“WILLIAMSTON DEPOT'S TELEGRAPH STATION” is the title of a new permanent exhibit that recreates the railroad/Western Union telegraph station that originally was in the depot, located “by the railroad tracks.” The Depot was moved in 1979, by volunteers, to its current site. The “bay window” area was once the telegraph station. Board member Earl Wolf, who spearheaded the creation of the exhibit, states: “the board had talked about recreating a telegraph station in that spot for a long time, but we lacked many artifacts and the expertise.” Earl stumbled upon the name of Robert Hibbard, who is 92 plus and learned telegraphy after WWII. He worked as a telegrapher at nearly every train depot across lower Michigan. Mr. Hibbard volunteered to donate priceless telegraph artifacts as well as his knowledge to complete our exhibit.
"WILLIAMSTON IN WAR"
This exhibit was professionally done by board member Earl Wolf and contains artifacts and information about the men and woman from Williamston who served in the Second World War.
"The History of Williamston"
This exhibit consists of nine cases which tell the story of Williamston from the first settlers up until the present.
temporary Exhibits & DISPLAYS
"FROM DRY GOODS TO MEN'S WEAR" is the title of an exhibit about Barrett’s clothing store which was located at 111 West Grand River in Williamston until it closed several years ago. It was a family-owned clothing store known for many years as “Barrett’s Store for Men and Boys.” Exhibit creator Linda Siciliano said she was inspired to do the exhibit because Barrett’s was the “longest operating business in Williamston.” The exhibit features many items carried by the store over the years, including a 1920's credit safe which will be available for visitors to peruse and possibly find the name of an ancestor who shopped in town.
RAILROAD ARTIFACTS FROM THE STICKLE FAMILY
On display in this case are some of the artifacts Williamston resident Russ Stickle collected during his life. The artifacts were presented to the museum by his wife after his death.