· Opening of “A History of Commerce in Middlesex County”
as a special exhibit through funds donated by corporate sponsor C&F Bank.
· Opening of Clerk’s Office Exhibit
Middlesex County has over 350 years of historical records due to a heroic act of its County Clerk P.T. Woodard during the Civil War. Utilizing the historical records hid by our county clerk in 1863, this exhibit discusses the various aspects of Court Day in Middlesex County and the types of cases that were heard from 1640-1860 and who brought them to court. Themes include Slavery and Manumission, Business Licensing, Business Fraud, and Maps and Plats. Exhibit is set up in the actual historic clerk’s office on the grounds of the county’s historic courthouse complex of 1852. Back room of building is a recreation of P. T. Woodward’s 1860 office.
• Receipt of Grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for educational materials related to the historical documents utilized in the Clerk’s Office Exhibit.
Short Term Goals: 2014-2016
· Continue to upgrade the quality of the exhibits at the museum with rich research that engages the visitor in the learning process.
· Explore options for expanding the museum into a visitor center.
· Continue securing grant support.
· Continue advocating for restoration and preservation of county records.
· Continue development of educational outreach programming to enhance our local & state history for schoolchildren which supports and strengthens their understanding of History SOL’s. In addition, local citizens and visitors will be able to better access local history through our web site, exhibits and ongoing research.
· Publish YouTube library of events, talks and lectures.
· Strengthen resources for professional leadership.
· Increase membership base.
· Increase volunteer base.
· Establish Charitable Planned Giving Campaign.
Long Term Goals:
· Create a library of School kits that can travel to the classroom and bring our county history to life.
· Develop Middlesex County as a historical destination for tourism.
Digital Camera/Camcorder $1000 each (1)
Software programs $700 each (3)
Staff and Volunteer Continuing Education
Workshops/Classes $100 each (5)
On the Floor of the Museum
Tablet Computer $300 each (2)
Large Wall Graphics $200 each (5)
Small Tabletop Display Cases $300 each (4)
Steel 3-Shelf Rolling Cart $250 each (1)
Wall Mount Single Item Exhibit Case $75 each (6)
Open Book Display Cradle $45 each (6)
Steel Horizontal 5-drawer flat file cabinet $800 each (1)
Steel Storage 4 Shelf Racks 84x42x30 inches $350 each (5)
Rolling Mobile4-Shelf Unit Shelving 75x35x20 $300 each (1)
Building and Grounds
UV Window Shades $250 each (6)
Park Bench $200 each (2)
Fencing $750 each (1)
Signage $350 each (1)
The Middlesex County Museum & Historical
Society has been in existence since 1935 and is one of the oldest county
museums in the state. The museum was initiated as an economic development
project through the WPA. Interestingly enough, we are coming full circle. Over
the course of 77 years, museum members have generated the energy and interest
to write historical books and pamphlets about local buildings, homes, people
and events. The museum has partnered with local government and citizens to
finance the writing and printing of some of the materials.
In 2008, the museum partnered with the local government to rehabilitate the original county clerk’s office. The office is within the historic courthouse walled complex and walking distance from the museum. Mr. Philemon T. Woodward, County Clerk for 40 years was responsible for saving our county records from being burned during the Civil War. Middlesex County has the distinction of being one of very few Virginia counties that can boast of having all but the first 7 years of their records. This past year we opened a new exhibit that showcases Middlesex County’s historical documents in this historic clerk’s office. The museum has additionally worked with the Virginia State Library to secure a slave record book and copies of personal significant papers available on the open market.
Over time the museum has acquired many accessions that have required a concerted effort to preserve and archive appropriately. The museum has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with volunteers to accomplish this goal. The displaying of accessions in a meaningful manner that provides an interpretation of the times and events surrounding the accession are a great challenge. In order to meet this challenge, the museum has hired an executive director with a Master’s in Museum Studies. In the past year, the new executive director has assisted us with grant writing and setting short and long-term goals. Utilizing Past Perfect, we have been cataloging the collection and capturing the stories that make the objects that more meaningful for display. We have worked hard to raise the museum up to professional industry standards.
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