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story.lead_photo.caption Danisha Hogue/Democrat photoGail Hughes shows a 152-year-old shoe at show and tell during the Moniteau County Historical Society meeting.

Going through old family items, Gail Hughes found an interesting historic item: a 152-year-old baby shoe that belonged to his grandfather.

Hughes and other members of the Moniteau County Historical Society brought show and tell items to the 7 p.m. meeting Monday.

He said in the past, people used to preserve baby shoes by bronzing them. His artifact, however, dates before that began.

"I've seen several (bronze shoes) and you have too — that started in 1934," Hughes said. "Before that, I guess, what the people would do is, it doesn't look like its been shellacked but this shoe is 152 years old."

He said he has had the black shoe for at least 30 years. He never found the mate.

Treasurer Shirley Elliott brought a bronze medal from 1897. She said she bought the medal on eBay because she thought it was fascinating.

The medal was awarded to Emil F. Helmendach.

During the meeting, the group decided to change the meeting time to 7:30 p.m. due to Daylight Saving Time. The change will take place with the April 8 meeting through September.

Other changes included the schedule for the museum days. The museum will open Thursdays through Saturdays beginning in April.

A new hospitality wedding window display will soon feature a sewing machine and quilts from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The next meeting will be April 8.

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