I’ve been going to the Milwaukee Public Museum since I was a baby (according to my parents) and have been aware of the snake button in the Native American/buffalo exhibit since I was a toddler.
I’ve probably pressed the button – which activates the tail of a rattlesnake – hundreds of times. I still remember the first time I introduced my sons to the snake button. I also insisted on showing it to my partner, who moved here as an adult from Minneapolis.
For years, I heard there was a second snake button, and I finally went in search of it last week while getting a preview of the new Body Worlds exhibit.
My co-worker, Bobby Tanzilo, found it a while back, but I was still unaware of the exact locale.
Spoiler alert: I am going to tell you where the other snake button is located. If this is a buzzkill, stop reading now.
I had to ask two employees at the museum before getting an answer. The first one said she wasn’t sure, but the second person directed me to the Montana dinosaurs exhibit near the butterfly garden.
As an über Milwaukeean, I feel a bit of fulfillment having finally found – and pressed – the other snake button. But I still prefer the one in the Native American exhibit. More memories, perhaps.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.