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It is an exciting time at your local library, and history is in the air! On Aug. 22 the team from the Tennessee State Museum was onsite to install our new Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812 exhibit, which is funded in part by Humanities Tennessee.
The installation was nothing short of a team effort, and some very special thank you’s are in order. Volunteers helped unload the museum truck and included members of the local 1812 Commission, members of local government — including Danny Bryant and Randy Delap — and several other community members. Our own library volunteer Terry Jobe and library staffer Kelsi Murphy were busy moving furniture and making way for the exhibit. I want to say a personal and special thank you to all of you who were here to help out and share in the excitement. This process would not have gone so smoothly without your help!
In addition to installation itself, our cleaning crew of Chano and Sons has been putting in a lot of extra hours to make our building look fantastic for the exhibit opening and upcoming special events, a special thank you to them as well. Lastly, a big thank you to the City of Fayetteville for repairing and replacing our old sidewalk just in time for our special guests from the national General Society for the War of 1812! How encouraging and inspiring it is to see the community come together in such a way for the good of the library!
On Aug. 27, 6 p.m., we will hold the final installment of the Friends of the Library Speaker Series, which will wrap up as a panel discussion on Camp Blount and the War of 1812. Dr. Farris Beasley will discuss why Camp Blount is so important and what is being done to preserve its history.
Fred Prouty of the Tennessee Wars Commission will also be here to discuss the current coordinated effort with the state to purchase the remains of the Camp Blount site and more. Myers Brown of the Tennessee State Museum and curator of the current library exhibit will be discussing the history of the War and what it meant for Lincoln County. Myers has also offered to lead our attendees on a personal tour of the exhibit after the talks conclude. This will be an exciting event, and I hope to see you there.
Moving into next month we will host a team of archivists from the State Library and Archives for our Looking Back event celebrating Lincoln County in the Civil War. More information about this event is available by calling FLCPL. Appointments are needed if you wish to take part with your artifacts, so please contact us if you are interested.
We have some great Story Time themes planned for this kids in September as well, including Read a Book Day, Library Card Month, and Grandparents’ Day to name a few. Story Time is held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. We always have a great story and a fun activity, so come out and spend some time at the Library!