The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History

The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History

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The South Boston - Halifax County Museum's Annual Civil War and Militaria trade show is back once again. This year, the show will be hosted at The Factory Street Brewing Company to accommodate the ever expanding number of vendors.
After a hiatus, the annual Southside Virginia Bottle Collectors' Fair is returning to the South Boston - Halifax County Museum!
The Creative Tablescapes is set to return to the Museum on September 21st at 12 PM!

After having to cancel last year's event due to covid, the Tablescapes committee is looking forward to whoever is interested in sharing their talent, skill, and creativity by decorating a table with their own clothes, dishes, silverware, glasses, and centerpieces.

The Theme this year is "My Favorite Things," so choose whatever your favorite thing in life is, and have lots of fun decorating your table!

More details to be found on the museum's website including event registration and setup. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

www.sbhcmuseum.org
From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, guest speaker Barbara Coleman-Brown will present “Richard and Mildred Loving: Moving Toward Unity.”

In 1958, the Lovings were jolted out of their bed in the middle of the night and arrested by local Virginia police. Their crime: violating the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which forbade in*******al marriage.

Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving grew up in Central Point in rural Caroline County, fell in love and were married in Washington, D.C. in 1958, when a state law prohibiting in*******al marriages was still enforced in Virginia.

Civil rights attorneys took the case, known as Loving v. Virginia to both the Virginia Supreme Court and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court, where the ruling was issued in June 1967 -- in effect striking down laws against in*******al marriage nationwide, as well as Virginia.

The Virginia Supreme Court refused to set aside the Lovings’ convictions, and attorneys Bernard S. Cohen and Phil Hirschkop appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that laws prohibiting in*******al marriage were unconstitutional.

Coleman-Brown will present this story of love, tragedy and ultimate triumph when she details the process of legalizing the Lovings’ union through the courts, which parallels the turbulent beginning of the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s.

The public is encouraged to come and learn more about the Lovings as the museum wraps up its successful Booming 1950s exhibit.

The museum is located at 1540 Wilborn Ave. in South Boston.
Special Forums on Controversial Couples of the 1950s to take place at the Museum! The couples listed below created quite a stir in the 1950s that changed the course of Virginia's history. Who were these couples? What impact did they have on Virginia? Why are they still relevant today?

Julius and Ethel Rosenburg: Guilty or Not Guilty?
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 5:30 - 7 PM

Speakers: Larry, Clark, Doug Ford, Dr. Carlyle Ramsey, and Pamela Smith

Richard and Mildred Loving: Moving Toward Unity
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 5:30 - 7 PM

Speaker: Barbara Coleman-Brown

More details to be found on our website: www.sbhcmuseum.org.
The museum's annual membership drive has begun!

This year has been a quiet one for the South Boston - Halifax County Museum's community, but as we open our doors to the public, we are excited to be seeing old friends and making new ones. We are so happy to have been the recipient of so much love and support in the two months since we formally reopened to the public.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when our doors shut to the public, the museum faced a critical financial shortfall. As a small non-profit organization, we exist almost entirely on the revenue generated by membership dues, donations, and the generosity of members, patrons, and business partners.

As our friends, we need your help A financial gift would be so very appreciated.

Please stop by and tour the newly reconfigured “Crossing Of the Dan” and our popular “The Booming 50’s” exhibit.

Also, feel free to visit our newly renovated and stocked Gift Shop, where you can purchase unique and Interesting items.

Thank you!
Since its inception, Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club through its members have been meeting needs in the Birch Creek District of Halifax County in order to make their community a better place to live.

From giving scholarships to local students helping them attend college in hopes they will return to the county to work and raise their families to hosting Tuesday night dances for senior citizens, these Ruritans have been a busy crew.

All of these activities and many more have been carefully documented in club scrapbooks over the past decades and are now available in the Research Room of the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts & History for the public to peruse.

Donated by club member Joe Satterfield of Halifax, the five scrapbooks cover a period of Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club members’ activities from 1993 to 2017.

The public is invited to come view the scrapbooks at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum that now boasts a fresh renovated look and new creatively designed exhibits.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday with new hours of operation: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Booming 1950s

If you are a "Baby Boomer," come and reminisce about a time when the world was rapidly changing, moving, and growing. The age of the Space Race, the rise of Rock n' Roll, and a construction boom that swept the nation.

If you were born after the 1950s, come and see that that was happening in the Booming 1950s. See if you can spot some familiar time-worn faces among the exhibit's photo gallery.

The Booming 1950s will be on display until May 15th, 2021.

**New Museum Hours**

Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 1 PM - 4 PM
Hello,

After a nearly year-long absence, the museum has reopened to the public. Today marks the beginning of a new era for the museum with new exhibits, new hours, and new volunteers.

Due to COVID-19, the museum closed to the general public. The 11 months allowed for the South Boston - Halifax County Museum to work with many local historical organizations, primarily the Halifax County Historical Society, to give a new lease on life to an important exhibit.

The Crossing of the Dan, once located at the Prizery, has moved! New artifacts and a new design provide a much more open and welcoming visitor experience.

To make this remarkable exhibit more accessible to the public, our hours have also changed.

Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 1 PM - 4 PM
Due to the ongoing public health crisis in Virginia, the South Boston - Halifax County Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.

All events scheduled through April 31st has been canceled.

Community members and researchers can still make inquiries to the Museum's Genealogy and Research Library for any genealogy or local history questions. Inquiries can be made by phone or by sending an email to [email protected].
Happy Holidays to all of our dear friends and supporters!

This holiday season, the museum will be closed on the dates listed below:

Wednesday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Dec. 26

Open Fri-Sat. 27-28

Jan. 1
Jan. 2

Open Fri-Sat 3-4
Reminder to all Museum Members that our Annual Membership meeting will be held on October 24th at 7 PM

Fine arts and history museum focused on preserving and exhibiting the rich history and culture of Southside Virginia.

Operating as usual

03/03/2022

A big "Thank You!" to all of our sponsors who helped make the South Boston Civil War & Military Collectors Show possible:

Sons of Confederate Veterans John M. Jordan Camp #581
Brooks Lyons Funeral Home
South Boston Insurance Agency, Inc.
Fallen Electric Co.
Elliott Electric Inc.
Yancey Wholesale Supply, Inc.
J.E Burton Construction Co, Inc.
Mac Ragans Auto, LLC
Terry of South Boston Auto
Benchmark Community Bank
Springfield Distillery
Cameron Starke of Edward Jones
Scottie Felton of Long and Foster Realtors
Abbott Farm Suppliers, Inc.
Cozy Cave Self-Storage and Hertz Car Rental
Epps Collision Center
Sheetz
Commander Gerald C Roxbury U.S. Navy (Retired)
Jane Jones
Bill and Shirley McCaleb
Larry and Pamela Clark
Douglas Ford
Linda Mercer
Andrew Mayo

12/10/2021

The South Boston - Halifax County Museum's Annual Civil War and Militaria trade show is back once again. This year, the show will be hosted at The Factory Street Brewing Company to accommodate the ever expanding number of vendors.

10/27/2021

After a hiatus, the annual Southside Virginia Bottle Collectors' Fair is returning to the South Boston - Halifax County Museum!

Photos from The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History's post 08/20/2021

The Creative Tablescapes is set to return to the Museum on September 21st at 12 PM!

After having to cancel last year's event due to covid, the Tablescapes committee is looking forward to whoever is interested in sharing their talent, skill, and creativity by decorating a table with their own clothes, dishes, silverware, glasses, and centerpieces.

The Theme this year is "My Favorite Things," so choose whatever your favorite thing in life is, and have lots of fun decorating your table!

More details to be found on the museum's website including event registration and setup. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

www.sbhcmuseum.org

08/16/2021

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, guest speaker Barbara Coleman-Brown will present “Richard and Mildred Loving: Moving Toward Unity.”

In 1958, the Lovings were jolted out of their bed in the middle of the night and arrested by local Virginia police. Their crime: violating the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which forbade interracial marriage.

Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving grew up in Central Point in rural Caroline County, fell in love and were married in Washington, D.C. in 1958, when a state law prohibiting interracial marriages was still enforced in Virginia.

Civil rights attorneys took the case, known as Loving v. Virginia to both the Virginia Supreme Court and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court, where the ruling was issued in June 1967 -- in effect striking down laws against interracial marriage nationwide, as well as Virginia.

The Virginia Supreme Court refused to set aside the Lovings’ convictions, and attorneys Bernard S. Cohen and Phil Hirschkop appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional.

Coleman-Brown will present this story of love, tragedy and ultimate triumph when she details the process of legalizing the Lovings’ union through the courts, which parallels the turbulent beginning of the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s.

The public is encouraged to come and learn more about the Lovings as the museum wraps up its successful Booming 1950s exhibit.

The museum is located at 1540 Wilborn Ave. in South Boston.

07/22/2021

Special Forums on Controversial Couples of the 1950s to take place at the Museum! The couples listed below created quite a stir in the 1950s that changed the course of Virginia's history. Who were these couples? What impact did they have on Virginia? Why are they still relevant today?

Julius and Ethel Rosenburg: Guilty or Not Guilty?
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 5:30 - 7 PM

Speakers: Larry, Clark, Doug Ford, Dr. Carlyle Ramsey, and Pamela Smith

Richard and Mildred Loving: Moving Toward Unity
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 5:30 - 7 PM

Speaker: Barbara Coleman-Brown

More details to be found on our website: www.sbhcmuseum.org.

Photos from The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History's post 04/29/2021

The museum's annual membership drive has begun!

This year has been a quiet one for the South Boston - Halifax County Museum's community, but as we open our doors to the public, we are excited to be seeing old friends and making new ones. We are so happy to have been the recipient of so much love and support in the two months since we formally reopened to the public.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when our doors shut to the public, the museum faced a critical financial shortfall. As a small non-profit organization, we exist almost entirely on the revenue generated by membership dues, donations, and the generosity of members, patrons, and business partners.

As our friends, we need your help A financial gift would be so very appreciated.

Please stop by and tour the newly reconfigured “Crossing Of the Dan” and our popular “The Booming 50’s” exhibit.

Also, feel free to visit our newly renovated and stocked Gift Shop, where you can purchase unique and Interesting items.

Thank you!

Photos from The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History's post 04/14/2021

Since its inception, Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club through its members have been meeting needs in the Birch Creek District of Halifax County in order to make their community a better place to live.

From giving scholarships to local students helping them attend college in hopes they will return to the county to work and raise their families to hosting Tuesday night dances for senior citizens, these Ruritans have been a busy crew.

All of these activities and many more have been carefully documented in club scrapbooks over the past decades and are now available in the Research Room of the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts & History for the public to peruse.

Donated by club member Joe Satterfield of Halifax, the five scrapbooks cover a period of Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club members’ activities from 1993 to 2017.

The public is invited to come view the scrapbooks at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum that now boasts a fresh renovated look and new creatively designed exhibits.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday with new hours of operation: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

04/06/2021

The Booming 1950s

If you are a "Baby Boomer," come and reminisce about a time when the world was rapidly changing, moving, and growing. The age of the Space Race, the rise of Rock n' Roll, and a construction boom that swept the nation.

If you were born after the 1950s, come and see that that was happening in the Booming 1950s. See if you can spot some familiar time-worn faces among the exhibit's photo gallery.

The Booming 1950s will be on display until May 15th, 2021.

**New Museum Hours**

Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 1 PM - 4 PM

Photos from The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History's post 03/04/2021

Hello,

After a nearly year-long absence, the museum has reopened to the public. Today marks the beginning of a new era for the museum with new exhibits, new hours, and new volunteers.

Due to COVID-19, the museum closed to the general public. The 11 months allowed for the South Boston - Halifax County Museum to work with many local historical organizations, primarily the Halifax County Historical Society, to give a new lease on life to an important exhibit.

The Crossing of the Dan, once located at the Prizery, has moved! New artifacts and a new design provide a much more open and welcoming visitor experience.

To make this remarkable exhibit more accessible to the public, our hours have also changed.

Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 1 PM - 4 PM

03/18/2020

Due to the ongoing public health crisis in Virginia, the South Boston - Halifax County Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.

All events scheduled through April 31st has been canceled.

Community members and researchers can still make inquiries to the Museum's Genealogy and Research Library for any genealogy or local history questions. Inquiries can be made by phone or by sending an email to [email protected].

12/21/2019

Happy Holidays to all of our dear friends and supporters!

This holiday season, the museum will be closed on the dates listed below:

Wednesday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Dec. 26

Open Fri-Sat. 27-28

Jan. 1
Jan. 2

Open Fri-Sat 3-4

10/19/2019

Reminder to all Museum Members that our Annual Membership meeting will be held on October 24th at 7 PM

10/19/2019

Only two weeks left to see the traveling art exhibit " Of Natural Liberty and Independence" featuring reproductions of nine hand-colored etchings created by the famed 19th-century artist George Catlin. The etchings depict Native Americans from a wide variety of tribes located in the Great Plains region of the US.

The collection is open to the public every Wednesday - Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM and will remain on exhibit until November 2nd.

Museum starts rotating exhibit: 200 years of food preservation 10/09/2019

Museum starts rotating exhibit: 200 years of food preservation

200 Years of Food Preservation has opened with resounding success. Last week marked one of the highest visitation weeks of the year from the general public.

A special shout out also goes to the 5th-grade students of Meadville Elementary for their enthusiasm, plentiful questions, and good conduct when visiting the museum this year.

Museum starts rotating exhibit: 200 years of food preservation The first rotation of the 200 Years of Food Preservation at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History kicked off last week with samples of “Joe Froggers”

Photos from The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History's post 10/02/2019

Join us tomorrow night from 2-6 PM at our Grand Opening Reception introducing the South Boston - Halifax Count's newest exhibit 200 Years of Food Preservation: 1750-1950

Special Thanks to:
Sunnyview Inn and Events
Patrick Henry's Red Hill
Cedar Forest Mills
Members of the Southside Virginia Master Gardeners Association

Thank you for helping make this exhibit such a success!

Photos from The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History's post 09/14/2019

Two new exhibits coming October 2

"200 Years of Food Preservation: 1750-1950"

"Of Natural Liberty and Independence: George Catlin’s Portraits of Native Americans," sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Find out more at www.sbhcmuseum.org

07/16/2019

"Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607"

Earlier this month, the South Boston - Halifax County Museum said a fond farewell to our first traveling art exhibition of 2019 sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; however, a new collection has come to town in its place. From July 17 until August 17, the museum will take a look at some of the many changes taking place around the world at the time Jamestown was founded and how Jamestown was depicted in art form.

From portraits of Pocohontas and Sir Thomas Dale to "The Puritain," the travelling exhibit Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607 is a fascinating educational exhibition examines how the new colony in Virginia fit into the cultural, historical, and geographical context of the day — and how the story of Jamestown has continued to inspire American artists. Twelve reproductions of images from VMFA’s collection combine with explanatory text and an introductory panel to illustrate the connections between the struggling colony and the world of 1607.

At the dawn of the 17th century, exchanges of plants and animals were changing the diet of both of the world’s hemispheres. New diseases and technologies were crossing the Atlantic. Political and religious ideas and concepts were transforming societies. Economic fluctuations had worldwide effects, vast populations were relocated, and the first truly international wars were fought. These critical developments are accentuated through images as diverse as a glittering Spanish ewer and basin, portraits of Sir Thomas Dale and Queen Anne of Denmark, and the haunting image of Mount Fuji rising above the Musashino plain.

This exhibition also reveals how the legacy of Jamestown has continued to affect art and culture in the last four hundred years through paintings by John Gadsby Chapman, Richard Norris Brooke, Thomas Hart Benton, and a sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Jamestown and Beyond will be open to the public during the museum's regular hours every Wednesday - Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM. For more information, please contact the museum at 434-572-9200 or by email at [email protected].

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1540 Wilborn Ave
South Boston, VA
24592

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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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