Rector Community Museum Ribbon Cutting Saturday

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Just a few of the items on display at the RCM.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

An opening, even grander than what the Rector Community Museum has already experienced, would have to be amazingly grand. With this in mind, a full weekend celebration has been planned. The events for the grand opening are slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, with a people’s choice mini-concert featuring Chrissy Pazanowski-who wowed the crowd at the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home program last month. She will perform two sets with an intermission.

“We’ll pass the plate, encouraging attendees to donate $10 or more for the evening of music,” museum director Joey Pruett said, “Refreshments will also be available in the museum’s kitchen area.”

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, the official ribbon cutting will take place with Mayor Teresa Roofe and other honored guests in attendance. “We’d like for all Friends of the Museum to make it for the ribbon cutting and stay for some light refreshments and browsing,” said Pruett.

On the main showroom, several displays have been updated and rearranged. For example, the Rector yearbooks are available for browsing and a library table is set up at the Library door. The most noticeable change to previous visitors will be the new display wall and lighted cases in the military area.

“You’ll have to see for yourself. You’ll be so pleased with its quality and how we’re using the area,” said Pruett. “While you are admiring the new accomplishments, you might want to make a $15 donation and choose one of our t-shirts when you’re here.”

In addition to browsing the new display areas inside the Rector Community Museum, Joel Boyd, Rector art teacher, will be hosting the annual Rector School District Art Show. It will be open to the public during museum hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday evening, the school’s art department will host a reception for art students, their parents and the community.

The museum board also continues to reach out to friends in Greenway and Boydsville as part of the museum’s community mission to include memorabilia from these communities. Artifacts have been steadily arriving,

“Didn’t know if y’all would want this,” said Mike Travillian of Greenway, as he brought in a refurbished Greenway

Elementary School desk and chair.

Rector residents have also noted the museum’s hours of operation and have brought guests for tours on weekends. “It’s been encouraging and exciting,” said Pruett who continues to serve as acting director and chair person for events and volunteers.

As for future projects to utilize even more of the square footage in the large historic building that once housed Underwood Furniture store, the museum board has cleaned-out an overcrowded back storage area to make room for cleaning and restoring future museum-worthy items. The room just behind the Library door, mini-concert area, was filled with extra storage totes and large items. It has a portion of the original raised ceiling, and is currently being emptied. The goal for this area’s use is as a venue preserving the name Ford Theater. That endeavor will require innovation and everyone’s effort to fulfill the dream. Another museum spokesperson remarked, “We’re thinking reunion conversations. We’ve heard so many stories from couples who dated there, from people who remember spending all day at the theater, to those who can tell the movies they saw there. We are interested. Who has pictures, memorabilia, posters?”

The Rector Community Museum promotes itself as not only a museum but a showcase for living history, a place for Rector school field trips, a site for family or school reunions, and a place that will offer activities for everyone, all related to the history of the community.

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