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Leggett's Santa on display at the Museum

From the mid-1950s until 1980, Leggett’s Department Store at 1015 Main Street in Downtown Lynchburg installed a mechanical Santa in a sleigh with eight moving reindeer on the front canopy.  Many Lynchburg residents remember it as part of the holiday traditions in Downtown.   The Santa was donated by Tom and Marilyn Jenkins in 2013. 

Looking for a way to document that this was the real Leggett’s Santa, Museum Director Doug Harvey contacted Gordon Leggett whose family operated the chain of stores. Last Christmas, Gordon came to the Museum and verified that it was the real one and remembered helping assemble the display over the years.  He noted, “The Santa turned and waved, and the reindeer moved up and down. Sometimes the brackets that held the reindeer became loose, and the reindeer would jump down into Main Street!  I was always worried they were going to hit someone.”

Leggett’s Department Store operated on Main Street from 1927 until 1980 when it moved to River Ridge Mall. The chain was later bought by Belk.

The Santa will remain on display through January 31, 2015. 

The Museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 

 

LYNCHBURG MUSEUM AND LYNCHBURG CITY SCHOOLS PARTNER ON FOURTH GRADE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

 

This fall, Lynchburg City Schools are sending all fourth grade classes on field trips to the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House for SOL-based educational programs. The Lynchburg Museum Foundation realized over the years that local schools faced field trip challenges including the cost of buses and bus drivers. A scholarship program was created by the Foundation to fund field trips to the Museum for all fourth grade classes in the City schools.  

Watch WSET's coverage of Perrymont's visit to the Museum!

 

The Experience the James: Lynchburg’s Pathway to the World exhibit covers many topics in the fourth grade curriculum including history, geography, ecology, and art. Museum Educator Whitney Roberts created SOL-based programs that teachers can select for their particular class, all of which have a hands-on learning component.

 

To date, Bass, R.S. Payne, Perrymont, Heritage, Sandusky, and T.C. Miller Elementary Schools have toured, and the remaining schools will complete tours this month. Museum Director Doug Harvey noted, “Education is a core mission of museums, and this is one way we can help students learn about their home town and how our history fits in to the broader stories of Virginia and American history. We are thrilled to have the students come and explore the Museum.”

 

Dixie Sears, Supervisor of English, Social Studies, and Media Librarians with Lynchburg City Schools stated, “We are so excited to rekindle our relationship with the Lynchburg Museum.  When Marie Waller shared the idea with Dr. McClain and me, we knew right away this would be a meaningful experience for our fourth graders.  We have received only positive feedback about the Experience the James exhibit and activities from our students, parents, and teachers.  One teacher even sent us a videotape of her students during the museum visit.  This is like rediscovering a treasure in our own back yard!”

 

For more information, call 455-6226, visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org,  www.pointofhonor.org, the Museum’s Facebook page, or visit them on Twitter.

                                       

Large Collection of Early Dunbar Material and Portrait of Confederate General James Dearing Donated to The Lynchburg Museum

When Dunbar High School transitioned from a segregated black high school to an integrated school in 1970-71, Carolyn Brown was there as school secretary.  Earlier, she worked with C.W. Seay, the principal of Dunbar and the first African American elected to City Council since the 1880s. During the transition, many items were being thrown away and Carolyn saved documents, photographs, graduation programs, and other pieces of the school’s long history.

                 

In recent months, Carolyn contacted the Lynchburg Museum and agreed to let the Museum make digital copies of the extensive collection.  Staff members and college interns worked on the collection for several months and recently completed the project. At that time, Ms. Brown decided to donate the collection to the Lynchburg Museum.

 

Museum Director Doug Harvey noted: “Collections like this are rare, as African American history was not often saved in the early to mid -20th century.  This collection includes student newspapers from the 1920s, commencement programs, memorabilia from Jackson Street School, the predecessor to Dunbar, annuals, reunion photographs, and similar items. Carolyn Brown preserved an important and often overlooked part of Lynchburg’s history.”  The Museum plans to put portions of the collection on its website in the coming months.

 

Another important part of local history was donated to the Museum this week. General James Dearing was born in Campbell County, attended West Point, and served in the Confederate army during the Civil War. Rising to the rank of Brigadier General, he was wounded just before the surrender at Appomattox in a cavalry battle near Farmville. Brought to Lynchburg’s Ladies Relief Hospital on Main Street, he died there on April 22, 1865. James Dearing was the last Confederate General to die in the conflict and was buried on his 25th birthday.

 

Originally interred at the family home Avoca, now a historic house museum near Altavista, he was later moved to Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg.  The oil portrait of Dearing by Flavius Fisher was done in 1899 and bequeathed to the Museum by the late Mrs. Margaret Spruce Christian. Her husband was James Dearing Christian, Jr., a descendant of General Dearing and of John Lynch, the founder of Lynchburg.


The Museum is located at 901 Court Street and the Lynchburg Museum System also operates Point of Honor at 112 Cabell Street. For more information, call (434) 455-6226, visit the websites at www.lynchburgmuseum.org, the Museum’s Facebook page, or on Twitter.

 

Lynchburg Museums Recognized in
Top 100 of Virginia's Favorite Architecture

The votes are in, and the people have spoken. The Virginia Center for Architecture announces today that the Lynchburg Museum and Monument Terrace and Point of Honor have been ranked in the top 100 structures in a public poll to identify Virginia’s Favorite Architecture.

The survey, which garnered nearly 30,000 votes, found that Virginians chose buildings that evoke powerful emotions and memories as their favorites. Universities and Thomas Jefferson claim most of the top 10, with an historic church and an iconic airport thrown into the mix.  The Lynchburg Museum and Monument Terrace ranked 21st and Point of Honor 50th out of 100 in the survey. 

“I think Lynchburg should be very proud of these historic treasures,” said Museum Director, Doug Harvey. “We are pleased that others throughout the Commonwealth also recognize what architectural jewels these structures are.” 

 

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The mission of Point of Honor, Dr. George Cabell’s plantation home, is to engage and educate a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, and interpreting Lynchburg’s history during the Era of Good Feeling,

1815 -1830.

 

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