It might not at first seem like there’s a world full of history contained inside, but if one lingers a while in the top-floor exhibit room of the Decatur Historical Society Museum, there’s a sense of experience and sophistication that stretches around the globe.
That’s precisely the impression Historical Society Executive Director Dustin White hopes to impart to visitors at the museum’s International Crafts and Travel Display, which is currently available for public viewing at 222 N. Franklin St., Greensburg.
In creating the display, White told the Greensburg Daily News, the Historical Society’s Board of Directors hoped to “highlight different craft items from around the world that are right here in Decatur County. We’re hoping to inspire Decatur County residents to take some time to celebrate other cultures because we often don’t.”
The area’s oft-absent celebration of diversity is unfortunate, White added, because it by no means signifies that there’s no cultural diversity here. Nothing could be further from the truth, in fact, and the rich array of items on display is testament to that fact, White said.
All the items were donated by private, individual and business donors and included displays and items from India, Thailand, Africa, Mexico, Europe, America and various other locals from around the globe.
Of all the items featured, White himself expressed a preference for a full display of Japanese “Hinamatsuri” dolls donated by the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library.
Hinamatsuri dolls, White explained, are part of a yearly celebration in Japan. The dolls themselves, which are displayed on rich red carpet, represent the Japanese Emperor and Empress, and their court, all outfitted in period dress from the Heian period of Japanese history.