Museums across the nation have been working purposefully to still meet their missions while keeping their doors closed to the public. Boards, staff, volunteers, dedicated donors, and stakeholders are working in tandem to continue their institution’s missions of being educational facilities, repositories of historical or artistic content, and distributors of that content.
Mebane Historical Museum is no different. And while we find ourselves in these unprecedented times, our work cannot simply stop.
In 2018 the museum presented the history of the 1918 Flue Pandemic, or the Blue Death, as it was called in Alamance county. We were grateful for the few accounts and handful of photos available to us that depicted life in Mebane at that very frightening time. Little did we know we would be given the opportunity to document our own pandemic two short years later.
Being responsive to a new-normal, as well as the inability to hold our 2020 annual Harvest House Tour or Shake Harris Hickory Golf Tournament, has left us working hard to find ways to best serve Mebane. To that end, the digitization of our extensive back catalog of Mebane-centric exhibits, creating an online catalog of Mebane’s historic homes and buildings, provide future public programming on the museum’s Youtube channel, video presentations of the museum’s elementary school lesson plans made available to local educators and homeschoolers, are underway, to name but a few.
We want to thank Mebanintes who continue to call upon us for help with building research, determining artifact history and interpretive value, genealogical help, Mebane history fast-facts, and the like. We remain steadfastly committed to your requests for assistance. In return, the community has been generous in sharing their photos, stories, and pandemic experiences.
When our world looks more like we remember, we will be ready and waiting to provide you with the best museum experience possible. In the meantime, keep up with our online efforts on our website and social media, keep calling and emailing your questions, and know that we cannot wait to see you.