The Woodman Museum—a local Dover museum celebrating its 102nd year serving the Seacoast community—will be unveiling “APP: A Peek at the Past,” in April 2018. APP, the latest in a series of rotating exhibits featured in the Foster Room of the Woodman House, will explore the largely or fully replaced technologies in the areas of communication, entertainment and information-sharing. The exhibit will feature collections on loan from area photographer Thom Hindle of Images of the Past, silent movie-era artifacts from Woodman docent Paul Timmerman (grandson of Benny Turner, an early movie actor and projectionist), and antique telephone technology from private collector Ernie Bruneau of the Eliot Historical Society and the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum.
The exhibit, which also draws upon the museum’s own vast collection, will highlight the notion that the functions of bulky cameras, telegraphs, and newspapers and activities like shopping, socializing, letter-writing and information sharing have all been consolidated in a device that fits in our pocket: the smart phone and its many “apps.” Visitors to the Foster Room Gallery will see examples of bygone technologies that were once considered miraculous and cutting-edge but now have analogues in the form of Internet-ready phone applications.
Also being unveiled this year is a smart-phone or tablet-driven scavenger hunt, a complement to the self-guided tour of the Woodman House. Visitors can access the 100 Treasures list on the Woodman Museum website (woodmanmuseum.org) to learn more about key artifacts and collections specially labelled throughout the exhibit spaces. The 100 Treasures scavenger hunt continues into the guided portion of the Woodman experience that includes a docent-led tour of the Damm Garrison, Hale House and Carriage Barn.
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