Bridger Toone

Bridger Toone

Local Boy Scout, Bridger Toone recently donated a collection of handmade vintage toys to the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum as part of his Eagle Scout project.

“I thought that the project might be easy and fun and that it would help the Museum,” said Toone.  “It was fun, but there were challenges and it took more thought and time than I first thought.”  In the end Toone and others donated over 100 man-hours of work to complete the project over the summer.

Part of those 100 man-hours came from 11 and 12-year-old girls who made yarn and husk dolls.  Local adults and fellow scouts helped cut out and sand wooden animal jigsaw puzzles, construct a pulling duck with a wagon attached, and build an oversized checkerboard.  Toone mentioned how he got the checkers for the checkerboard.  Apparently, the materials that he wanted to use for the checkers were cost prohibitive based on his project budget. A local Ace employee introduced Toone to the distributor of the product.  When the distributor, who is an Eagle Scout himself, found out that the materials were for an Eagle Scout project, he donated them.

Elspeth Kuta, museum coordinator, explained “We often have young families at the museum and you’ll hear parents say “don’t touch.”  This project gives young children something that they can touch and play with while Mom and Dad look around the Museum.  I love how the toys are similar to those local children played with at the beginning of last century.  I am so grateful to Bridger for his work.”

For more information about this event and the Museum, call (702)346-5705, find us on Facebook at  MesquiteNVMuseum or stop by the Museum at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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