Northwest Missouri is populated by dozens of passionate collectors. This upcoming spring, the Andrew County Museum would like to offer them the opportunity to share some of their proud possessions with the general public by loaning them for the temporary exhibit, Northwest Missouri Collects. The museum already has commitments from collectors of vintage tractor memorabilia, amazingly intricate pop-up books, whimsical musical instruments, and bricks salvaged from now demolished historic buildings. Anyone interested in sharing their collections with the public should contact the museum at (816) 324-4720 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marx Music Company Instruments featured in collectors exhibit
Instruments manufactured by the Marx Music Company will be featured in Northwest Missouri Collects. In 1927, the company moved to the small town of New Troy, Michigan. Trained as a concert violinist, Henry Charles Marx was convinced that people failed to master an instrument because they could not learn a complete tune quickly enough. His company slogan read, “ANYONE CAN PLAY.” Marx perfected an ingenious numbering system that matched notes on a piece of sheet music to numbers printed on the bodies of his instruments. Those instruments ranged from the “Pik-Nik”—a one-stringed slide guitar—to his famous “Violin-Uke.” The latter combined a violin and ukulele. In order to play the instrument, it was placed on a table and a musician simultaneously ran a bow across the strings while also picking them like a ukulele. Violin-Ukes and other Marx instruments now reside in attics across the Midwest.
Now Available at Andrew County Museum
Andrew County: A Rural Way of Life (2012) $21.99
Andrew County Museum's new pictorial history of Andrew County, Missouri, consisting entirely of photographs from the collections of Andrew County Museum. To place an order, please call (816) 324-4720.
From the publisher: Fertile land lured settlers to Andrew County in the 19th century, and the productive land exerted its hold on farm families for generations thereafter. As America shifted from farm to city life, Andrew County remained a collection of rural towns serving the needs of nearby farms. Country people came to town to get their mail or shop at the general store. On the courthouse square, they gossiped with friends and neighbors. Their rural way of life, however, never isolated them from economic or technological change, nor from the nation’s vibrant popular culture. In the 20th century, farm families drove to town to enjoy The Wizard of Oz at a movie theater. Kitchens became outfitted with electric ranges and refrigerators, and a mastery of the “science of agriculture” proved necessary to manage large and mechanized farming operations. In short, county residents displayed a remarkable ability to adapt to change while retaining their traditional values.
Author Bio: Glenn Uminowicz is director of the Andrew County Museum and Historical Society. Many of the images in this book first appeared in the museum’s exhibit A Rural Way of Life, which received a Governor’s Humanities Award for extraordinary community achievement through the Missouri Humanities Council in 2010.
The Way Andrew County Worked open again!
Andrew County Museum is expanded our temporary exhibit The Way Andrew County Worked after the success of the Smithsonian's The Way We Worked. Our temporary exhibit about the history of work in Andrew County will remain open through October 31, 2012.
Are you a teacher?
Andrew County Museum has a variety of free resources for Andrew County schools, daycares, churches, and homeschool groups. Visit our educator resources page to check out all of our resources!