AwtB #6: Wren’s Historical Adventure

Hi people! Wren here again!

You know how we Buddies love to travel, right? Well, as part of a recurring theme, Orchid has decided that every time we come across a historic area while driving through some town or other, we’re to take photos and post about it here. That’s not always my specialty, of course. Debbie is the one in our family who’ll be writing about travels and that kinda stuff the most. (She’s a Madame Alexander doll who’s still put away, but will be coming out of “hibernation” soon. Do dolls even hibernate? I know I haven’t in recent times. πŸ˜› ) Meanwhile I’m the one who gets to explore and climb around and do all sorts of silly things and let Orchid photograph me! Fun.

Last week, we were driving through a town enjoying the scenery, and the finally-not-so-sweltering-weather, when we came across this area near a place called the Michener Museum; the James A. Michener Art Museum, to be precise. The museum itself was built in 1988 and named after the guy James A. Michener, who apparently lived around there.

Who is this Michener fellow, you ask? Well, does the name of a certain musical,Β South Pacific, sound familiar? That’s right, he was the one who wrote a novel titled Tales of the South Pacific, and won a Pulitzer Prize for it (1948). Eventually Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II turned that series of short stories into the famously acclaimed musical that you can still see today.

Speaking of which, Orchid and her Mom went to see South Pacific sometime last year. They say it was fun, and may even transcribe the follow-up review they wrote of the musical itself sometime. (That was way before I arrived, but I’ve listened to the soundtrack and OH MY GOODNESS. JUST WOW.) The cool part was that we didn’t even know James Michener had lived right there! We were literally just driving through. πŸ™‚

We didn’t really have time to stop by the museum. Instead, what drew us all to the area was a little spectacle of an artifact right at the corner of a sidewalk:

There was a sign detailing Michener’s life, hence how we knew about him being around there (which I think forgot to be sorted in this photo collection… oops).

Anyway, here’s a closeup of the little statue displayed within this architectural fragment:

It was really an artifact in the middle of a street/neighborhood, so we could totally walk in and have a look around. I got some photos of the right wall to the side of the monument:

And further back, with the entrance in view:

To the right of the entrance was this sign attached to the brick wall:

“Look to the future through the past.” How cool is that?! It’s fascinated me to no end. πŸ˜‰

Orchid and I walked in through the little door, and could reasonably shuffle around to take some photos:

Directly through there was a parking lot, with barely anyone around:

And then, of course, it was time for pictures! I climbed up on a little rock ledge that might have been part of a wall, and let Orchid snap some photos of me:

And then it occurred to me… why not try to climb the thing? Can’t be any harm in getting some exercise, right?

“Is it safe?” I asked Orchid. “Should be,” she answered. Which wasn’t the reply I was looking for, but hey, I tried it out anyway:

“I can do this!”

Well, I didn’t make it all the way up to the next ledge, but it was fun trying all the same. (I think.)

We stepped back out through the entrance and looked around. There were plenty of signs and whatnot, and this one interesting post that seemed to be for illustrative directions:

Right in front of the monument was a sign standing in the grass. It relayed some info about the place, and that what we were standing on used to be a high school:

It appears the school was built around 1890. Then it caught fire and burned down. Such a shame… I’m starting to think the little monument thing was actually part of the school wall. In fact, I’m quite sure, looking at where the little entrance was on the right corner of the school building illustration (above).

Oh yeah… then we found this on the other corner of the wall, so it’s confirmed:

Even more awesome is the fact that not only did James Michener attend the high school, but Margaret Mead did as well! Think of all the history there, people! (And it seems the class bell is still around somewhere in that area!)

Also a few feet away was this sign, about a guy by the name of William H. Eastburn III, Esquire:

Wow, he did a lot of good deeds in his life. My hats off to him. πŸ™‚

After a few minutes of looking around, we “entered” back through the door, and I got to pose (very precariously) on the bird statue:

Then I got it into my head to try to reach the highest branches of the trees above, so I asked Orchid for a boost. Which didn’t go very far, but there was still shade and a nice breeze, so I’m happy with the effort:

And now, returning to the more recent sign with the cool quote…. This wouldn’t have been around when the school and its occupants were here, but it’s still a really cool feature to the now-monument-building-wall-thing!

Yes, I couldn’t resist…

“What’s that, Orchid? Oh, yeah, sorry, I got distracted…”

And then, being the brave little dolly that I am, I decided to try climbing the ledge again.

It went a little better this time, I think? Maybe?

“Er, help, I’m… stuck.”

Okay, okay, it didn’t go as well as I’d planned. Anyway.

We went back out one more time to see if there was anything else, and, lo and behold, what did catch our attention but a TIME CAPSULE. A kind of recent one, but it’s still fantastic!

Now that, folks, is my ultimate photo memorabilia of the day. To literally be right next to a time capsule. I’m in awe. It made my week. πŸ˜€

Oh, and one more picture, this time of my fishtail braid, when we were inside the place. Orchid thought it had a cool lighting effect with the bricks:

All in all, instead of “Some Enchanted Evening” (get the reference? πŸ˜‰ ), it was some enchanted afternoon! I hope we can find other places like that soon to visit, and blog about. Let us know what you think!

I hear thunder in the distance now… better get this post finished. Don’t forget, folks, tomorrow is Father’s Day! Here’s an early congratulations to all the dads and granddads for being who they are, and doing their absolute best. Orchid says there will be an extra special post about celebrating the occasion tomorrow. I’ll talk to you guys next week!



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