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Do you have a wood burning stove you would like to donate or lend to the Grady County Museum and History Center?
That is just one of the household items from days gone by that members of the Grady County Historical Society are in search of as they attempt to create vignettes at the local museum.
Officials had some leads on a stove that was going to be contributed, but that opportunity went away leaving the Historical Society scrambling to find a wood-burning stove like those used in hundreds of kitchens in the community decades ago.
Other items the Historical Society is in search of are: a double globe oil lamp, globe lamp with shade, old sheet music, small hurricane lamps, black stand-up phone, small china cupboard, small side board, cabinets, icebox, dresser, chest of drawers, a basin, ladle, pitcher, barrels, galvanized items and more.
Five areas will be outfitted in vignettes that reflect life in Grady County in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Many of the artifacts being used are owned by the museum and are being relocated to the recently renovated area in the rear of the museum that was once a warehouse for Roddenbery Hardware Company. Once completed, there will be a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and back porch to illustrate how our ancestors lived.
Officials say for anyone who wishes to “loan” items to the historical exhibit, a record of the ownership will be maintained and the items will be returned upon demand of the owner.
Donations are welcomed and the Historical Society and museum Board of Trustees remind local residents that the museum receives no financial assistance from the city, county or state government. The museum depends on contributions and the fundraising efforts of the Historical Society to remain open and viable.
The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information or to discuss donating to the vignette project contact museum curator Don Nickerson by calling 229-377-5142 or dropping by the museum during scheduled hours. The curator can also be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.