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Stuhr Museum shares history of Easter egg decorating

Published: Apr. 3, 2021 at 8:25 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Stuhr Museum hosted their first-ever Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they had an Easter egg hunt, bunny Olympics and also their first-ever historic egg decorating display.

It showed egg decorating techniques from the 1890′s until now.

People used to paint or dye the eggs and over in Europe they would paint intricate designs on top of the overall color. Then they would hang them on trees to give as gifts.

“You wanted a way to display them beyond just putting them in a basket or a little glass dish, things like that and so they thought of the idea of putting them on trees,” said Stuhr Musuem Historical Interpreter Wayne Anson.

Then in the late 1900′s plastic eggs became popular.

“They don’t crack, so even when the Easter egg hunts were done with hard-boiled eggs, you know, you still could get messy,” Anson said. “The kids would drop them in their baskets then you couldn’t eat them anymore, so it just made sense.

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