Museum has plenty to offer this summer

RIPLEY – The Tippah County Historical Museum in Ripley has a lot going on. As summer winds down and school starts in a matter of days, local families and visitors alike might want to put a trip to see the Tippah County historical treasures and exhibits on their list of “things I did this summer.” An exhibit of Ruth Allbritten’s dolls is situated in the museum’s entry. Allbritten started her collection in the ‘80s, and says,”Some are very special to me.” There are American Indian dolls from a variety of native tribes. One, adorned in a bright red costume, was handmade by a famous Navajo doll maker. The oldest doll is an early Madame Alexander baby doll. Two porcelain dolls were gifts from Allbritten’s parents. Said Allbritten, ” This exhibit is only a part of my collection. There is a variety that I felt was representative of the entire group, and I have enjoyed sharing them with museum visitors.” The World War I and II Room includes a new painting of Orville Cotton by Chris Alsup. Cotton was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery. The Civil War Room includes a mourning dress made by Ruth Allbritten from period patterns. Framed military crosses donated by the UDC are on display as well. Cecil Grisham has donated the School Room upstairs that now exhibits early handmade wooden school desks from Chapman School. Children of all ages are fascinated by the outdoor exhibits. A special wall piece is now exhibited that was done by famous trick sharp shooters Ken Beagle and his wife Blanche. Bullets and some accurate shooting did the tin pierced Indian head. The Tippah County Historical Museum has a gift shop and offers a variety of books by area authors. New books include books by Tom Cockrell and Don P. Smith. T-shirts, post cards and small items are among the souvenirs. The museum’s hours are 10 a.m. until 2p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend some adventure time with family and friends at one of Tippah County’s premier spots.

Jane Matthews/Southern Sentinel