Cleveland Works exhibit at Museum Center at 5ive Points offers hands-on exploration of Bradley County’s industrial heritage

Cleveland, Tenn. (July 9, 2013)—In the years following the Great Depression, Bradley County emerged from its rural roots as a nationally recognized hotbed of industry. At the Museum Center of 5ive Point’s Cleveland Works exhibit, visitors will explore this fascinating story, including themes of transportation, communication, and labor relations. Cleveland Works is sponsored by Bank of Cleveland and is scheduled to run from Aug. 2-Oct. 12. Admission is free for members, with regular admission for non-members. The Members Only Opening Reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., with a talk by Curator of Collections Lisa Chastain.  

“This exhibit highlights Cleveland and Bradley County’s rich industrial history by telling the stories of companies such as Hardwick Woolen Mills, Cleveland Casket Company, and Dixie Foundry, which was later bought by Whirlpool,” said Chastain. “Whether setting the bar as a center for cutting-edge communications, or making national news with labor walkouts and riots, our region’s industrial history is filled with energy, drama, and surprises.”

“We appreciate Bank of Cleveland’s sponsorship of this important exploration of our region’s industrial heritage,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar.

The family-friendly exhibit will have hands-on elements for children of all ages, such as enameling rocks, which were used to put enamel on stoves in the early 1900s. Featured artifacts will include a1935 stove developed by Hardwick Stove Company and a two-ton linotype machine, used to print poster and other marketing materials in the 1950s.

Educational programming will also enhance visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the exhibit:

Family Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 31—10 a.m.
$4 members/$7 non-members
This workshop for adults and children over the age of 5 will explore early newspaper typesetting methods as participants take a closer look at the linotype machine. Participants will make their own “type” which will be used to create a poster and a reusable stamp. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Call Jennifer White at 423-339-5745 or email jwhite@museumcenter.org.

Linotype: The Film
Thursday, Sept. 5—6 p.m.
FREE members/regular admission non-members
This feature-length documentary focuses on the linotype type-casting machine, dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, because of its revolutionary impact on printing and society in the late-1800s through mid-1900s. The movie tells the personal, engaging stories of linotype operators, and discusses the current relevance of linotypes in a new age of instant communication.

Hot Pour: Working with Molten Metal
Saturday, October 5—1 p.m.
FREE members/regular admission non-members 
Sculptor Josh Coleman will use his portable foundry to demonstrate the process of creating sculpture and tools with hot metal. Visitors will learn how the Benjamin Cleveland statue was cast in bronze and watch a live demonstration.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.