Museum holds 'Memorabilia Day' to look back at town history

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Jul. 12, 2011
This poster for Donkey Baseball dates from the 1950s. Photos by Melanie Savage.
This poster for Donkey Baseball dates from the 1950s. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Lebanon resident Tracy Lee brought a box of town-related items to share at Memorabilia Day at the Lebanon Historical Society Museum and Visitors Center on July 9. Her mother and her aunt both grew up in Lebanon. “My mother’s mother was actually born in the law office,” said Lee. Lee had a number of photographs that her relatives had collected over the years, as well as a scrapbook that her mother put together featuring members of the Lyman High School Class of 1941.

When Library Director Donna Baron heard that Lee didn’t have a copy of the 1941 yearbook (it is currently in the care of another relative), she momentarily disappeared. She reappeared with the museum’s copy, and the women proceeded to compare the scrapbook to the information contained in the yearbook.

“This is a chance for folks who have memorabilia related to the town of Lebanon to bring their things in here and share them,” said Baron. Other items on display, on loan from private collections or brought out from museum storage, included many pertaining to Lebanon’s history as a farming town. There were milk bottles and egg crates, butter boxes and farm implements. There were several posters from auctions, including one from a local landmark, the Lebanon Creamery.

One of the more interesting posters advertised a game of donkey baseball, circa 1950. “Have you ever been to a donkey baseball game?” asked a visitor, Kay, as she perused the items on display. “I’ve been to one. I think it was up north. It was a lot of fun.”

While Memorabilia Day was a one-day display, there are historical items from the Goshen Church and Lyman Memorial High School which will remain on display throughout the summer. The museum is located at 856 Trumbull Highway, on the Lebanon Town Green. On Aug. 20, the museum will hold a wine, beer and cheese fundraiser with a silent auction. Visit the museum’s website at for details.

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