Hands-on exploration Cleveland Works exhibit is now on display at Museum
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Two workmen pour molten metal at Dixie Foundry during the late 1930s. Ernest True Varnell is at right. The man at left is unknown.
Two workmen pour molten metal at Dixie Foundry during the late 1930s. Ernest True Varnell is at right. The man at left is unknown.

In the years following the Great Depression, Bradley County emerged from its rural roots as a nationally recognized hotbed of industry.

At the Museum Center of Five Point’s Cleveland Works exhibit, visitors will explore this fascinating story, including themes of transportation, communication, and labor relations.

Cleveland Works, sponsored by Bank of Cleveland, is scheduled to run from Aug. 2 through Oct. 12. Admission is free for members, with regular admission for nonmembers.

The Members Only Opening Reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., with a talk by curator of Collections Lisa Chastain.

“This exhibit highlights Cleveland and Bradley County’s rich industrial history by telling the stories of companies such as Hardwick Woolen Mills, Cleveland Casket Company, and Dixie Foundry, which was later bought by Whirlpool,” said Chastain.

“Whether setting the bar as a center for cutting-edge communications, or making national news with labor walkouts and riots, our region’s industrial history is filled with energy, drama, and surprises.”

“We appreciate Bank of Cleveland’s sponsorship of this important exploration of our region’s industrial heritage,” said Museum Center Executive Director Hassan Najjar.

The family-friendly exhibit will have hands-on elements for children of all ages, such as enameling rocks, which were used to put enamel on stoves in the early 1900s.

Featured artifacts will include a 1935 stove developed by Hardwick Stove Company and a 2-ton Linotype machine, used to print posters and other marketing materials in the 1950s.

Educational programming will also enhance visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the exhibit:

n Family Printmaking Workshop, Saturday, Aug. 31 — 10 a.m.; $4 members/$7 non-members

This workshop for adults and children over the age of 5 will explore early newspaper typesetting methods as participants take a closer look at the Linotype machine. Participants will make their own “type” which will be used to create a poster and a reusable stamp. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Call Jennifer White at 423-339-5745 or email jwhite@museumcenter.org.

n Linotype: The Film, Thursday, Sept. 5 — 6 p.m. ; Free members/regular admission nonmembers

This feature-length documentary focuses on the Linotype type-casting machine, dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, because of its revolutionary impact on printing and society in the late 1800s through the mid 1900s.

The movie tells the personal, engaging stories of Linotype operators, and discusses the current relevance of Linotypes in a new age of instant communication.

n Hot Pour: Working with Molten Metal, Saturday, Oct. 5 — 1 p.m. ; Free members/regular admission non-members

Sculptor Josh Coleman will use his portable foundry to demonstrate the process of creating sculpture and tools with hot metal. Visitors will learn how the Col. Benjamin Cleveland statue was cast in bronze, and watch a live demonstration.

The Museum Center at Five Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation.

The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsmen, and authors from within a 200-mile radius.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum Center receive free admission. Group rates are available and the museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.