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Display Case

The Windham Public Library hosts exhibits in its display case several times a year. For more information, please contact Sally Bannen at the library.



February 1, 2016 – April 30, 2016 : Lucretia Gilheany, Pysanky (decorated eggs)

decorated eggs

A collection of decorated eggs from Lucretia Gilheany will be on display through April 30th.  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.

Everyone is also welcome to join us on Thursday November 5th, from 12:30-1:30pm, as the students take time to talk to the public about their artifacts and answer any questions that the public may have.

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.

May 1, 2015 – July 31, 2015 : anonymous

An eclectic mix of “old stuff”: According to the exhibitors, there is an assortment of old tools, automobile parts, and household items that are not commonly found today. A list of the items is on top of the display case, covered with a poster– allowing viewers to look and guess at the objects before checking the list. How many can you recognize? Stop by the library for a peek at these interesting objects from past years and see how many you can identify.