CRYSTAL FALL - The Harbour House Museum in Crystal Falls is hosting a special exhibit, The Collection of Lina (Schook) Peebles, now through July 30.
An open house/reception is being planned for Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum
Lina (Schook) Peebles was born in Crystal Falls in 1897, and was the daughter of Paul and Georgiana Schook. The Schook family was involved with business and real estate in the early days of Crystal Falls. Her family owned a local livery on main street where Lina herself developed an interest in horses. Through the years she earned several cup awards in area-wide competitions, including first in competition in 1913 where she walked away with the silver trophy. This and other items from the Schook-Peebles estate are being featured at the Harbour House Museum through July 20.
The Harbour House Museum is the former home of the John Harbour family. Lina was a girlhood friend of the Harbour sisters throughout the years and when the opportunity arose to turn the home into a Museum, Lina offered to help and served on its board of directors.
The majority of the interior furnishings for the Harbour House Museum were donations from her estate. Some of these unique items include a mahogany Busch & Gerts piano (1900), china and Waterford crystal and numerous personal items which represented Lina's sometimes eccentric personality.
Lina's other philanthropic undertakings in the city include a perpetual gift to the Forest Park School District, a fund maintained through the Dickinson Area Foundation provides Forest Park graduating seniors scholarships on a yearly basis.
The beautiful stained glass window at the Guardian Angels church in Crystal Falls was donated in memory of Lina's parents. The largest of the stained glass windows in the church is the backdrop for the choir loft and represents the namesake of the church. The window may be viewed from Crystal Avenue (outdoors).
"We would like to extend a special invitation to the public to visit the Museum that day (July 13) and enjoy a little refreshment. Lina's special friend, Marlene Bigico (and her estate executrix) will be on hand to greet and talk about Lina's legacy," a museum spokesperson said.
The major portion of the legacy she left to the Museum will be on display on the first floor which is accessible for all persons. The Dickinson Area Foundation for provided funding for this special exhibit.
For more information about the Harbour House Museum in Crystal Falls, call (906) 875-4341 or harbourhousemuseum.org.