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Kellogg house

The Kellogg House was designed by Hiram Clay Kellogg and was built in 1898. Three generations of Kelloggs lived in this house before the family donated it to the Museum.

The house was moved to the Museum grounds in 1981. It is now used for hands-on education about the Victorian era for some 12,000 children each year.

A variety of other activities, including tea parties and wedding photo sessions, also take place in this lovely house.

One of the more unusual artifacts in the Kellogg house is this wreath made from human hair. Hairwork was very popular in the early to middle Victorian period, peaking around the time of the American Civil War. A large part of its appeal derived from the fact that hair is a token of a person that is easy to carry and that will survive long after that person has passed on. Soldier often carried locks of loved ones' hair close to their hearts when they entered battle.

In addition to wreaths such as this, hair was used to create jewelry and was incorporated into painted works. For more information on hairwork, see the following sites.

Heritage Hair Art

Victorian Hairwork Society

Wreath made from hair

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