* It seems incredible that 18 years ago this July a small group of dedicated volunteers (several of whom are still diligently working for the museum) opened the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum for this special community. There were only a few things on display at that July, 1994 opening compared to the current collection of 2,000+ items.
* As we strive to preserve and share the history of Cynthiana and Harrison County, we volunteers urge you and yours to visit the museum in the wonderful 1920’s Rohs Theatre Building on Walnut Street. The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No charge for admission.
* We are confident that you will discover something of interest. All citizens need to ponder the military section. Other displays focus on schools, medical, agriculture, Native Americans, homemaking, religion, nature, music, transportation, clothing, sports, industry, toys, etc.
* Arts is an integral part of the museum. Among visitors’ favorites are the models crafted by local artisans (Harold Slade, Donald Hill, Joe Pawley, Neville Haley, Carl Blackburn, Bruce Mitchell). Amazing creations!
* Original paintings (oil, watercolor, pen and pencil) by artists with local connections are displayed throughout the building as well as numerous photographs. Among those artists are Robert Poindexter, Herbert Allen Moore, Harold Barnett, Joanie Gruelle Wannamaker, Alvan Berry, Art Lowry, Otis Tussey, and Jane Sugg Gaffin.
* Thanks so much to the support of the community. This column “Museum Musings” and other related articles have been published by The Cynthiana Democrat for 18 years. WCYN radio has broadcast numerous museum programs. This Friday, July 27 “Coffee Break” hosts will visit the museum in celebration of the 18th anniversary. The city, county, various organizations and citizens have been vital in helping a group of dedicated volunteers move ever onward to maintain the museum and preserve and share our history.
Please come visit the museum and bring family and friends. Join us!