as an entertainment medium 50 or 100 years ago” writes Dave. “The display provides examples of [the] means of viewing photos (Stereoscope) as well as two examples of the means to take photographs compliments of Kodak” one of which being the Brownie Box camera that Dave actually learned on. “Then there is a Keystone 16mm B&W movie projector with two original reels” which his family received as a Christmas gift in the early 1950’s. Other related items complete the display.