MARC Grand Opening a Success

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(Wentworth, NC) – The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) opened it’s doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

The historic grand opening event began with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included N.C. Sen. Phil Berger, Carol M. Highsmith, representatives of the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with Rockingham County government officials and other visiting dignitaries.

Housed in the former Rockingham County Courthouse, the MARC’s grand opening featured a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, “Journey Stories,” which is part of the national Museum on Main Street Program. The MARC is one of only six sites in North Carolina to host this exhibit, which highlights themes of migration, immigration, transportation, and the significance of mobility to personal freedom.

In addition to the Journey Stories exhibit, the museum featured stunning local exhibits and a special photography exhibit by Carol M. Highsmith, titled, “America’s Photographer” by the Library of Congress.

The MARC is located in the former county courthouse at 1086 N.C. Highway 65 in Wentworth. Regular museum hours will be from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For additional information, call (336) 394-4965 or visit the new MARC Online website www.themarconline.org .

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