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December 4, 2017

Christmas at Buhl Planetarium and its Miniature Railroad

Every December, back in the 1970s, my family made its annual trip to Buhl Planetarium to visit the Miniature Railroad & Village. We had a model railroad that filled our basement too, but we marveled at the size and moving figures at the Buhl. It was always crowded and noisy, and sometimes the line wound outside, but when we made it down the final few steps, it was worth the wintry wait.

January 25, 2017

Picture, Picture on the Wall: A Brief History of Early Photography

Photography’s broad appeal is one of the things that makes it such an indelible part of modern society. It’s also something that cultural critics on occasion repeatedly bemoaned as the technology of picture-taking opened up and crossed from the boundaries of art and science into the realm of mass-entertainment.

December 14, 2016

Nativity Scenes From Around the World

Learn about two traditional nativity scenes from around the world on display at the History Center, including an Italian American presepio and a Polish szopka.