Squeals of laughter fill the chilly air as children and parents step up into the haywagon and nestle close together. Grandmas and grandpas, standing watch, pull out their cameras to coax a wave and a smile. Bill Bruentrup revs up the tractor and with a sputter it lurches forward, a bright green relic, giving its thirtieth hayride of the day.
People of all ages scatter across the farmyard on a scavenger hunt to seek out the answers to the number of legs on Tillie Howlett’s cow or what meal the residents of the Poor Farm were served on Thursdays. As they search, they stop to watch a video of old 3M television commercials and then turn the corner to peek into a plexiglass case of vintage Scotch tape products and board games. Looking up, they see a life-sized Jackie Gleason boasting of the sticking power of “cellophane tape” for wrapping holiday gifts.
The Maplewood Area Historical Society (MAHS) exists to educate, share and preserve the history of Maplewood. By fulfilling our mission, we believe we are bringing joy to our community! Would you partner with us as we seek to spread our impact to wider circles?