Ernest Joines on I’ve Got a Secret

Ernest Joines, from the Alleghany Jubilee, was on the May 17, 1961 episode of I’ve Got a Secret. Check it out (and hear him play) below:

Ernest is a AHGS member and museum volunteer. We’re glad to be able to share this with everyone!

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Hear Historic Recordings from Alleghany Musicians

Check out these recordings from a few Alleghany musicians who were featured at the Alleghany Historical Museum during the exhibit, “These Hills Are Alive With Music.”

Arkansas Traveler by Paul Miles and His Red Fox Chasers

Katy Cline by Paul Miles and His Red Fox Chasers

Chased Old Satan by Ephraim Woodie & the Henpecked Husbands

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Today in NC History

Now, find out what happened “today,” every day!

Working in conjunction with the North Carolina News Network, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has unveiled a project that focuses on “This Day in North Carolina History.” Brief essays will be posted every day at

From North Carolina leaders, to figures in the arts, to important dates, to historical happenings from the mountains to the coast, “This Day in North Carolina History” tells North Carolina’s story every day.

Contributors include the Office of Archives and History, the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Library of North Carolina, the North Carolina Arts Council and the NCPedia project.

We’ve added links to this project on our Links page and under Resources on the sidebar of the site.

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Trip to the Museum

Imaging Specialists, Inc. featured us in an upcoming video for Alleghany Community Television, Imaging Specialists’ Trip to the Museum. Since the Museum’s opening in 2009, a regular feature of our award-winning newsletter has been “What’s New Old at the Museum?”

The current newsletter only reaches members of the Society (membership’s only $10 a year, scheduled to go up next year), and old newsletters are available online.

We wanted to expand on that feature and make information about the Museum available to even more folks. Watch the video below, over on YouTube, or catch it on Alleghany Community Television. ACTV will use the footage as filler between programs, so it will have a huge potential audience- currently around 5000 homes!

We have been getting great feedback from visitors. Several have told us that they found out about the Museum from the segment we did on North Carolina Now.

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Alleghany Historical Museum Is Featured on North Carolina Now

Recently, Heather Burgiss of the NC Public Television  series, North Carolina Now, visited the museum and interviewed us for the show. No stranger to the Blue Ridge, Heather and her family have been coming here for years. Her father-in-law is Sam Burgiss, a cousin of Tom Burgiss of Thistle Meadow Winery, in Laurel Springs.

Pauline Jolly on the UNC-TV program, North Carolina Now

The episode aired May 1st and is (tentatively) scheduled to re-air on North Carolina Weekend, June 28.

Click here to see the entire episode at the UNC TV site. Alleghany History Museum starts about 5 minutes in.

Thanks, Heather, for including us in this great, statewide broadcast!

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Faith of our Fathers, Living Still

April – June 2012, the exhibit at the Alleghany Historical Museum will be called Faith of Our Fathers, Living Still. It will feature the churches and other places of worship in Alleghany County.

If you have artifacts suitable for display with this exhibit, please bring them to the Museum by the end of this month.

The Museum is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm. Volunteers at the Museum will be able to accept your loan or donation during those times.

Remember, there is no admission charge to visit the Museum, and group tours can be arranged at other times.

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Fashions from the Past on Exhibit this Spring

The Alleghany Historical Museum is featuring fashion this quarter- not the latest fads but styles from past eras. Dresses, men’s wear, underwear, hats, gloves and accessories are all on display through the end of March. Come see how your ancestors dressed for daily life and dressed up for special occasions.

We are learning, with this exhibit, that we could really use mannequins, dress dummies and wig stands for clothing displays. If you’ve got any stashed away in your attic, you’d lend or donate, contact Pauline Jolly at the museum, 372-2115. She can give them a new career in modeling.

The gown at left was worn by Clyde Adella Fields at her graduation from the Normal and Industrial School in Greensboro (now UNCG) in 1912.

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Harvest & Holidays Exhibit at Alleghany Historical Museum

The theme for the Alleghany Historical Museum’s fourth quarter exhibit is Harvest and Holidays. We wanted to re-capture the atmosphere of a traditional, mountain autumn focusing on activities that were once common, here.

Our last exhibit featured agriculture, so it was only fitting that this one celebrates the harvest. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year have themes familiar to each of us. But how did our families celebrate these seasons, if they did at all?

In this modern age, we think we’re rushed, but with hog killing, molasses making, corn-cutting, haying, canning, drying apples, drying beans for “leather britches”, gathering walnuts and chestnuts- the list of traditional chores seems endless.

The exhibit will last through the end  of the year. As always, if you have items or stories to share, contact us!

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Sesquicentennial Fiddle, Museum in the Works

The Sesquicentennial Committee has donated to AHGS the commemorative fiddle, originally won but donated back to the committee by Billy Noah of Mount Airy. The fiddle was created by David Joines and has the Sesquicentennial Seal carved into it by Gracen Lucas. We have temporarily loaned it to the Alleghany Jubilee for display until it has a permanent home in a future historical museum.

Before the closing of the Sparta Teapot Museum on January 31st, we had asked them for the loan of a 20”x 20” pedestal to display the fiddle. They responded by giving us the pedestal. Read the rest of this entry »

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AHGS Receives Newsletter Award from North Carolina Society of Historians!

Representatives of the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society traveled to Morehead City, NC Saturday, October 10, 2009 to receive the Joe M. McLaurin Newsletter Award from North Carolina Society of Historians for their 2009 Newsletters.

Several other individuals and businesses also won awards for their work on the Sesquicentennial Project. 5 puzzles, the Alleghany Star Reprint, the Sesquicentennial Events Brochure, the AHGS and Sesquicentennial Committee’s websites, and the Alleghany County Musicians 4-CD set won awards. Read the rest of this entry »

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