The Anson County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing educational, cultural, and recreational benefits for the citizens of Anson County and anyone interested in Anson's rich history. It is dedicated to preserving the artifacts and structures of our past so we can present them in an educational environment for everyone to enjoy.
A Message from the President of the Anson County Historical Society
December 31, 2013
There has been quite a bit of activity in and around the Historical Society during the past few months. We were very happy to have Anson County School Teachers and Administrators tour our museums on August 20, as part of a Community Engagement Professional Day. Many of the teachers had not visited our properties and were pleasantly surprised, finding many new possibilities to explore and share with their students.
A late afternoon Garden Party was held in September in the gardens of the Society. Members and guests enjoyed refreshments, while listening to the music of Anson County’s own Carson Hill.
On September 20, Dr. Dick Liles, a native of Anson County, retired medical doctor and member of the Society, spoke about the medical history of Anson County at the community celebration recognizing the new medical facility currently under construction. The new “hospital” will be called Carolinas HealthCare System of Anson County. There will be a vast difference between the medical equipment and memorabilia in our medical museum and that of the new state of the art facility.
Betty Horan, Barbara Briles and Cynthia Little represented the society at the Civitan’s Duck Rally and Crafts Fair on October 6, at Ray Shelton Ball Park. Prints from previous Arts and Heritage Festivals were available for sale. It was quite a successful day, with fine weather and an exciting and unusual Duck Race conducted by the Civitans.
Our annual meeting was held on Thursday, November 7 at the Leavitt House. Around 40 members attended. Volunteers prepared a delicious meal of lasagna, salad, bread and delicious homemade desserts. We were fortunate to have Ken Goins present an interesting program about Anson County during the Civil War. His presentation was an introduction to the soon to be released video, Sherman’s March in Anson County, March 1865. Leslie Rivers and Ken Goins are working on this project which will be available in the spring of 2014. Order forms are available at the Society’s office. Videos will be $20 if picked up at the office and $25 if shipped to you. Proceeds will go to the Historical Society.
The following week, on November 14, students from the Early College toured the museums. They were carefully listening, taking notes, taking pictures and asking questions to prepare reports upon their return to school. We look forward to seeing some of the results of their day absorbing local history. Hopefully, they will share some of the finished projects with us in the future.
So here we are at the end of the year, a time to reflect on the months past and the months to come. The Society is greatly saddened with the loss we have had this year with the passing of John Dunlap. He is an absolutely irreplaceable “fixture” and historian of our organization. For years, he was the mainstay of the Society and contributed so much, many hours, days, and weeks of his time managing the office, overseeing renovations, raising funds, giving tours, writing newsletter articles, assisting with historical research and genealogy. The list is endless of the good things he did for us, our town and our county. We all surely miss him. Included in this newsletter is John’s obituary in case some of our members missed seeing it.
The Board members are working diligently to move forward and carry on the greats works of the Society and to keep it alive and well. It will take all the energy and fortitude that we can muster to fill the void and march forward into the future.
Anson County Historical Society 206 East Wade St. Wadesboro, NC 28170
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Other Times by Appointment
Museums by Appointment
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