Stearns Bell Thanks to the generosity of the late Nancy Stearns and her four daughters, we are able to present ‘Shopping During the Holidays: The L.L. Stearns Department Store.’ as our holiday exhibit, It will open on Friday, December 2 for a membership preview evening and continue through Saturday, January 21, 2023. Members are invited for a 6:00 PM preview.

The Community Room will be stocked with memorabilia from the downtown department store which flourished from 1889 to 1994. Among the items on display will be the bell which swung over shoppers’ heads and is being ridden by a little girl (or elf?), the portrait of L.L. Stearns, photographs, boxes and shopping bags, merchandise, advertisements, clothing and a few surprises! Many of the items donated by the Stearns family have not been seen since the store closed. We will be installing the exhibit during the last week of November.