Lamps used at historic display in central Illinois

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Bement -- A historic site in central Illinois is using lamps to take a step back in time.

 

The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement will display different lamps starting May 1. The idea is for visitors to see how the switch from whale oil to kerosene allowed for newer and less expensive technologies.

 

The lamps are on loan from a private individual who has been collecting the items for years.

 

The Bryant Cottage was built in 1865. It will be offering a new display each month, ranging from every day household items like irons to parade torches.

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