GROVE CITY – For a while, at least, each of us remain in a state of “great expectation.” We are still in the throes of the beginning of a new year. What will it bring?

Our country is off and running with a new administration. How will the changes impact me or my family?

We remain eager every day to hear the latest with regard to vaccine availability. Where do I go or how do I register for it? In all cases, we will be looking ahead to what’s coming while glancing back to what was.

That is what happens constantly at the Grove City Area Historical Society and Museum at 111 College Ave. in Grove City. Volunteers there live for the goal of documenting the history of the Grove City area while educating both the current generation and the upcoming generation.

They realize that to understand and appreciate the value of what we currently have at our disposal (looking ahead), we must be able to observe where it came from, and how it all evolved (looking back).

Toward that end, we invite the community to drop by and take a look at the newly installed window display, “Great Expectations, 2021.” It is the first window in the 2021 series, challenging the observer to look back, with respect, to learn from our forebears, how far we have come.

The current window showcases vintage items gifted with love. The inspiration for the window came via a donation from Brenda McBride of exquisite maternity outfits worn by her mother, Madeleine McBride.

On display are a vintage high chair and a vintage potty chair from the Schiestle estate. The ornate buggy, circa 1896, was a gift from Ben W. Phillips and Betty Jean Morris.

The monochromatic display of knit sweaters, baby shoes, cloth diapers, and “rubber” pants can’t help but remind today’s new parents of the great variety of color and choice they have now when they clothe their newborn. View the toys, books, and games of a bygone era, toys that are still sturdy and usable after decades of use.

Finally, the window shopper can gaze, with delight, on this window’s point of focus: the nine-plus rooms in the newly-acquired Victorian dollhouse. It was completely furnished by Joan Fennick and given to the society, with love, by her family.

Joan, who passed away recently at age 81, spent many years researching, collecting, assembling and painting the period-correct pieces, which she proudly displayed in her home. Grove City’s history records many homes of similar design and furnishing.

When today’s window visitor looks at the differences between these pieces of memorabilia (looking back) and items available to new parents today because of the progress of design and manufacturing (looking ahead), they will delight in the nostalgia but be humbly grateful for the improvements of our day.

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