Collections Exhibits

This exhibit features the Jacksonville Quilt. Please Click to view the video

Please use this link to watch the exhibit, which was created by SOHS staff members Keoni Diacomos and Kira Lesley.  

Note this is a PREZI presentation. You may make it full screen and move around in it by using the on-screen arrows or your own computer keyboard arrows. 

"Toys are more than playthings. From the most humble artifacts of primitive times to the elaborate art of exhibition pieces, toys have a special fascination for people of all ages. Certainly a great attraction is their extraordinary power to illuminate the past. Whether old, curious, beautiful or bizarre, these everyday objects mirror their time period and reflect the mental attitudes of the people who fashioned and owned them. The story of toys tells its own history of civilization…but surely the very special fascination of toys is their ability to open a perspective from the uncertainties of the present into an apparently secure past by evoking nostalgic memories of lost childhood.”, Robert Cluff, The World of Toys.

The human instinct to compete and to play organized games is inextricably tied to our history. Evidence shows that humans have been
playing games for thousands of years. Board games have been in existence for 5,000 years and dice and tile gambling games have been
played for at least 3,000 years. Ancient cave paintings depict people playing dice games and indigenous cultures all over the world love
gambling games among others meant to teach physical skills needed for survival.
Card games were played in the Tang Dynasty in China between the 6 th and 9 th Century A.D. and were introduced to Europe in the 14 th Century. Whether we play games to enhance our social lives or to challenge each other with our mental and physical skill, play is one of the foundational markers of the human race.