New twists for museum fundraiser

Debut of a major new exhibit Pathways to Freedom about slavery

An elegant evening of immersion in the foundations of Marietta’s history is being offered Friday night.

It’s the sixth annual such event, with a new title this year: The Campus Martius Experience.

For a $55 ticket, those who attend can wander the exhibits to live soft jazz music by the Dan Rees trio, sample hors d’oeuvres by four caterers and get an exclusive preview of two new exhibits while sipping adult beverages.

“It’s our main fundraiser of the year, the big event that helps us keep our doors open,” said Christina Tilton, director of marketing and office management. “It’s a time for us to impress the community with how the museums are running, what we’re doing, and to show them a little fun.”

Those who attend will have the chance to have their portraits taken and framed at a photo booth, and the Rufus Putnam House, an original structure dating from the late 1700s, will be lit by battery-powered candelight for evening tours, she said. The house is the only original structure remaining at the site.

The museum is built on the location of a stockade built by settlers for defense for a four-year period during the hostilities between settlers and native Americans. The Ohio Indian Wars ended in 1974, and the stockade was dismantled afterward, its wood used as building materials for houses and other structures.

The museum was established in 1928, both as a means of preserving artifacts of Marietta’s history and educating the public about the area’s rich past.

Friday night will see the opening of a major new exhibit, Pathways to Freedom, which Tilton said is about slavery and the Marietta area. An additional dimension for those who attend Friday evening will be offered by curator

Denver Norman, who Tilton said has a personal connection to the exhibit through his ancestors.

Pathways to Freedom will be a two-part exhibit, she said, with part one running through May 2018 and part two running from May to October 2018.

“What makes this different is that it’s focused solely on this area. There’s so much people don’t know about it,” Tilton said.

Another exhibit opening Friday night, Tilton said, will be The Artist’s Eye Reflected on Glass, a display of photos taken by Thomas Dwight Biscoe, who was a professor at Marietta College from 1874 to 1907. Biscoe left a large collection of glass-plate photos of his journeys and experiences around West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, along with pictures of the Marietta College campus, from the late 1800s through the early 1900s.

The evening also will include recognition of Dr. Gregory and DiAnn Krivchenia for their contributions to the community. A plaque will be hung in the museum, Tilton said.

For information on tickets, call the museum at 740-373-3750 or stop by the building at Second and Washington streets. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

At a glance

The Campus Martius Experience

¯ What: An evening at the Campus Martius Museum.

¯ When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

¯ Where: Campus Martius Museum, Second and Washington streets.

¯ Cost: Tickets are $55.

¯ The cause: The museum’s biggest annual fundraising event, helps pay operating costs including utilities, maintenance and salaries.

¯ For tickets: Phone the museum at 740-373-3750 for information