History of Fair Museum
The idea of creating a West End Fair Museum was conceived in 1995 in order to celebrate our 75th Anniversary in 1996. It was decided to use the old fair office building that was originally built in 1927 by Eugene George of Aquashicola to advertise his plumbing and heating supplies. He later gave this to the fair association when it was used as the office until 1970 when a new office was erected. The first museum contained antique farm and household items on loan from directors and friends of the fair. Letter boxes from the original Gilbert Post Office, a store counter from Pearsol’s Store in Kunkletown, a blue enamel coffee pot used in the original fair office, a kewpie doll won by Carl Davidson many years ago, silverware used in the fair’s dining room, old maps of Monroe County, an original West End Fair poster from 1955, an FFA jacket from the 1950’s, a small handmade quilt embroidered with patches representing fair exhibits were just a few of the items on display. Because the West End Fair Museum was an instant hit with fairgoers, it was decided to make it a permanent fixture. The museum continued to grow throughout the years. Each year a different theme was spotlighted:1996 First year—No Theme1997 Quilts1998 Tools1999 Antique Kitchen Items2000 Then and Now 2001 Antique Parlor Items 2002 Christmas in August2003 Military, Depression Glass and General Store Items2004 Donated Items from the Norman Brong Family2005 New Building –No Theme2006 Fair Memorabilia2007 Old Photos and Cameras2008 Politics2009 Polk High School2010 Chestnuthill High School2011 One-Room School, Monroe County 175th Anniversary, PVHS 50th Anniversary 2012 General Store and Military Exhibit2013 250th Chestnuthill Township Anniversary2014 Aprons and Cutting Boards
2015 Christmas Memories
2016 Valentine's Day & Mother's Day
Today we have the original fair office building and a 50 by 80 foot addition, but with the many donations from generous people, each year it becomes more difficult to find room for our displays. This is a problem we will gladly deal with. A solution will be found. In the meantime our museum is one of the most popular attractions at the fair as people relate their own special stories that our objects bring to mind.
The fair museum is a labor of love for Chairperson Dorothy Davidson and her committee. Their hard work does not go unnoticed as the patrons contentedly stroll through the displays.
Nostalgia. Education. Enjoyment.
That is what we strive for and believe that we have achieved.