What was everyday life like during the early 20th century, especially for children? The Toy Room features delights such as children’s toys, books, and clothing.
- An extensive collection of turn-of-the-century books – see what children read
- Early 20th century furniture – what would an average living room look like?
- A large collection of toy soldiers and dolls – see the predecessors of today’s plastic toys and Barbie dolls
- Woodroofe at the Museum — Louise Woodroofe (1892-1996) was a prominent local painter and an art professor at the University of Illinois. She was especially famous for her paintings of circus life — she traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1930s. See several of Woodroofe’s paintings at the Toy Room!