Just because you're old doesn't mean you can't be useful. In this wing of the museum, I will be letting you know about new homes for working radios, places where they will be played and enjoyed by many for years to come.
Earlier this year, I visited a place called "Sauder Village" in Archbold, Ohio. It's a smaller version of Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. It has a 1920's main street and it was bustling with visitors. Among the many businesses was a drugstore with soda fountain and booths (where you could grab a chocolate sundae) and the movie theatre. The place was missing only one thing, music from the twenties to make the atmosphere perfect.
After receiving the contact information I needed, I emailed Tracie Evans, the curator for the village/museum and offered to donate a working radio and speaker set up to the village. More emails were sent back and forth and finally a phone call sealed the deal. We set an appointment for December 1st and my wife and I headed out on a two hour road trip to Archbold.
The hardware store on Main Street in Sauder Village, the new home for the A.C. Dayton radio.
Back home in Ohio. The A.C. Dayton XL-5 was accompanied by an Atwater Kent E2 speaker which I donated along with the radio. Tracie Evans, the curator, will take care of hiding the transmitter later. Visitors will enjoy the 1920s music that will be played on the radio by way of an MP3 player. (Don't tell anyone about the MP3 player, let them think it really is the 1920s again.)
That's Tracie Evans , the musuem curator on the right and myself on the left. Tracie and the rest of the gang we met at the village were terrific and we enjoyed our time there. Tracie invited us back in the spring. We look forward to seeing her and the village again.
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