Rector Community Museum Work Progresses

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Robert and Regina Layer assist Joey Pruett (left) in dressing one of the mannequins which will display a military uniform in the soon to be dedicated military room at the Rector Community Museum on Main Street.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

When asked by museum board members, locals reply, “Oh, yes, I’ll be there. Looking forward to it.”

Major Bill in Jonesboro inquires, “When is it? Where? We’re celebrating early, so I’ll try to get free on Monday the 12th.”

For the Rector Community Museum board, and the many veterans’ families who have donated to the museum throughout the years, exciting times are set to begin. Visitors should recognize the great potential for the whole community the museum provides from its Main Street location.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, this year's observance of Veteran's Day, the museum board will host a dedication program for the opening of their new military room. Inside the military room, which can be viewed through multiple large windows, will be mannequins displaying donated uniforms worn by local servicemen from World War II and more recently. A table and chair, representing the symbolic absent service member is also on display.

Recently, a call for volunteers to clean glass display cases donated by Keith and Jan Hill brought Robert Layer to help. Soon, wife Regina arrived and got on the phone to their son to donate an appropriate t-shirt for one of the mannequins because, as she was told, “You can’t just put any t-shirt on him. It would not be right.”

Several display cases will provide a new home for donated items which include photographs, newspaper articles, medals, helmets, canteens and other memorabilia. The museum’s doors open at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, allowing visitors to browse prior to the dedication. Coffee and light refreshments will also be served.

The Rector Community Museum is located at 310 Main Street in the former Underwood building. Handicap access is available at either end of the block beside BRTC and Honeysuckle and Home. Those wanting to make special arrangements may call 870-783-0220 or 870-595-4053.

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