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Changing Exhibits

January 6-March 24, 2018

North Carolina in the Great War




Upcoming Events

Fri Jan 19 @11:30am - 05:00pm
Teacher Workday Camps
Mon Jan 22 @10:00am - 05:00pm
Teacher Workday Camps
Sat Jan 27 @10:00am - 05:00pm
4th Annual FREE Family History and Genealogy Swapmeet

Who We Are

 

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

museum001 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."

Mission Statement:

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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Mike Wiley in Brown v Board of Education

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A simple black tapestry draped over a folding chair provided powerful backdrops for a humorous-yet-haunting exploration of the practice of segregation Tuesday night during a Black History Month event at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

With a crowd of more than 100 that included both the young and old, actor and playwright Mike Wiley changed accents and personalities dozens of times, portraying in one moment a segregationist and a Topeka, Kan., resident who wants to send his little girl to an all-white school the next.

Wiley’s performance was centered around the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case in 1954, in which the court struck down the practice of segregation.

“He makes history come alive,” said county resident Alice Brim. “He’s entertaining and informative at the same time.”

Read more: Mount Airy News - ‘We shall overcome’

Program to explore Brown v Board of Education

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A groundbreaking court decision that overturned the practice of segregation will be explored Tuesday night at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

Actor and playwright Mike Wiley, who heads a production company in Durham, will present the program “Brown v. Board of Education — Over Fifty Years Later.” The event that is free and open to the public is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the museum’s third floor.

Wiley’s performance in Mount Airy Tuesday, as part of local Black History Month observances, marks the third-straight year he has explored subjects here which defined the civil-rights struggle in America. Last year, Wiley focused on Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League baseball, and in 2011 his program was dedicated to Rosa Parks and the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott.

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Hundreds Turn Out for Holiday Favorite

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Organizers say this year’s annual Mount Airy Museum of Regional History Holiday Open House was one for the record books.

The museum hosted the 15th annual Holiday Open House Saturday, and organizer Matt Edwards said a bumper crowd turned out for the event.

“I was tremendously pleased with the turnout this year,” he said. “As with any event that is open to the public, you never know what you’re going to get, but we had a great turnout.”

Edwards said more than 350 people came out to munch on holiday favorites, listen to a wide variety of music and get their photo made with Saint Nick.

“We had several musical performances throughout the day, including an impromptu jam session with local musicians in the morning,” he said.

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A Holiday Favorite...

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The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is planning once again to open its doors to the community when it hosts the annual Holiday Open House.

This year’s event is set for Dec. 15, from 10 a.m., until 5 p.m., and admission is free, according to Executive Director Matt Edwards.

Edwards said the open house is one of his favorite events throughout the year.

“This is the museum’s annual gift to the community,” he said. “This free annual event is a great opportunity to come and see the museum decorated and spruced up for the holiday season.”

During the event, visitors can tour four floors of museum exhibits, browse themed Christmas trees, shop for holiday gifts and enjoy light refreshments and live holiday music.



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