A class student project that featured the story of Morris Rich, Hungarian immigrant, who rose to own the most famous mercantile establishment in the South. The exhibit, with its affectionate portrayal of the store, focused on the store’s unique relationship with its customers. It is displayed in the original storefront windows of Rich’s department store in Atlanta, GA., now the General Services Administration federal building. Winner of 2003 National Council of Public History Project Award
Photographs of regional covered bridges displayed in conjunction with the nationally recognized temporary Smithsonian exhibit, Covered Bridges: Spanning the American Landscape.
Depiction of the development and changes of the West Georgia/East Alabama region from earliest settlement to present with use of hands-on interactives, experiential elements, audio wands and creative displays of artifacts, documents and photographs.
The Boy Scout exhibit displayed selected historic objects from regional sources, but most were personal items loaned by local, former Boy Scouts and their families. The exhibit focused on the sense of distinction these mementoes held in the memories of their owners and how each person recalled the value of the experience that the object represented as they offered their treasured loan with pride.
Exhibits Portfolio-1 (10.12)
Exhibits Portfolio-1Laurie A. Sedicino, MA MHP Museum Curator ~ Creative Exhibits ~ Thoughtful Storyline ~ Engaging displays
GSA Federal Building ~Rich’s original 1923storefront windowAtlanta, GA “…If Rich’s decided to sell green shoes at Christmastime, everybody else would sell green shoes at Christmastime, too…” Civil Rights leader Julian Bond
The Hand-Crafted Book: Dard Hunter’s LegacyRobert C. Williams Paper MuseumAtlanta, GA
Area Covered Bridges: Timbers of Grace and StrengthLegacy Museum on MainLaGrange, GA
CHALLENGE:This exhibit was theultimate learningexperience in termsof understanding allthe aspects of whatgoes into exhibitcuration andworking with anexhibit team fromstorylinedevelopment toinstallation. Wheels of Change:Permanent Exhibit: History of West GeorgiaLegacy Museum on MainLaGrange, GA
AASLH (American Association of State and Local History) 2010 Award of Merit in recognition of “project excellence.”Early Settlers SectionWheels of ChangeLaGrange, GA
Display examples: Artifact, document, photographWheels of ChangeLaGrange, GA
Homelife on the Eve of the Civil W ar Close examination of pre-Civil War artifacts disclosed details of the lives and heritage of the region’s earliest settlers in a way that documents and photographs are unable to do.Legacy Museum on MainLaGrange, GA
Recipient of GHS (Georgia Historical Society) Roger J. Warlick Local History Achievement Award, 2010, in recognitionHomelife of an “outstanding exhibit in the field ofLaGrange, GA public history.”
Celebrating Legacy Museum on Main LaGrange, GA100 Yearsof Boy ScoutinginWest Georgia
Working with Cotton from‘Can See to Can’t’During planting and harvesting,Every possible daylight hourWas spent working in the fields.It was often known as working from“can see to can’t.”CHALLENGE:To tell the story of West Georgiacotton farming layered between thelines of history books.Legacy Museum on MainLaGrange, GA
Cotton farmers lived in a fragile With as many nuances in growing a crop as therebalance with nature. They were farmers in Weststudied variables such as soil, Georgia, the exhibitinsects, climate and seasons. revealed many of the tasks that were tied to beliefs in the pages of an almanac, experience, the moon, folklore or the weather. In truth, cotton farming was a “gambler’s trade.”Can See to Can’tLaGrange, GA
Elegance of Malice:Swords from Talismans to Battle Weapons The temporary exhibit – a private collection – featured swords as handcrafted, traditional works of art, superior weapons of confrontation and historical objects. The exhibit also revealed the mystique that surrounded the objects, from their methods of manufacture to the civilizations and exploits of those that used these beautiful, butLegacy Museum on Main deadly, objects. LaGrange, GA
Elegance of Malice LaGrange, GA“…The objects, individualized andunique, also became a portal toanother dimension of deeperspiritual understanding. We realizedthestory reached far beyond the objectand ultimately saw ourselves not asowners but as guardians of theartifacts: they did not belong to us;we were simply entrusted with theirprotection for a time. ..”
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