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Got any Storm Troopers hanging around?
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center wants to borrow your science fiction toys

02/28/13



2/28/2013 - The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center wants to get its hands on people’s toys, particularly the science fiction variety. Don’t worry; the Center will give them back. 
 
The Center is piecing together a new exhibit comprised of science fiction toys, like robots, starships, memorabilia and figurines. For many, an interest in science and space begins with, or is at least aided by, science fiction television and movies, coupled with science fiction toys, said Jeanne Gerulskis, executive director of the center. Gerulskis is hoping to tap into that imagination with the new exhibit. 
 
So bring on your Storm Troopers, Wookiees, Star Trek glasses, and any other science fiction toy hiding somewhere in your house—or that’s still on display. 
 
“When you’re a little kid, you’re so fascinated with science fiction and toys and then you only get more interested in it,” Gerulskis said. “A lot of people at NASA were very interested in science fiction television and movies as kids, and they also had great collections of toys to play with.”
 
Fred Bramante, a member of the center’s board and a Hippo columnist, approached Gerulskis wondering if the center would have any use for his array of Star Wars toys. Gerulskis immediately said yes and then worked with other staff members to come up with a vision. She wanted the exhibit to tell a story. It turned out many staff members had  plenty of toys and memorabilia themselves that might fit the bill. 
 
Gerulskis saw her own son’s Lost in Space toys and wondered if others might have toys to share as well. Soon after, her brother-in-law lent her a GI Joe figurine from the late 1960s, in which GI Joe goes to the moon. 
 
“It’s a great opportunity for people to show their friends what they’ve got,” Gerulskis said. 
 
Center staff will display toys with some Star Trek artifacts it has on hand. 
 
“A lot of things that start out as science fiction become actual,” Gerulskis said, referencing a Star Trek episode during which Mr. Spock is tracked down with a device very similar to what people today call a cell phone. 
 
Center staff will be putting the exhibit together throughout March for it to display through summer. 
 
Any science fiction toys are welcomed. Visit starhop.com or call 271-7827.   





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