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BRAHM Announces Latest Exhibition ‘Whimmy Diddles n’ Flipper Dingers: Toys of Appalachia’ Oct. 10

Sept. 23, 2014. The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s latest exhibition, Whimmy Diddles n’ Flipper Dingers: Toys of Appalachia, will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 10, in the upstairs Historic Objects Gallery. On display, viewers will see toys and learn more about the history behind toys traditionally made and played with in southern Appalachia.

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Photographs Courtesy of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Newer toys will also be on display, some of which museum-goers young and old will be able to play with in the gallery and experience firsthand. The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 10 through Feb. 1, 2015.

“Our hope with this exhibition is for viewers to become informed and learn about the history of toys in Appalachia, while also enjoying a fun and playful atmosphere,” said BRAHM Executive Director Joann Mitchell. “We believe it will be an exhibition that appeals to both kids and adults alike.”

Toys in 19th and early 20th century Appalachia were much like those that children played with in other parts of the country. However, some toys, by virtue of name and subject matter, do seem distinctly Appalachian. In an era of frugality, making do with what you had was common practice. Parents and children alike found themselves creating their own toys using everyday objects, from cloth and wood to corn husks and rocks, but despite the humble materials, people in the mountains created clever and beautiful toys of great inventiveness and whimsy.

In conjunction with Whimmy Diddles n’ Flipper Dingers: Toys of Appalachia, the Elkland Art Center (a nonprofit arts center based in Todd) will be at BRAHM to present Celebration, a puppet show performed by handmade wooden pull-toys.

Photographs Courtesy of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University
Photographs Courtesy of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Celebration will be at the Museum on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m., so that guests can visit the toys in the exhibit, and then see them come to life in the puppet show. Celebration will be part of the Museum’s birthday celebration and will be open to the public free of charge.

General admission to the museum is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 and up, students and active military. The Museum, located at 159 Chestnut St. on the corner of Chestnut and Main, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

For more information, visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org or call 828-295-9099.