Every person, every family, has a story that deserves to be heard. This is the inspiration behind the request for “Journey Stories” from local residents by Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC). We’re on a Quest for Journey Stories!
Simply put, a Journey Story is any tale that answers the question “Where did you come from, where have you gone, and how did you get there?” The story may be that of a journey, either physical or emotional, involving immigration, transportation, vacations, and any other story that remembers a meaningful moment in one’s life involving some type of travel.
To make it easy to participate, representatives from the museum will be travelling around the county during May and June, visiting local libraries on the quest for journey stories. Everyone is invited to attend one of the following sessions and bring any artifacts and/or photos that illustrate the story they wish to tell.
Dates and locations are:
· Saturday, May 12th, 10am-1pm, Reidsville Public Library, NC Room,
· Saturday, May 26th, 10am-1pm, Eden Public Library, Main Room,
· Saturday, June 2nd, 10am-1pm, Madison Public Library, Community Room,
· Saturday, June 16th, 10am-1pm, Mayodan Public Library, Main Room, and
· Saturday, June 30th, 10am-1pm, Stoneville Public Library, Community Room.
MARC’s Executive Director, Kim Proctor encourages residents to come out and tell any story they think may be of value to the project. “We want people to come in and orally share their stories and bring in anything that will illustrate them.” “Each tale,” she continued, “will be individual to the teller’s life and part of the fabric of our county’s history.”
Selections from among these stories will be part of our local exhibits when the MARC opens on August 11th featuring the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibit Journey Stories.
Journey Stories has been made possible at the MARC by the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
We need volunteers to help us on our quest!
If you’d like to join the team, contact us at 336-394-4965 or at MARCconnection@gmail.com.