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Museum Memories

Newly restored windows for the left and right sides of the McCreary County Museum were installed the week of November 15, 2021. The windows were restored, not replaced with new windows, because the museum is housed in a historic building completed in 1907 as the headquarters of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. The McCreary County Museum was founded in 1988. Thank you to everyone who has worked to make the restoration of our historic windows a reality, especially our donors and volunteers. We will continue to raise funds for the restoration of the windows in the front and back of the museum in addition to other needed repairs to the building.

The museum has different donor levels and every donation, no matter the amount, is appreciated. Donor Levels include Museum Member: $25-$49, Museum Supporter: $50-$99, Museum Advocate: $100-$249, Bronze Sponsor: $250-$499, Silver Sponsor: $500-$999, And Platinum Sponsor: $1,000.00 +. 

In addition to monetary donations, the McCreary County Museum is supported through the efforts of volunteers. In April of 2021, The Artisan Shop and The Artisan Classroom were opened to support local artisans as well as the museum in accordance with our mission statement. 

McCreary County Museum Mission Statement – McCreary County has a rich history with impressive landmarks and historical items of interest to the public at large. The mission of the McCreary County Museum is to collect, preserve, and protect the artifacts which reveal the heritage of the people of McCreary County. Staff and volunteers strive to organize and archive historic documents, maintain and upgrade exhibits, maintain the building in which the museum is housed, create new and/or rotating exhibits, and sponsor community events and activities in support of local artists.

To volunteer email us at Volunteer opportunities include working in The Artisan Shop, setting up displays, assisting with events, planning events, and more. 

To donate visit our website at and click on ‘Help Support Us’ or email

The museum is closed for the winter but will re-open in April. Make plans to visit the McCreary County Museum in 2022. 

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