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Museum gallery sharing creepy and unusual this month

With Halloween on the horizon, the Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City has opened a new short-term exhibit entitled “Creepy, Strange, Scary, Obscure, Unusual, Spooky and Just Plain Weird.”

The display is in the museum’s Front Door Gallery, where exhibits revolve throughout the year.  It features nearly 30 artifacts – including approximately 13 blades and other wickedly sharp edges – that rarely see light of day, due mainly to their obscurity.  

The lesson viewers might take away, however, is that strangeness is often in the eye of the beholder, and sometimes it’s just unfamiliarity that breeds or causes fear.  

Certain visitors are likely to recognize some of the 19th and 20th Century keepsakes, trophies, tools, weapons, skeletal components, implements, garments and devices in the exhibit, according to Artifact Registrar Yadira Hernandez, who assisted in gathering pieces and arranging the objects.  Other guests should recognize different elements, according to Collection Manager Todd Roberts, who also took a role in the preparation.

Most items are from times past, and most were once considered common rather than creepy.  They range from a stuffed alligator stretching 11 feet in length to a memorial wreath made in 1869 from strands of human hair. 

Those who stop by will also see tools that look as if they were once wielded by motion picture horror figures such as Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, or Jason Voorhees; not to mention objects from the Civil War, First World War and Cold War.  The assemblage is noticeably eclectic, and a couple of components are also electric.

About The Front Door Gallery

The Front Door Gallery is a small space inside the museum’s main entrance at 403 S. Fourth Street, adjacent to the pedestrian arches at Lee Richardson Zoo.  Admission is free and viewing hours run from 1 to 5 p.m. daily.  All other museum displays are accessible simultaneously and the gift shop is also open the same hours.

The Front Door Gallery hosts four to six changing exhibits each year, with support from the Steve Stone Memorial Fund.  Previously, the gallery hosted a display about the life of U.S. Senator Bob Dole; and another that featured more than two-dozen unique figures created by local craftsman Tom Herman, using hundreds of antique and vintage machine parts.

The new exhibit will haunt the display space at least through Oct. 31.