Pointers Get Taste of History During Library of Congress Exhibit Stop
From Montieth Cub Scouts to curious residents, the two-day stop of the traveling exhibit drew residents in to see a glimpse of history.
From Scouts to history buffs, the Library of Congress' free exhibit Gateway to Knowledge attracted a diverse crowd of people during its December 17-18 stop at the Provencal-Weir House in Grosse Pointe Farms.
The traveling exhibition, housed in an 18-wheel truck, included several historic exhibits. Facsimiles of the 1455 Gutenberg Bible, the 1507 Waldseemüller Map (the first map to use the word "America"), the original 1962 comic book Spider-Man drawings, a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, Walt Whitman's poem "Leaves of Grass" and the handwritten manuscript to jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton's "Frog-i-More Rag" are all a part of the tour.
Cub scout troop 85 from Monteith Elementary visited early Saturday to earn a badge for government and it helps them to work on their "Bear Ranking," a troop leader said.
Michigan-based MRA Experiential Tours & Equipment produced the "Gateway to Knowledge" traveling exhibit. MRA President Harry Kurtz said the Provencal-Weir House was the 23rd stop and the tour has been "spectacular" to date. He added that the Spider-Man exhibit was one of the most popular displays among visitors.
Farms residents Jackie and Dick Rybinski said they enjoyed their visit but liked the Provencal-Weir House more, where members of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society played the full size music box for them, Jackie Rybinski said.
Chelsie Reno of Grosse Pointe Park was one of many students with their parents who searched for answers on a self-guided scavenger hunt offered by the Grosse Pointe Public Library. Students had to answer questions such as, "Who was Jelly Roll Morton?" and "What is the title of the comic book in which Spiderman first appeared?"
The next stop for the "Gateway to Knowledge" will be January 4-5 at the Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Michigan.
Editor Sara Eaton Martin contributed to this article.