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2012 African American Read-In

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At the second annual African-American Read-in held at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on Wednesday, more people turned out than there was time to read.

The read-in is put on by the Plaid Cloth Literary Society in conjunction with the museum. The read-in began at noon and lasted for just one hour. It was to honor the written work of African-American writers.

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Beginners Genealogy Class

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Registration is now being taken for a genealogy workshop that will be held in February in collaboration with the Surry County Genealogical Society and the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

The classes that will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning on Feb. 7 will be taught by Esther Johnson.

Three classes will be held at the museum and there will be two field sessions, one at the Genealogy Room at Surry Community College and one at Register of Deeds office.

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Museum's Holiday Open House

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In a day and age when finding something free to do is hard to come by, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History opened its doors on Sunday afternoon for its annual Holiday Open House.

There was free music and food at the event, which is always well attended, according to the museum’s Executive Director Matt Edwards.

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Museum hosts lecture on tobacco and culture

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With the Autumn Leaves Festival as a backdrop, history buffs and festival attendees gathered in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History courtyard Sunday afternoon to hear Billy Yeargin deliver a lecture about tobacco and American culture.

Yeargin, a professor with extensive knowledge of the history of the tobacco industry, was the guest speaker for the October “History Talks” program at the museum. He spoke at 2 p.m. on Sunday about tobacco’s impact on Amerian society over the years.

Though the event was originally scheduled to be held inside the museum, organizers decided to move it outside to the courtyard where many festival-goers sat throughout the weekend to eat and socialize. Some people who visited the courtyard on Sunday were surprised to find that a lecture was taking place there, and they stopped to listen while they ate festival treats. Others came specifically to hear the presentation.



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Museum activities for kids a success during festival

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The trial run of programming for kids at the Museum Annex during the Autumn Leaves Festival on Saturday proved more than successful, as hundreds of people passed through the doors.

Matt Edwards, executive director for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said early Saturday afternoon, “It’s been great so far.”

The museum partnered with CenturyLink and Rainbow Child Care Center to host “Kids Patch” at the Museum Annex to correspond with the Autumn Leaves Festival on Saturday. The Kids Patch featured a free kids zone where they could make arts and crafts and enjoy a play area, which included mats, tunnels, tricycles, hoops and more.

A highlight of the Kids Patch was two programs, offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., by renowned herpetologist and wildlife adventurer Roark Ferguson.



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