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Timekeeping ➔ Clock

1905 – 1907
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Gift Of Rea, Charlotte Calkins

L is for Lyceum - Incredible Inventions (December 21 2018 – December 1 2019)

Can you imagine that the only way to talk to your friend is by letter because the telephone has not been invented? What about telling time not on your wristwatch, but by relying on the position of the sun? Or that there are no computers to type on or emails to send, just a quill and an inkwell?

From technological to medical devices, these artifacts selected by the Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School students are common everyday artifacts from the GRPM’s Collection that are often overlooked as important inventions. They can inspire us to think about the incredible work done by inventors to solve problems and design devices that have not only made our lives easier - but better!

In the ancient world, the lyceum was where the greatest Greek philosophers taught. The concept of the lyceum was revived by American intellectuals in the 19th century who believed that public education was an important part of our democracy. Founded in 1854, the Grand Rapids Public Museum was originally named the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History. In 2015 the Grand Rapids Public Museum School was founded with many community partners. The Museum School has developed its own version of the lyceum - an innovative after-school program that pairs local experts with middle school learners to exercise their minds and bodies by exploring an eclectic range of topics.

This changing exhibit was created by a class of lyceum students who designed the exhibit from start to finish, choosing the topic, selecting the artifacts and writing the text.

L is for Lyceum is one section of the interactive exhibit Collecting A to Z. This exhibit includes thousands of treasures from the GRPM’s Collections featured throughout the Museum.

Ausonia Clock Company

Charlotte Calkins Rea