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Night at the Museum

Local history literally comes alive during annual Museum event

By Eugenia Jones

Do you know the royal facts behind the rich history of McCreary County’s two beautiful princesses?

Which song did famed country music star Jimmie Rodgers write allegedly while staying overnight at the Stearns Hotel?

The answers to intriguing questions such as these can be discovered by attending The McCreary County Museum’s annual “Night at the Museum” event on Saturday, November 4, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

According to Museum Director Shane Gilreath, the event is one he looks forward to each year.

“With the help of local performers and storytellers, the museum’s exhibits spring to life, giving attendees the opportunity to see how life might have been in McCreary County during decades past,” he shared. “In that great Southern fashion, some of the stories are true to life, while others are tall-tales. The visitors must be the judge.”

Unlike traditional museum events, “Night at the Museum” provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to spend an evening immersed in regional history and culture. Visitors are able to explore what makes McCreary County unique, discover historical characters, and visit McCreary County’s museum in an exciting new way.

During this year’s event, in addition to McCreary County’s two princesses and musician Jimmie Rodgers, visitors will see the Women’s, General Store, and Moonshine exhibits come to life. There will be a sneak listen to a local author’s latest work along with a military wife’s poignant letter and moving vocal rendition of the song, “P. S. I Love You” as part of the military room exhibit. This year’s performers include the Hughett Family, Alex Holbrook, Erin Wilson, Beth Kilburn, Jan Reed, Deanna Matney, and others.

Visitors will arrive on the museum’s front porch at 1 Henderson Street, adjacent to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, to join one of several museum tours beginning approximately every twenty minutes from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Please be patient as you wait for your chance to see history come to life as the length of interaction between visitors and the performers and storytellers may vary. There may be a small wait for those who arrive early. Admission to the museum event is $5.00. Tickets are available for purchase at the door only.

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