Goodnight Rose City exhibition opens at local museum


POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:38pm

Goodnight rose city is an exhibition based off of the popular children's book by the junior league of Tyler. The display is separated into 15 pages. Each page includes a watercolor illustration, and two photographs.

The first photograph shows an older version of Tyler. The second, what still stands today. With all three pieces, children and their families can walk around, read the story, and then admire the visuals. Christopher Leahy, the executive director of the museum, believes everything comes together to show a unified town.

"We put these three things together, along with the text from the book, as an opportunity to reflect and to show just how important these things are to this great community,” he said.

At the front of the exhibit, there is a corner for children to sit, relax, and learn more about the book and Tyler history.

"We have a little bit of a reading area or a small art area where we want families and kids to come read the book if they haven't looked at the book, and compare the images as they see them."

Jon Perry, a communications coordinator at the museum believes that the display helps visitors visualize how Tyler went from past to present. He believes it also points at the future.

"Nostalgia is great, but it's more than nostalgia. Its looking backward. We're looking forward."

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