Current and Upcoming Exhibits
America's Road: The Journey of Route 66
May 31, 2014 – August 24, 2014
This exhibit takes visitors on a geographical and historical tour of the iconic highway, from the highway’s opening in 1926, up to the present day. Graphic displays, props, artifacts, interpretive text, and interactive experiences – including a drive-in theater and a period radio show – help deliver the story. Themes include American migration, the evolution of automotive travel, roadside architecture, and technological and cultural innovation. Included, too, with the exhibit is a photo essay created by photographer and author Russell Olsen. Olsen researched and photographed 75 classic service stations, motor courts, restaurants and other sites along Route 66. The Mercer Museum will augment the exhibit with vintage automobiles and other items of automotive culture. On display, will be a 1969 Mercedes 600 (short-wheelbase), once owned by Elvis Presley. Route 66 is produced and traveled by NRG! Exhibits of Kirkland, Washington.
David and Dorree Wickman
Join us for these America's Road themed programs and activities:
Doylestown Walking Tour: Automotive History and Culture
Friday, August 15, 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm
Matchbox/Hot Wheels Derby Day
Saturday, August 16, Noon – 3 pm
A transportation-themed family scavenger hunt through the Museum is also available at the Mercer Welcome Desk for the duration of the exhibit.
For All the World to See: Visual Culture & the Struggle for Civil Rights
September 6, 2014-October 26, 2014
The exhibit examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940’s to the mid-1970’s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency. Also on view, the companion exhibits: The Negative Imagery of Race: 100 Years of Stereotyping and A Selection of Quilts by Linda Salley in Honor of the African American Museum of Bucks County.
Exhibit is made possible through NEH on the Road. Adapted from an original show organized by The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution.
Tom and Patti* Thomas
Brian & Louise McLeod
Honorable Clyde W. Waite & Verna Hutchinson
Support for programming provided by: The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Pennsylvania Abolition Society, Melissa V. Bond, Attorney, Ceile E. Hedberg, Norman & Inez Bing, Joyce A. Hadley, Yvette E. Taylor-Hachoose and On Demand! Programs and Events.
Join us for these For All the World to See Programs:
La Citadelle: Layle Lane, Civil Rights Pioneer
Saturday, September 13, 2 p.m.
Film Showing and Discussion: Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders
Saturday, September 20, 2 p.m.
Distinguished Lecture: For All the World to See: Photography and Visual Media in Movements for Change
Saturday, September 27, 2 p.m.
Theatrical Concert: We Shall Not Be Moved!
Saturday, October 18, 3 p.m.
Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
An annual museum tradition that captures the excitement of Christmas from a child’s point of view. Amidst trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, from the 1860s to the 1960s, visitors discover an array of toys and games like those that once delighted children on Christmas mornings. Exhibit features decorations and toys from the Mercer Museum and major private collections, with new objects on view each year.
House and Home
January 24, 2015 – March 15. 2015
What makes a house a home? Throughout American history, people have lived in all sorts of places, from military barracks and two‐story colonials to college dormitories and row houses. The exhibit embarks on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, to explore the varied history, and many cultural meanings of the American home through film clips, construction materials, domestic artifacts, and photographs.
This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. House & Home was organized by the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., and curated by Sarah Leavitt. Additional support was provided by the Home Depot Foundation.