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Meredith joins museum staff

The Pioneer Museum of Alabama has welcomed Anna Grace Meredith as a museum assistant.

Anna Grace is a 2020 graduate of Charles Henderson High School.  Anna Grace said she welcomed the opportunity to be a member of the museum staff and to learn more about pioneer life in Alabama.

“Miss Barbara (Tatom, museum director) has taught me a lot about the history of the museum and I like learning about the different exhibits,” Anna Grace said. “I register visitors to the museum and tell them about the museum and the buildings outside.  I’ve met people from several different states and I’ve enjoyed talking with them.”

When the visitors finish touring the museum, Anna Grace opens the Adams Store so they can visit an old country store.

“Visitors always like the old general store,” Anna Grace said. “It’s one of my favorite buildings, too.”

Tatom said Anna Grace is an interested and eager learner and an asset to the museum.  “As Anna Grace learns more about the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, she will be given additional responsibilities,” Tatom said. “She has been and is a great help and has readily jumped in to do things that need to be done. We are proud to have her.”

Anna Grace plans to attend Troy University and earn a degree in psychology. Her future plans are to be a psychiatrist.  The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is now open during its normal hours, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday but with COVID-19 restrictions.

“We have had a surprising number of visitors, especially on Saturdays,” Tatom said. “As highway traffic has picked up, so have our numbers. We encourage those in our local area to also visit the museum. We have an outstanding military exhibit as well a Native American exhibit and  one of the Baptist Children’s home in Troy.  We also artwork by noted artists including two murals by Brundidge artist Larry Godwin.”

On the grounds, there is an1800s steam locomotive, a sugar cane processing mill, horse-drawn jail, a one-room school house, a covered bridge and a log church.

Tatom said there are always opportunities for volunteers “Volunteers can make their own schedules and volunteer in their areas of interest,” Tatom said. “Some volunteers enjoy greeting guests, while others would rather guide tours, do historical research or pick up sticks on the grounds.”

For more information, contact the Pioneer Museum of Alabama at 1-334-566-3597.

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