By B.J. Drye, Editor
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 —
With the Stanly County Museum now operating as a department of the Stanly County Public Library, this status allows both entities more opportunities at hosting exhibits.
The latest exhibit includes photographs from the Civil War era on loan from the North Carolina Department of Culturual Resources.
To enhance the exhibit, museum staff and volunteers surrounded the photographs with Stanly County items from the Civil War and surrounding time periods.
“We view this exhibit as a way of launching a program to document the Civil War era in Stanly County,” said Jonathan Underwood, director of the Stanly County Museum.
“We encourage the public to bring their family’s Civil War era mementos to the museum for documentation, such as photographs, letters, uniforms or other accoutrements. We would be honored by the donation of artifacts, but we are just as honored to have the opportunity to copy photographs and photograph objects for posterity.”
Underwood and volunteers were putting finishing touches on the exhibit last Thursday, the day it opened. The display continues through the end of the month.
Items from the museum vault include Dr. Francis Kron’s traveling trunk, which is stocked with period pieces that did not belong to Kron. A drum from the Stanly County Home Guard used during the war, Kron’s chair crafted in the mid-1800s by a slave, Buck Snuggs’ Civil War reunion badges and a slave tag are among the items on display.
The museum, at 245 E. Main St., Albemarle, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Call (704) 986-3777 for more information.
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