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Little Scotties

An 1880s heart pine cradle has inspired a new exhibit at Alamance Community College’s Scott Family Collection.


On loan from Dr. Charles Scott, “it is believed to have been used for all 14 of Robert Walter and Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Hughes Scott’s children,” said Peggy Boswell, curator of the Scott Family Collection.

“The Little Scotties: An exhibit of Scott family infants and children” opens with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in The Scott Collection, third floor in the Wallace W. Gee Building on the Alamance Community College campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Donations are appreciated. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 31, 2018.

“We typically think of the Scotts as successful adults, but they, too, were children at one time and this exhibit celebrates their childhood from toys, clothes and accessories,” Boswell said.

Items ranging from bottles, furniture, clothing, toys and photos celebrate the Scott family from the 1880s to the 1980s.

In addition to the cradle, a high chair from the Lud Scott family is on display in a 1950s-style kitchen, created by Boswell’s student workers.

Among the items that would have been found in a family’s 1950s kitchen is a baby bottle sterilizer on loan from the Haw River Museum.

“People typically don’t use them anymore because we now have dishwashers to sterilize bottles,” Boswell said.

The Lud Scott family also donated a 1950s-era wooden high chair.

“Items like this one and the cradle were passed down from generation to generation,” she said. “That’s the beauty of this exhibit.”

Hopalong Cassidy was a spokesman for Melville Dairy, a Scott family business, from 1953 to 1959. His image can be found on children’s cups and plates in the exhibit.

Hand-sewn and crocheted baby’s clothes, bonnets and shoes are on display as well as manufactured items such as the Shirley Temple Cinderella frock which is on loan from the Alamance County Historical Museum. An illustration of the child actress is on the dress’ tag.

A collection of Melville baby bottles lines one of the display cases.

“In the 1950s, Melville Dairy would deliver the glass bottles to new mothers. These bottles had nursery rhymes on them, printed in different colors. In addition to the rubber nipple, a metal cap with a slot was included so that the bottle could later be used as a bank for the child,” Boswell said.

Local doll collector Billie Harris, featured on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” has loaned two dolls to the exhibit. Scott family member Dawn Scott Raxter of Raleigh also loaned two of her 1950s dolls. A China doll head once belonging to Anderson Hughes “Jim” Scott also will be included in the display.

“Dolls were given to boys to teach them how to be a good father,” Boswell said.

The exhibit, she said, “is a nice way to compare what conveniences we have today for infants and children. Hopefully it will also be a way to reminisce about their own childhoods as well.”

For more details, call 336-506-4203.

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