CATEGORY: Monroe County
GRANT TO BE USED ON ORIENTATION ROOM AT AMORY MUSEUM
By Eileen Bailey
AMORY – Taking a peek into the Amory Museum will be easier thanks to a $18,500 grant that will allow visitors to view a short presentation about the artifacts and historical information inside.
An orientation room will be ready sometime within the next few weeks, said Gene Pierce, director for the museum that is located on Eighth Avenue.
“We wanted to have a place where visitors could see what we have throughout the museum,” Pierce said. From the orientation room, which will be located at the front of the building, visitors can travel throughout the almost 20 rooms of exhibits.
She said the aim was to give a historical overview of Amory and the museum.
Pierce said the grant came through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The money for this grant and others that were awarded recently was provided by the Mississippi Legislature with the Historic Preservation Bill in 1993.
According to Pierce, while planning for the room before applying for the grant, museum supporters realized it would be impossible to pay for through local funds. The Amory Museum was one of 96 different nonprofit city and historical organizations applying for grants, she said.
There are five rooms of permanent displays in the museum, which was once the city’s hospital. Pierce said the museum, which is owned by the city, started in 1977 as a joint project between the city and community residents.
The permanent rooms in the city’s first museum include a pictorial history of Amory, rooms that simulate an old hospital room, an operating room and a delivery room, and the Smithville room. The other rooms in the museum have rotating exhibits or house traveling exhibits on loan from other places. One such exhibit is “Other Places,” a pictorial exhibit by Mississippi writer Eudora Welty. There are 22 panels in the Welty exhibit that will run through the end of March.
A gift store and an old passenger car also are part of the museum.