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**With the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff in mind the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will be closing to the public at 5:00PM, Tuesday March 17 and will remain closed until further notice.  During this time the museum’s staff will be on site working during regular operating hours and can be reached by phone or email. As we work our way through this situation we’ll be launching some new web-based programming and activities so please follow our social media feeds for more information on those offerings as they develop. Our apologies for any inconvenience and thanks for your understanding and support.**

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Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

IMG_8201_-_Copy_606x640 Ours is an all American story - typical of how communities grew up all across our great nation. While our story takes place in the back country of northwestern North Carolina at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is likely to bear many similarities to the development of crossroads, towns, and cities throughout America.

It had taken little more than 100 years for the corridors along the coastline of this still-new continent to overflow. As tensions grew and conflicts flared, the pioneer spirit set in. Families literally packed up everything they owned and headed into the unknown-searching for the "promised land."

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The Purpose of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is to  Collect, Preserve and Interpret the Natural, Historic, and Artistic Heritage of the Region

                                                                      Adopted by the Board of Directors   October 9, 1995

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Craft Exhibit Opens at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

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A brand new exhibit opened at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on Friday. It features art from the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild.

The exhibit is located on the third floor of the museum and it will be an ever-changing exhibit, because the items on display are also for sale.

Matt Edwards, executive director for the museum, hopes this exhibit will become an annual event at the museum. He said the exhibit was timed to open just in time for the Autumn Leaves Festival. Last year, he met Aaron Blackwelder, who is the president of the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild, during the Autumn Leaves Festival and he asked him then if the guild would be interested in exhibiting its work at the museum.

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Casino night planned as museum’s largest fundraiser

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Although, the Casino Royale night is being planned for Oct. 21 as a fundraiser for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, tickets for the big event went on sale Friday.

Matt Edwards, executive director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said the event will be held at Cross Creek Country Club from 7 to 11 p.m.

“It’s a great new event for the museum and the community. We’ve kind of refrained this year from doing a lot of true fund raising. We did a few parties earlier in the year, but this is really our big one and done event for the year. It will determine whether the museum closes out the year in the black or in the red. It’s a pretty big deal for us in terms of getting folks in the community behind it. It’s something that we think is going to be tremendously fun for everybody involved,” said Edwards.

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Museum members preview new African-American Builders exhibit

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The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History opened its doors last night after hours to preview its brand new African-American Builders exhibit to members and their guests.

Many in attendance at the event had relatives who were African-American builders and some said they truly learned from the exhibit.

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Duffus discusses Blackbeard myths at museum lecture

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"Not everything we’re told about our history is true.” That was one of the key statements made by researcher, author and documentary filmmaker Kevin Duffus at the start of his lecture at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on Sunday.

Duffus was at the museum to speak about the last days of Blackbeard, one of the state’s most infamous pirates. But Duffus, who has spent years combing archives for information about the pirate, said most accounts people have heard about Blackbeard are inaccurate. He said much of the history about Blackbeard and his men was only superficially researched, with most people rehashing the same inaccurate information. So he set out to find truth about Blackbeard. He asked those gathered at the lecture to reconsider what they have heard about the pirate.

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