October 13, 2021

“Found, Gifted, Saved!” Artifacts Exhibition at Mercer Museum

“FOUND, GIFTED, SAVED!” This Fly Tying Kit is part of a new exhibit of Bucks County artifacts, on view at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa., October 15 through April 10.

The Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa., operated by the Bucks County Historical Society (BCHS), has announced its new major exhibit, “Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History,” on view in the Martin & Warwick Foundation Galleries from October 15 through April 10, 2022.

The exhibit displays a vast 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.

“Found, Gifted, Saved!” 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. 

Highlighted artifacts on display include a Brewster F2A “Buffalo” Fighter Cockpit, a Joseph Ellicott Tall Case Clock, a Brashears Family Crazy Quilt, and a Graflex Press Camera of Gene Asro.

Bucks County Historical Society’s Vice President of Collections and Interpretation Cory Amsler said, “A huge challenge for museums collecting local history is to adequately represent — in objects, images, and documents — the full complexity of a community’s past and the diversity of its people. We hope this exhibit launches a conversation with visitors about what we have been able to capture, what we have missed, and whether the things we’ve acquired help tell the stories that are most important and relevant to us as Bucks County residents.”

Members of the Bucks County Historical Society are invited to preview the exhibit early at a dedicated Member Morning on Friday, October 15, with reserved timed-ticket entry exclusively offered for members online.

“Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History” is included with general Mercer Museum admission. In addition, the Mercer Museum will host a slate of community programs related to the exhibit throughout the season.

The Mercer Museum is located at 84 South Pine Street in Doylestown, Pa., is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. via timed-entry slots. Advance tickets are highly recommended. To learn more, visit mercermuseum.org.