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Quincy Museum to reopen Saturday

Posted: Apr. 16, 2010 8:51 am Updated: Jun. 2, 2010 6:59 am

The Quincy Museum will reopen Saturday with new exhibits "Work and Play on the Mighty Mississippi" and "Decoy Carvers of the Quincy Area."

"Work and Play on the Mighty Mississippi" is a two-part exhibit that looks at the ways in which people today and in the past utilized the Mississippi River for recreation and business.

The exhibit is divided into two rooms, one of which emphasizes the work theme and the other devoted to recreation.

In the work section, guests can learn about ice harvesting on Quincy Bay, what products are brought in and out of Quincy by barge today, Cliff Padgett and his Miss Quincy series of boats, and Quincy Welding and its engines for hydroplanes.

Also showcased are the Quincy Fire Department Water Response Team and the Quincy Barge Builders and the World War II landing craft manufactured here.

The second portion of the exhibit emphasizes recreation with cases on picnicking yesterday and today, hunting and fishing, Quinsippi Island and the boat clubs that once competed against one another on the river. A special feature is a multimedia presentation regarding historic Quincy and the Mississippi River.

"Decoy Carvers of the Quincy Area" is an exhibit featuring a collection of both working and decorative decoys carved by men in and around Quincy. Featured are rare and valuable decoys carved by Henry Geese and George Dissever.

The Quincy Museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 5 and above and students. Call 224-7669 for more information or to schedule a group tour.

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