Author Archives: Nathan Brunner

Assistant Archivist’s Desk #5: Motorola TV

This week, I bring you another appliance of note from the Miller House Museum. This Motorola brand television dates to 1949, when it was purchased new on October 4th of that year by Ruth McDonald Doer and her Husband Harold Doer. The original price: $210.55 , about $2,400 in today’s money. It’s display is black […]

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Assistant Archivist’s Desk #4: Vintage GE Refrigerator

In my continued ventures documenting the collection of the Miller House Museum, my most recent work has seen my diving into the history of GE appliances. The refrigerator which sits in the kitchen of the Miller House is a General Electric Monitor Top refrigerator. First introduced in 1927, these models were the first affordable consumer […]

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Assistant Archivist’s Desk #3: The Case of the Confusing Portrait

This week, I bring a new interesting story. For many years, the identity of the man depicted in the 1876 oil portrait which hangs in the dining room at the Miller House has been somewhat unknown. According to some Madeira Historical Society documents, the man was Captain Jim DeMar, a veteran of the Civil War […]

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Assistant Archivist’s Desk #2: Singer Sewing Machine

As a part of our Threads of History seasonal display, we’ve recently brought out a number of items for exhibition in the young woman’s room at the second floor of the Miller House. Among these items is a beautiful 19th century Singer Manufacturing Company Model 66 sewing machine. The Model 66 was produced from around […]

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Assistant Archivist’s Desk #1: The Japanese Fan

Recently in our efforts to update documentation for the various items and artifacts on display within the Miller House, we uncovered the surprising and exciting history behind one of our more intriguing items. Stored in a glass case on the southern wall of the master bedroom is a painted Japanese paper fan. Intriguingly, it appears […]

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Assistant Archivist’s Desk #0: Introduction

Hello! My name is Nathan Brunner, and over the course of this summer I will be serving as the assistant archivist for the society. I’ve created this page to document interesting findings or intriguing facts I come across during my research as a part of efforts to perform an inventory of the Miller House Museum. […]

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