Brown bag it to the museum Thursday

By Lois Tomaszewski
Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH — Several everyday things that we take for granted today had their beginnings at the Columbian Exposition in 1893. And Argos first-grade teacher Jenny Harness is ready to share her expertise about this important event at a lunchtime brown bag presentation tomorrow at the Marshall County History Museum.

Harness, who collects souvenirs and artifacts from the Columbian Exposition, is prepared to share what she knows about this historic event, including discussing the lasting impact of the fair on the present day. These influences include architecture, culture icons and products.

The presentation will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Marshall County Museum.

“We are encouraging people to bring their brown bag lunch to the museum to be entertained as well as educated on the many influences the Chicago World’s Fair had on many everyday things we enjoy today from hamburgers, and brownies to Juicy Fruit gum and even the inspiration for Disney World and “The Wizard of Oz,” said museum publicist Mindy Langdon in a press release announcing the event.

(For more on Harness' Columbian Exposition story, see the July 17 edition of the Pilot News.)