By Kristen Miller
DASSEL ,MN For centuries, games have been an outlet for people around the world to challenge their minds, socialize with others, and have a little fun in the process.
Whether it’s board games, cards, or dominos, the concepts of games have remained the same, however, the games themselves have evolved over time.
This evolution of games can be seen in the new exhibit at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum, “The Games We Played.”
The idea for such an exhibit was born when Colleen Nelson brought antique Mah-Jongg game tiles dating back to the late 1800s to show participants at the weekly gathering at the Dassel History Center.
One player suggested such antique game pieces should be on display, and the idea to showcase the evolution of games was born.
Members of the Dassel Historical Society, Joyce Aakre, Janice Severson, and Nelson invited the community to lend any games from the past to the exhibit.
“We had a great response,” Nelson commented, adding the local thrift store, Again & Again is letting them borrow a number of games for use in the exhibit.
The idea of the exhibit is to show how games such as Monopoly and various card games have evolved into the modern versions.
Some of the games in the exhibit include Husker Du, Scrabble, various versions of Monopoly, Rack-O, Boggle, Chinese Checkers, Old Maid, and many more.
Because the facility is on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure can in no way be altered. This means no nails can be used to display the items in the exhibit, which has been a challenge, Nelson explained.
Instead, they use poster putty and easels when possible.
The exhibit is open now through Saturday, May 17 on the fourth level of the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum.