Our farmhouse telephone looked like a creature
born of wood and wire.
Square-headed, it was fitted out with bulging silver eyes,
a long black beak connected to a flaring mouth,
a pair of mismatched ears –
cylindrical receiver dangling down the left side,
short metal crank protruding from the right.
It shrilled all day from its position on the kitchen wall,
a different ring for every family on the party line
and there were twelve of them.
We knew them all.
that brought four daughters running hopefully.
The calls were usually for Mama,
who fluffed her hair out with a nervous hand,
tucked in her blouse and smiled
as if her friends could spy right through the snout.
- Sara DeLuca
A longtime Heritage Center tradition continues with volunteers sharing bits of history in each of the buildings with area school children. This spring, approximately 960 children plus teachers, assistants and guests visited from New Richmond, Amery, Barron, Cornell, Hudson and Somerset. The tours begin in the Pavilion with an introduction to early New Richmond, farm life and the 1899 cyclone display. Camp 9 School is always a favorite, probably because it is most connected to their lives. Other popular buildings are the Immigrant Cabin, Ubet Store, History Shed, Bell Tierney Farm House and the Blacksmith Shop.
Volunteer involvement is key to the success of the tours. Prior to "tour season" a training was held for new and continuing guides which included a "walk about" in all of the buildings with a brief description in each building. This spring, twenty people graciously shared their time as a guide or shadowed another guide. New guides are always welcome.
Heritage Center tours are not just for children. CONSIDER A TOUR. Schedule a guided tour in one of our buildings or several buildings. Our guides can easily adapt a tour to accommodate your family or organization.
There are many areas and opportunities for volunteers at the New Richmond Heritage Center. Send an email to info@NRHeritageCenter.org with your area of interest.
Heritage Center Celebrates