UNION — Increasing the number of visitors who sign our guest book and projects to help preserve the history of Union County for future generations were among the activities taking place at the Union County Museum in July.
Our visitor census for July, 2016 totaled 139. The staff and I have come up with what we think might improve the number who sign the guest book. We’ll try this for a month and see how it works. If it is successful we’ll share it with you.
The visitors came from North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, George, Ohio and Texas. From other places in South Carolina we registered guests from Blacksburg, Gaffney, Wellford, Lyman, Greenville, Chesnee, Spartanburg, Greer, Chapin, Fort Mill and Greenwood.
Comments were of such as to give us a big head. Included were “Superb staff,” “Helpful,” “Always a treat.” “Awesome history lesson,” “Love to see more,” “None like it,” and from a little visitor “I love the puzzles.”
The puzzles are a part of our Children’s Corner which was funded several years ago with a grant from Wal Mart. In addition to puzzles of sites around Union County there are toys such as would have been enjoyed by children decades ago. Sharing space with Jacob’s Ladder, Ball and Cup, Feed the Chickens and Feed the Birds is a Whimmydiddle, also known as a lie detector.
We have two projects in the works.
Work is almost complete on our newest book which is a compilation of obituaries from the Progress Newspaper 1915-1925. The final step is to proof the index. As far as we can determine there is no such reference anywhere else. This should be a best seller to genealogical researchers.
The second project is to begin an oral history program. The intent is to capture oral history that is quickly getting away from us as our older population leaves us. Elizabeth Moses, Ranger at Rose Hill State Historic Site — who has experience in the field — has been kind enough to share her expertise. Included is information on how to interview, what questions to ask, how to transcribe, etc.. The first interviewee is already lined up and just celebrated her 99th birthday.
Thank you for all you do to help us preserve the past while preparing for the future.
“People who take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.” — Thomas B. Macaulay
Ola Jean Kelly is the Director of the Union County Museum.