SPRINGFIELD, NJ — An exhibit currently at the Palmer Museum in the Springfield Library takes visitors through the eccentricities of its namesake's collection in a display titled Far From Springfield; Items From Far and Wide From the Palmer Collection.
Springfield Free Public Library Director Dale Spindel spoke with TAPinto Springfield about the current exhibit. She noted that an earlier exhibit had showcased Palmer's eccentricities as a collector, but this was one of the first times the artifacts had been on display.
"He had wide-ranging interests," Spindel said. "I believe that his collecting passion began with local artifacts, like native American artifacts, arrowheads, things like that he found around here. And then once the collecting bug bit him, he kind of expanded his range of interests and without knowing what he did, my understanding is that when other people traveled, he asked them to bring him back items that were interesting.
"That's why he has such a geographically broad collection," Spindel added.
Spindel said her favorite pieces were in the display case showing fans from the collection. She also noted that the conservationists accessioning and cataloging the Palmer collection continue to find new and exciting aspects each time they look at the collection.
As for visitors to the exhibit, Spindel said they will just have to come by and see the collection for themselves.
"They [will] be really surprised by the items that we have on display," Spindel said. "You wouldn't think that there would be such wide-ranging objects in a little museum such as the one we have here, but the museum consultants are continuing to discover a lot of great surprises ... there's so much interesting stuff that we can be exhibiting."