Found, Gifted, Saved!
The Mercer Museum Collects Local History

Mercer Museum (84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown)

Friday, October 15, 2021 — Sunday, April 10, 2022
Exhibit included with Mercer Museum admission.

Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History displays a staggering array of artifacts collected by the Bucks County Historical Society between the years of 2000 and 2021. These objects, images, and documents help illuminate the people, history, and culture of
Bucks County.

The exhibit consists of a series of thematic groupings that connect diverse objects, images, and documents in a meaningful and thought-provoking way. These groupings are intended to suggest themes that range chronologically and geographically across Bucks County’s past.

Read the exhibit labels for Found, Gifted, Saved!


The themes on display in the Found, Gifted, Saved! exhibit are:

  • Made in Bucks – Includes objects crafted, manufactured, and marketed in Bucks County, from the 18th through the 20th centuries.
  • The Way We Played – Features artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries related to sports, games, and children’s play in Bucks County.
  • The Times of Our Lives – Includes items that accompany the stages of life: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. This group also included important rites of passage and rituals such as baptism, marriage, and funeral customs.
  • A Diverse People – Features artifacts, documents, and images that illustrate Bucks County’s historical racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, as well as those that document the arrival of immigrants to Bucks County.
  • What We Wore – Includes a broad sampling of men’s and women’s head-, foot-, and outerwear from different periods in Bucks County’s past.
  • Thank You for Your Service – Displays objects, images, and documents representing Bucks County residents in service to their country and community.
  • Which Side Are You On? Politics & Social Movements – Features political campaign and election materials, labor union artifacts, and items connected with various social or environmental movements.
  • The Way We Worked & The Tools We Carried – Includes a variety of implements used or carried by local laborers, objects that represent various types of workplaces, and images depicting the working lives of Bucks County’s people.
  • It Pays to Advertise! – Features numerous examples of advertising and commercial ephemera created to promote local businesses and industries.
  • Going to School in Bucks County – Includes objects and images related to public and private education and students’ school day experiences in Bucks County.
  • Wish You Were Here: Visiting Bucks County – Exhibits materials related to Bucks County’s long history of attracting tourists, day-trippers, artists, celebrities, and seasonal visitors, especially in the 20th century.
  • Collecting the Now – History continues to happen all around us. Materials in this segment reflect some contemporary events, issues, and concerns, collected while these events were happening.
  • Staff Picks – Mercer Museum staff have their own ideas about what local materials BCHS should collect – and why. This regularly-changing segment of the exhibition will highlight artifacts or images that staff members find particularly interesting, relevant, or evocative. Get to know the staff and the connections that they make to the collection!

Read more about this exhibit in our press release.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Tom Thomas

Jim and Kathy Morrison

Alice and Bob Vernon

Brian and Louise McLeod

Raphael Architects

Happ Contractors Inc.

Lower Bucks Hospital – Prime Healthcare

Tinsman Brothers Lumber


More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
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