The Meramec Valley Historical Museum in Pacific will have its debut opening during Cruise Night Saturday, June 29.
“We will be open all day during the event,” museum director Jeannie Bandermann said.
The museum, located at 206 W. Union St., features several rooms containing historic relics of the Pacific and Meramec Valley area, including railroad memorabilia, veterans’ uniforms from historical wars, such as World War II, period clothing, a display about the old Hogan Dairy, and even the gigantic shoes from Bandermann’s father’s alter ego, “Gabby the Clown.”
“He was a Shriner clown,” she said. “He used to ride on a three-wheel motorcycle in parades. He really loved it.”
The museum also contains Pacific High School yearbooks that people can come in and browse to reminisce about their teen-age years.
Bandermann has yearbooks dating back to the 1950s, but is missing some volumes and said she would welcome any donations.
Most of the displays at the museum have been generously donated by Pacific residents and past and present business owners and their families.
One of the special exhibits at the museum, Bandermann said, is an entire room dedicated to veterans, both local and nonlocal.
There are photo displays of the men who served in various conflicts dating back to the Civil War.
Bandermann said she and the museum committee are redoing the display, scanning all the photos to reprint them and putting them on new display boards.
The museum will premiere the display in the front yard during Cruise Night, along with a new 2014 calendar that contains pictures of veterans who gave their lives for their country.
The calendars will be available for $10, with proceeds going to support the museum’s operations. Calendars from previous years are available for $5.
Following Cruise Night, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, call Bandermann at 636-257-5652, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.