“The Romani Traveling Museum and Education Center is tucked inside a 14-foot, wood-paneled 1967 travel trailer parked in Burton (Wash.). Inside is a treasure trove of items that speaks to the rich culture of the Romani people, an ethnic group commonly referred to as Gypsies,” writes Elizabeth Shepherd in the Vashon-Maury Island (Wash.) Beachcomber.
Morgan Ahern, a retired librarian living on Vashon Island, Wash., “has devoted much of her life to working as an advocate and documentarian for the Romani people.”
Ahern said, “I’ve been traveling a lot, doing presentations to schools from kindergarten to the university level. It’s all such fun. That’s where I originally got the idea of the traveling museum. The kids love when I bring things for them to see and touch — dresses and jewelry.”
The cost of the mint-condition trailer — only $350 on Craigslist … was able to get an additional $150 discount when she told the sellers, who lived in Woodinville, (Wash.) what she intended to do with it.
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Learn more about the Romani history and culture by going to lolodiklo.blogspot.com
Photos: Top: Morgan Ahern sits inside The Romani Traveling Museum and Education Center. By Tom Hughes. Bottom: ’67 travel trailer cum museum on wheels. Source: LoloDiklo.blogspot.com.