Thursday, October 22, 2009
Members of the Holly Springs Rotary Club got a sneak preview of the new and improved Marshall County Historical Museum Wednesday of last week.
And it was an impressive look. We were all in awe of the remodeled facility and its wonderful exhibits. We could have spent hours there, but we all had to go back to work.
Perhaps Marshall Countians themselves are not aware of what a tremendous asset this museum is to our community. If you have not visited the museum yourself, please do so. See it for yourself.
A grand opening will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On December 5-6 the museum will be open for “Christmas in Holly Springs,” an annual holiday tour that will also include Strawberry Plains, Finley Place, Montrose, Wall Doxey House and Fairview.
The Marshall County Historical Museum is great – likely the best in any town anywhere in Mississippi and far beyond.
The museum, as most of you know, moved downtown for a few years, while the county revamped the building at the corner of Randolph and College.
It was a long wait but well worth it. The county crew, led by Bill Kivelle, did a super job.
Last week, in her column in The South Reporter, Lois Swaney Shipp thanked many who had helped with the museum’s return home. I won’t get into naming other names myself. You know who you are and your volunteerism and dedication to this museum and this community are to be commended.
But one person Lois did not thank is herself. And truth is, she deserves the bulk of the credit.
Make no doubt about it – Lois is the backbone of the Marshall County Historical Museum.
Her love for Marshall County and its history is unmatched – period.
Lois and others fought hard back in the 1970s to save the museum building from demolition. They banded together to save these priceless artifacts. And today the museum, one of the most unique in the world, is jam-packed with loads of history.
It is also listed in AAA, many other travel books and even featured in the New York Time as a place not to be missed.
Because of Lois’ diligence, visitors come from all over the world to see Holly Springs, from as far away as Russia, China and France and from all over the United States.
Lois’ leadership, dedication, hard work, tireless efforts, and commitment to community and its betterment are excellent examples for all of us to follow.
Marshall County needs many more like Lois.
And the Marshall County Historical Museum needs your support. The move from its temporary home on the square back to its permanent home has proved to be a very expensive move. All donations to the museum are tax deductible.
Mail your contributions to Museum, P.O. Box 806, Holly Springs, MS 38635 or drop it off in person at the museum.
Once again, thanks to everyone who has made this museum effort a successful one. Pat yourselves on the back.
But all of them will be the first to admit – it’s not about them, it’s about community service and preserving Marshall County’s history in a beautiful showcase for all to enjoy.
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