Last Sunday, at the Middleville and District Museum, the dastardly deed was done: Don and Mark Hagan cracked the oldTownship safe that originally came to the office about 1905.
The idea for holding a safe-cracking Museum event came from Middleville’s Emma Schonauer, eight years old, who visits the Museum often and became curious about what might be in the huge old safe. Thank you, Emma!
People from the area came to the Museum to watch the safe-cracking team at work – and work they did, patiently drillingout the old lock. Everyone was invited to enter a draw by offering their best guesses about what would be found once the safe was opened. Frankly, no one was sure there’d be anything in there at all – but lo and behold, the rusty, dingy safe turned out to be full of all kinds of old records. The records, which at a glance seem to include receipts, bills and birth and death records, can’t be examined closely at this point, as they are too fragile to be handled. The museum will be consulting people with expertise in preserving such material to explore the finds in more detail.
Joyce Tennant was the lucky winner of the draw, and was happy to be given a Museum T-shirt as her prize.
A big thanks to the Hagans; to Clarence Gemmill and Trevor Porteous for providing terrific music for the event; and to the community for coming out to take part in an historic Middleville moment.