At the top of my to-do list this week, face to face with history

Brady and I had a date at the Gilbert History Museum to see the exhibit: Documenting War: The Kinnaman Collection


The exhibit runs until 12/31.  To see the exhibit, ask a docent to take you back to the locked gallery.


We had the place to ourselves.


Some of the items gave me goosebumps.


if you look closely, you can see the signatures of the American soldiers who captured this Nazi flag.


makes it less evil, and more intimate.

1231561_10202031285843904_94307217_oDr. Kinnamen’s collection was formed around the idea of the ordinary men who showed such valor.

sympathy letter to the mother of a lost soldier, from a friend who writes in his four page letter (on display) your son was "one of the closest buddies I had when I was overseas" and the shares his heartbreak(sympathy letter to the mother of a lost soldier, the friend writes in his 4 page letter (on display) your son was “one of the closest buddies I had when I was overseas”)

When you look at his collection. He succeeds.


The collection includes autographs from Abraham Lincoln, General Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Patton and many more.


I encourage you to visit this exhibit, and if you are nearby, buy a family membership. It’s a great value.


The Gilbert History Museum is the best way I know to let my boys get their hands on the past and imagine where we are going.

Thank you Dr. Kinnamen, for sharing your collection with us. You are always welcome to come to my library!



Gilbert History Museum: Why I Bought a Family Membership

Dear Students,

Today I bought a family membership at the Gilbert History Museum.

Because today he stood inside a phone booth, he used a rotary dial, he started to understand that we didn’t always carry a phone in our hands

Because Max was the teacher and led the Pledge of Allegiance, and we sat in the desks and he asked questions and we raised our hands and it was infectious

Behind Max is a slate chalkboard with chalk, the kids can feel wood, slate, chalk and soak up those experiences at an age where it can stay with them forever

Because I want their childhood to have dimension, when they read a book that is evocative of weight, wood or has heft. I want them to know what it feels like, because digitization removes dimension. Can you imagine growing up without using your five senses constantly? How many senses does it take to play on an iPad? I love my iPad, but my boys need to know what chalk feels like. And so much more.

To see a Celtic knot before they see Brave and know art inspires film

When they play a video game or see a movie, I want them to recognize that ideas derive from earlier ideas

Because some things are made to last. Because there is still a place for people that make things. Not everything has to be disposable. There is another way.

I want to visit with them over and over again when they are young so that things that I think are common will be common for them too. I used to visit my Grandmother’s house and play with her old things. I grew up in farmhouse with heavy chestnut molding around the windows, I had a toolbox and played in a creek. Nature is a little further away these days and most of the items in our home are synthetic.

with the tractors out back

I can’t imagine how they can understand what is real and what isn’t real, the way special effects are, how quickly the internet moves. How will they know how far we came if they don’t know where we came from?

Because making something like this by hand is wondrous

I don’t want to turn back the clock. I like the information age. But I also like belonging to a larger story. I know our visit communicated something to my kids. I want my boys to have it all.

An unfinished quilt was found at a Goodwill, donated to the museum, completed by volunteers and displayed as part of the popular annual quilt show. Brady picked it as one of his favorites. All the quilts had a story.

Thank you Gilbert History Museum Community for holding onto the past and keeping it in the present for our children.

Because it is pretty.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Kenney

P.S. The Gilbert Historical Museum is at 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays.

Museum Prices
$5 – Adults
$4 – Seniors
$3 – Children aged 5-12
Free for kids Under 5

My family membership was $40.00. I’m excited to be in the loop.