Highland County Museum Announces Annual Meeting and Seeks Family Quilts

This is Lori Botkin with a Highland County museum update.


We are really excited about the new things going on at the museum in 2024.


First, I would like to invite you to our Annual Meeting, January 13 at 2 p.m. at the Highland County Public Library. Bryan Obaugh will present a brief overview of the James Beathe family and what is believed to be the Beathe homesite in the Crab Run area, featuring relics recovered ranging from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. This will be followed by a short recap of the Historical Societies activities in 2023.


The Highland County Museum will be joining the Highland County Arts Council to expand the quilt theme this year. Along with the Barn Quilt Trail there will be other quilt related activities. The new exhibit at the museum for the 2024-2025 will be Quilts of Highland – A Patchwork of History. 


Do you have a family quilt with a story? You know, the one where you can see the fabric of your past? 


We are looking for Highland family quilts for our exhibit. If you have a quilt with a story or pictures and would be willing to let us display it in our new exhibit, please let us know by January 26. Space is limited.


And as always the museum is looking for volunteers. Now you have a choice. You can volunteer at the Mansion House in McDowell or the C.Cp Jones House Museum in Monterey. We have a very small volunteer pool and more tour guides, or what we call docents are needed. 


We will be having two volunteer training sessions on Saturday, February 24, one at 10 a.m. at the Mansion House and another at 5 p.m. at the C.P. Jones House Museum. Here you will learn all you need to know to be a successful docent. And you will be the first to see the new exhibits to open this spring! If you have volunteered in the past, I encourage you to come back and be a part of the new and exciting things going on.


If you love Highland history and are not sure you are ready to volunteer, attend the session, then decide if you would like to become a docent. 


For more information on the museum and the Highland Historical Society, go to www.highlandcountyhistory.com; Highland County Museum on Facebook; highlandhist@mgwnet.com or call us at 540-396-4478.


This is Lori Botkin with the Highland Historical Society and Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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