The Ailman Family in Silver City - A family friendly interactive parlor exhibition
This interactive exhibition allows visitors to enter into and experience the Victorian Parlor of the H. B. Ailman family. It is a family friendly exhibit that all age groups will enjoy.
H. B. Ailman built the home in 1881 that now houses the Silver City Museum. The parlor has been designed for guests to actually use the vintage and reproduction furniture and games, and experience what a fine home in Silver City would have been like in the 1890s. Parlors were used to express wealth and for entertaining guests.
H.B. Ailman and Family in the Parlor (Collection of the Silver City Museum)
Built to Change:
The Evolving Story of the Historic Ailman House
Built to Change, located in the historic Ailman House, share a little of the long history of this beautiful house and its occupants. Past occupants include the Ailman family, the Hobart family, and later a boarding house for many new arrivals, City Hall, and for a time, the Silver City fire station. Also in this exhibit, the museum shares more information on architectural features of the home. There is a wonderful large-scale model of the house on display along with original Ailman family artifacts and other objects of the time period from the museum's collection.
April 1917: The United States Enters World War I
Exhibit runs March 21 - May 14, 2017
On 6 April 1917 the United States joined the Allies in fighting in France. Although the United States had professed no desire to fight in a war created by Europeans, by early 1917 it was apparent that America's assistance would change the outcome of the struggle. Grant County professed enthusiastic support once war was officially declared. Hundreds of Grant County men joined up or were drafted into the military. Forty were killed in the Great War. Over two million American men and women were sent to Europe. It is estimated that worldwide there were 38 million casualties. Of this number, 320,518 were from the U.S. This exhibit features military uniforms and original photographs from the Museum's collection.
Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women
Exhibit runs through April 2017
Many of the stories of women in southwest New Mexico have been obscured in history, lost in the telling by predominantly masculine chroniclers. In some ways, women's stories are simply a focused version of people's stories as a whole. And yet women occupy unique niches across cultures by holding specific knowledge, performing work, and assuming roles essential to both basic survival and cultural cohesion.
Within the array of cultures that have touched southwestern New Mexico - Mimbres, Apache, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo - women's contributions are as varied and mosaic as the cultures themselves. Women are warriors, social organizers, hunters, potters, explorers, and messengers. Often, through necessity or opportunity, they subvert gender norms and buck historical assumptions as to the scope of their capabilities. And yet, quite literally, certain threads universally bind women's roles. They process and stitch fibers into clothing, procure food and shelter, tend children and animals, and maintain medicinal knowledge. Women are the artisans of survival, sustaining their communities through hard, skilled labor.
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The Silver City Museum's exhibit entitled, The Flood Season: How Silver City's Main Street Became the Big Ditch
features historic photographs and eyewitness newspaper accounts from the many floods that destroyed downtown Main Street in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Historic District Window Exhibits
Historic Districts Interpretive window exhibits are on display facing the Courtyard.Each of the four districts
has a map, with corresponding information about the history and architecture of the district.The maps
interpret the unique buildings and history of Silver City, and the importance of historic preservation.Walking tours
of three historic districts include:
- Historic Business District,
- La Capilla,
- Gospel Hill.
Each tour includes maps, illustrations, and histories of specific buildings in the tour area. These materials are currently available for free, while supplies last, at the Silver City Museum and the Murray Ryan Visitor Center.