Article by Lisa McCartney

The Castle Museum will introduce its newest exhibit, “Secrets of the Cornerstones,” Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The show features items from the cornerstone boxes of prominent Saginaw structures including Saginaw City Hall, the Auditorium, the Masonic Temple, West Side Arbeiter and the Germania.

“This is a really fascinating look at local history,” said Tom Trombley deputy director at the Castle Museum. “There was a conscious effort to communicate to the future what was important during that period.”

Cornerstone boxes were filled with items which told the stories of the people and the civic organizations they served.

“It’s the story, the connection of the items that is interesting,” said Trombley. “There are things in the boxes that are predictable and then there were personal items tossed in at the last minute before the boxes were sealed.”

Trombley goes on to say there are many artifacts from newspapers, blueprints, photographs and medals to toothpicks, thumbtacks and locks of hair.

The exhibit will be made up of five displays which tell the story of each building through artifacts and photographs, each unique to its respective building.

The museum is located at 500 Federal Avenue.

“Secrets of the Cornerstones” will be featured at the Castle Museum in Centennial Hall until May 13.

The Castle Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (989) 752-2861 or go to www.castlemuseum.org.

The Historical Society of Saginaw County is committed to serving the community by telling the continuing story of the people of the Saginaw region through exploration, preservation, and presentation of their historical and cultural heritage.