Two antique painted egg collections are now on display at the Stafford County Museum in Stafford.
The Stafford County Museum is celebrating Easter by displaying two Easter egg figurine collections. The public is invited to drop by to view the exhibits.
The first is a collection of Noritake Easter eggs that once belonged to, Leona Elaine (Gerdes) Masten (1918-1998). Noritake Co. Ltd. produced the ornamental Easter eggs between 1971-2010. Mrs. Masten had them all up through 2001. She was born in Stafford, graduated Stafford High in 1936 and married Boyd E. Masten in 1939. They had three children, Elaine, Marceline and Boyd, Jr. Mrs. Masten was very active in the community. She was a housemother for Sigma Nu fraternity for 18 years, president of Wheatbelt Area Girl Scouts and a member of Eastern Star. She was a charter member and dedicated volunteer of the Stafford County Historical Society and was instrumental in the publication of the Stafford centennial and Stafford County history books.
The second clutch of eggs features a baker's dozen from the collection of Rebecca (Hayes) Welsh (1941-2002), many colorful and sparkly egg-shaped collectibles produced by various companies. Rebecca was also a Stafford native, the daughter of Earl & Ernestine (Briles) Hayes. She graduated from Stafford High in 1966, received a bachelor's in education from Southwestern in Winfield, and a master's from Cal State at Fullerton. She taught school and directed the literature department in Anaheim's school district. She married Charles Welsh in 1965, they moved to Hutchinson in 1996.
The public is invited to drop by the museum to view the exhibits. The museum office is at 100 N. Main St.,. in Stafford and is open 9am-3:30pm weekdays. For more information about the museum, its projects and upcoming exhibits and programs, look for them on Facebook or visit their website, https://staffordcountymuseum.weebly.com.