COOKEVILLE – A “disturbing” exhibit just opened at the Cookeville History Museum – one that includes a giant Frankenstein, an alien in an incubator, old carnival items and countless other oddities.
“It’s not our typical thing,” exhibit specialist Pam Philpot said of “Picking the Unique and Mildly Disturbing,” which opened Oct. 6 and continues through Nov. 4. “Being that it’s October and nearly Halloween, we thought it would be a great time to show something different.”
Philpot warns, however, that some of it is “a little creepy.”
The strange collection belongs to Cookeville Leisure Services’ Michael Cade, who works at the Cane Creek Recreation Center and Gymnasium. He’s a “picker” who enjoys going to yard sales or anywhere else he can discover treasures that meet his criteria.
“I started out collecting a little bit of everything,” he said. “Then I started looking for weird stuff – creepy and unusual things. I always liked watching adventure and horror movies, so I keep my eyes open for those kinds of things.”
The more Cade has hunted, the more he has become interested in the history of his discoveries. Where did they come from? How old are they?
“I’ve seen a lot of old stuff, but when I see something I’ve never seen before or if it looks creepy, I usually try to get it,” he added.
Then he does his research.
Philpot said the exhibit is generating a lot of interest.
“It’s a cool combination of things,” she said.
Ashley McKee, education specialist for the Cookeville History and Depot museums, encourages groups to schedule field trips.
“This is a great collection of oddities,” she said.
She said some items may be a bit scary for younger children, but most people will love the creepiness.
Philpot added that others in the community, like Cade, may have collections suitable for an exhibit. Anyone interested in sharing should call the history museum at 931-520-5455.
The Cookeville History Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 40 E. Broad St. Admission is free.