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Darold Wax | Mansfield and the Patrons of Husbandry

“How you gonna keep them down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree” captures the concern even if the song was not popularized by returning American doughboys until after World War I. Life on the farm — isolated, deprived and economically distressed — seemed to pale when compared with the glitz and glamour of urban styles.
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Darold Wax | Mansfieldʼs beginnings: Memoir tells the story

1776 by most measures was a notable year in America. The Declaration of Independence alone made it so. Jeffersonʼs achievement, however, had been preceded by Thomas Paineʼs influential pamphlet “Common Sense”, which presented the case for independence. Marshaling the evidence in support of separation, Paine authored Americaʼs first best-seller.
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Darold Wax | Mansfield's flying farmers paid a price

Charles Lindbergh created an immediate sensation when his 33 hour solo flight across the Atlantic ended successfully outside Paris on May 21, 1927. He became an instant hero. First Paris mobs and then the entire world — from Bombay, India to Bogota, Columbia — erupted in celebration.  Man and machine — the Spirit of St. Louis — had triumphed in a dramatic demonstration of technology in service to humanity.
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Darold Wax | The Cold War comes to Mansfield

Peeling back the layers of history to summertime 1962 lands us squarely in the middle of the Cold War. That long international stand-off had widespread implications, touching our lives in countless ways. Mansfield affords an illustration of the pervasiveness of the conflict. 
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Darold Wax | Our local historians preserved a wealth of information

Let’s hear if for the caretakers of our past. That could be a tall order, stretching from the History faculty at Harvard to the many family genealogists who operate at the micro-level. I have in mind a smaller cohort, the local historians who have prepared written accounts of our area communities. Their combined efforts have resulted in a shelf of books preserving our regional history. Wenatchee, to begin with our urban hub, has produced several historians. John Gellatly’s “A History of Wenatchee,” published in 1963, is regarded as the authoritative ...
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Darold Wax | It takes creativity, engagement to keep museum alive

As residents of near — by communities can attest, operating a small local museum has its challenges. For starters, an engaged citizenry is necessary. Lacking such a base, the effort is likely doomed from the outset. Equally vital is an active and imaginative board of directors, able to envision and plan. And all bets are off without a corps of volunteers willing to labor in the trenches, assisting with everything from washing windows and sweeping floors to greeting visitors. The Mansfield Museum, happily, is well-endowed with these crucial elements.
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Darold Wax | The Mansfield Museum — busy collecting and connecting

Like most museums, the Mansfield Museum is home to a variety of exhibits, some designed as more or less permanent while others, including our special annual displays, have a shorter public lifespan. All, however, permanent and temporary, depend upon the cooperation and generosity of our supporters for the artifacts and other pieces that make up each display. Without citizen involvement, our museum would be hard-pressed to deliver on a key assignment: to preserve and present, with the aim of revealing the past and informing the future. And so the Mansfield ...