The next exhibit for the Alleghany Historical Museum is called Alleghany Images and was inspired by the upcoming exhibit, Looking at Appalachia at the Blue Ridge Business Development Center. That traveling show will begin at the BDC September 19 and last through the end of October and it will feature 175 photographs of the Appalachian Mountain region. Get more info here. The BDC is located at 115 Atwood St in Sparta, North Carolina. Contact administrator, Dale Caveny for more information or visit his blog, Absolutely Alleghany.
Looking at Appalachia is the brainchild of Roger May, “an Appalachian American photographer currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line…” It promises to be an interesting look at the region, “… fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.”
Our own exhibit will feature historic photos from Alleghany that represent our roots, here in the Blue Ridge. Some familiar and some never before published, the images include a look at religion, schools, families and work on the farm. The exhibit is sponsored by the Historical Society, NAPCO and Imaging Specialists.
Alleghany Images will begin September 1 and will be on display through the end of 2015. The Alleghany Historical Museum is open Thursday though Saturday from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. Donations to maintain the museum are, however, appreciated.