Sheri Samson
Yvonne Suarez (left) joins curator Kathy Kachelries, to show a newer display of local finds.

As the Mineral County Museum continues transitioning historic information into using newer technology to secure the precious memories of the past, curator Kathy Kachelries scheduled a photo outreach to the community on Friday, Nov. 17 during the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is to engage the public to bring in old Mineral County area photos for scanning, while sharing what is known about the historic values portrayed.

“Scanning these treasured pictures will safely secure the documentation of these photos while allowing us the chance to visit with individuals that personally remember the past within this county. It is more than a family sharing these photos with our museum. It is allowing us the privilege of telling their stories and possibly portraying the history within their memories. We want to convey the personal experiences having lived here and register the stories for future generations.” Kachelries explained.

Since taking her position at the museum, many portions of stored items have been retrieved and researched, which are now on display with the help of her assistant, Yvonne Suarez. An array of vintage dolls and delicate outfits were uncovered, as well as newly displayed items of Chinese memorabilia, found in Mineral County. Newly arranged cases are now identified with placement cards to assist the visitor in understanding the dates or historic value of items on display.

Kachelries shared that Armed Forces brought in past residents, many of which asked about a Babbitt display. Because of these requests, the desire of building a section devoted to Babbitt living has her seeking assistance from former residents that may have photographs and historic items which could be placed in a display.

“Tourists ask about the “odd, empty, abandoned area along highway 95, with paved streets, once called Babbitt”, so it would be great to assemble more about the housing and the historic evolution within the once thriving, residential community. I hope that people will begin to realize that this Mineral County Museum is not just for tourists or snowbirds to stop by — it is our county’s treasury and it holds a benefit to this entire region of residents.”

The museum is now conveniently open six days a week, holding annual hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a desire to engage the local community even more. Anyone bringing in their old photographs to this event is encouraged to bring along their own flash drives or picture CD’s to transfer information. Scanned photos are not at risk of fading or damage, but instead, this creates another secure way of retaining the photos. A release form will be available, allowing selected photographs or information to be properly shared.