Drop-In at New Museum January 21st

The Laurens County Museum Association is hosting a Membership Appreciation Drop-in in just over a week. It’s scheduled for Sunday, January 21st in the Witherspoon Building.

Museum Association President Carolyn Shortt said a primary purpose of the gathering will be to showcase the Witherspoon Building, the new and expanded site for the Laurens County Museum. The facility is named in honor of the late Don Witherspoon, a resident of Texas who contributed several hundred thousand dollars to purchase and rehabilitate the building and create a larger and more central location for the County Museum. Mr. Witherspoon formerly lived in Laurens County and his family was prominent in the agricultural and civic life of the county.

The drop-in is to allow the Museum Association to thank those Association members and volunteers who are crucial to the development of a functioning and growing museum for Laurens County. The public will have the opportunity to meet and converse with new and returning members of the Association’s Board of Directors, learn about upcoming events and to meet Phoebe Jones, a Presbyterian College student who is assisting the Museum Association as an intern.

The Witherspoon Building is a three-floor structure facing the south entrance of the Historic Laurens County Court House. The Museum Association has largely completed the building’s refurbishment. With assistance from the Laurens C.P.W., installation of a fire-suppression system is nearing completion. Installing an elevator is the major capital expense remaining for completion of the renovation.

The main, street-level floor of the Witherspoon Building will feature shelving and show casing for the display of the many artifacts collected by and donated to the Museum Association and a complete audio-visual facility. Display items number in the thousands, including the Museum’s collection of Native American artifacts, which rivals any in the region. A research center is to be located downstairs for scholars from across the country. The top floor is to feature a large public area to serve as a venue for hosting wedding receptions, class reunions and other public functions.

The reception is coming up in 9 days – Sunday afternoon, January 21st from 2:00 until 5:00. There will be no charge and refreshments will be served.