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Changing Exhibits

Opening September 1, 2017

Pedal Power: The Art and History of the Pedal Car

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Upcoming Events

Fri Nov 24 @ 8:00pm - 09:30pm
Historic Downtown Mount Airy Ghost Tours
Sat Nov 25 @ 8:00pm - 09:30pm
Historic Downtown Mount Airy Ghost Tours

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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Mount Airy Museum Of Regional History

Museum receives grant to help archive collections

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The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History just received a grant from the Bay and Paul Foundations that will help the museum better preserve its collections.

The Bay and Paul Foundations, an independent private foundation located in New York City, is the product of the merger in January 2005 of The Bay Foundation and the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation. Established in 1950 and 1962, respectively, the foundations were related organizations, each having distinct — though at times overlapping — program interests. As a result of their shared interests, the foundations occasionally jointly funded or collaborated on projects.

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Ghost Tour Season Begins

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Since the Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours were so popular in its inaugural season last year, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is bringing them back this year. The first tour was Friday.

Matt Edwards, executive director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said the tours are like Hawaiian shirts, “once you get them out of the closet, they all come out.”

Edwards said once the tours started, everyone started telling them about the ghost stories they knew. Some of those stories have been added to the tour this year.

“If you came last year, the tour is not going to be the same,” said Edwards.

He said last year more than 1,000 people took the tour. He said the program came from board members at the museum and he has been pleased with its success.

“It’s been a great program for us. I was pleasantly surprised,” said Edwards.



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Tar Heel Junior Historians win State awards

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The local chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historians won Chapter of the Year again this year on Friday at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

The Tar Heel Junior Historians also won a group award in the intermediate division for literary projects for their project called “Geocaching for History.”

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Yacano, Smith honored as Museum Volunteers

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Without an army of volunteers, much of the programming would not be available at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, so on Monday the museum held its 15th annual volunteer brunch to honor their work.

Angela Yacano was honored as volunteer of the year, although she was not able to attend. Rick Smith was honored as docent of the year.

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