KENOSHA — Two new exhibits are on display at the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place.

“Kenosha’s Secret Societies” is on display through the middle of June and includes artifacts from organizations like the Knights Templar and Knights of Pythias. In the decades after the Civil War, fraternal and benevolent societies experienced unprecedented growth. By the 20th century, these organizations were the bedrock of civic life and played an important role in giving aid to those in need. Despite their prominence, real information about them is scarce.

“The Rise of Luxuries” looks at the proliferation of time-saving household gadgets. The first few decades of the last century saw immense growth in the ownership of electric appliances and other items which made household chores easier and faster. Ironically, much of the growth took place during the Great Depression. This exhibit looks at examples and puts their growth in context, and will be on display through October.

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Loreen Mohr is the community coordinator for The Journal Times.

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