Museum exhibit features local family in nationwide survey

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Stephen and Wava Imes and their children Patty (8), Billy (2) and Diane (1) were featured in a copy of The Farm Journal several years ago. The Journal is currently on display at the Museum of Fulton County. A grown Diane (Shull) now lives in Sylvania.
Diane Shull of Sylvania, her brother Bill Imes of Whitehouse and sister Patricia Gerken of Delta attend the opening of exhibit on Jan. 26.

Most of us remember a time before the iPhone and the internet but what about electric lights? Discover firsthand how lighting technology we all take for granted transformed the life of one Fulton County family in a special exhibit “It All Comes Out in the Wash: Wava’s Modern Miracle” that premiered Jan. 26 at the Museum of Fulton County, 8848 State Highway 108 Wauseon, Ohio, across from the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Exit 34 on the Ohio Turnpike.
“It All Comes out in the Wash: Wava’s Modern Miracle” tells the story of the Imes family of Fulton County, who were chosen by the publishers of The Farm Journal magazine to join 14 other families throughout the United States to take part in an experiment to measure the benefits of rural electrification. In partnership with Toledo Edison and The Toledo Blade, the family was required to document life before and after the installation. This exhibit highlights how electricity freed up the family from everyday tasks and allows one to reflect on how technology has changed the world and paved the way for progress.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 8 in the Worthington Industries Gallery.
The Museum of Fulton County features the permanent exhibit “Preserving the Past, Embracing the Present, and Making the Future,” The Legacy Shop, as well as special exhibits and events.
The Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults 16 and up, $7 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-15, Members and children under 6 are free.
For more information call 419-337-7922 or visit

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