George Nall, the founders behind the restoration and preservation of the Textile Heritage Museum and the historic Glencoe Village has published his first two books.
In Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future, and Celebrating Glencoe, Preservation of its Textile History, Nall writes about the adventure and the volunteers who joined him along the way. Together, with his editor, Mary M. Archer, he hopes to attract a broader historical audience for the Textile Heritage Museum in Glencoe, North Carolina. Togeher, Nall and Archer have created a pair of outstanding, well-researched books about the preservation and restoration of the historic Glencoe Village and the founding of the Textile Heritage Museum in Alamance County, North Carolina.
“Over the years I have met and interacted with people from all walks of life. Early association with so many mill workers has influenced my life in a dramatic fashion. Their history needs to be documented and maintained and with great respect,” Nall said in the introduction of Celebrating Glencoe, Preservation of its Textile History. “The Textile Heritage Museum is a “one of a kind” visiting experience. Giant steps have been taken since it began in August of 2001. The mission statement of the museum to preserve and interpret the history of the Southern textile industry and the cultural heritage of a Southern mill village with emphasis on Alamance County is being met.”
“What has been accomplished in recent years is a success story beyond description. It is a tribute to the planning, organizing, developing, coordinating, and so much more which has come from the efforts of many people. It is my fond hope and desire that this wonderful museum will impact many lives over the years to come,” Nall continued.
In 2004, the Textile Heritage Museum proudly opened its doors to the public. For more than five years, founders George and Jerrie Nall, Dr. Sam Powell, and Kathy Berry worked tirelessly to restore the former company store and management offices, while promoting and encouraging the community to support a museum for textile history. In March 2019, the museum celebrated 15 years of success in historic preservation. The museum continues to educate and inspire visitors.
“As you read and study the contents of this book, make your plan to visit. You will be glad you did,” Nall said. “After your visit, there are many ways you can become a part of this unique museum and this one-of-a-kind opportunity. It is already a destination point for many people. So where do we go from here? We need the help of many as we move forward to bigger and better things.”
Copies of Celebrating Glencoe, Preservation of its Textile History are available on amazon.com in full color at $22.00 and greyscale for $15.00. The books are 116 pages and contain over 100 photographs and illustrations.