Starting October 16 through December 31, Star Wars fans of all ages will be treated to a menagerie of action figures, spaceships, and scenes from the original Trilogy of this highly successful franchise.
Displays will feature 100 toy characters produced by Kenner in the late 1970s and early 1980s, along with vehicles, playsets, and nearly half a dozen larger creatures. The exhibition will be housed inside Chippewa Valley Museum’s 1400 square foot Ayres Associates Gallery.
Owned by Wisconsinite Jarrod Roll, the entire collection now tours the state. Although Roll had acquired many pieces in his youth, it was not until his college days that he was able to continue building his collection. “The Star Wars movies and toys were some of the best things from my childhood,” says Roll, “Collecting (these) as an adult allowed me to revisit those wonderful feelings.”
Roll, who is himself a museum curator, loves to share his passion for both collecting and Star Wars with others. He will be presenting to member audiences at Chippewa Valley Museum about The Nostalgia Awakens when it opens next month. Adding to the excitement of this vintage collection will be special exhibit programming for the general public.
Chippewa Valley Museum will be hosting interactive and family-friendly events on select Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Thanks to sponsorship support from Xcel Energy and community partners including the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Beaver Creek Reserve, Mrs. York’s Cookies, Chippewa Valley Railroad Association, Eau Claire County 4-H Older Youth Council, Pablo Center at the Confluence, and K-Kids Club of Eau Claire, visitors can enjoy a range of fun activities. LEGO building challenges, robotics demonstrations, Wookie cookie decorating and more will be offered on a reoccurring or rotating basis.
Representatives from the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire and the Pablo Center at the Confluence will also be providing experiential learning stations with STEM inspired make-and-takes for all youth attendees (while supplies last). Sample projects already planned involve UV beads and “planet making” with food coloring and shaving cream. “I can’t speak (for others), however, I know my husband and kiddos will be PUMPED for this exhibit!! How awesome!!”, remarked CMEC staff member Mandy Runge, “…this is definitely up our alley.”
Star Wars Family Days & Nights at the CV Museum Schedule:
- Thursday, Oct. 28th: 6:00-8:00 pm
- Saturday, Nov. 6th: 1:00-4:00 pm
- Thursday, Nov. 11th: 6:00-8:00 pm
- Saturday, Nov. 20th: 1:00-4:00 pm
- Thursday, Dec. 2nd: 6:00-8:00 pm
- Saturday, Dec. 11th: 1:00-4:00 pm