“Unraveling Ancient Egypt: A Sensory Tour” centers around Margaret -- North Carolina’s only Egyptian Mummy on permanent display – and the smells, tastes and sounds she might have experienced during her lifetime. For example, visitors can learn about the minerals used to create the cosmetics of Margaret’s time, discover fascinating details about the mummification process, go on an archaeological dig and even taste foods customary to Egypt.
The Wallace Brothers
The Wallace brothers, Isaac and David, arrived in Statesville right as the Civil War began and opened one of many wholesale stores in the center of town. Their mercantile exploits soon morphed into the large-scale trade of roots, produce, and herbs as medicinal commodities. Their “Botanic Depot,” as they called it, was located at the corner of Meeting and Walnut Sts and was more than 40,000 square feet at completion. Throughout their time in business, they had several storage warehouses from Court St to W. Bell St. The brothers and their family were not only business leaders, they were also community leaders. Because of the Wallace’s success, other Jewish immigrants made their home in Statesville. To meet the needs of the new community, David and Isaac established a Jewish Congregation in their home, called Congregation Emanuel, in 1883. The congregation was made up of every single Jewish family in town. Less than ten years later, the brothers secured funding for the building of a synagogue on the corner of West End Avenue and North Kelly Street. Services at the Temple drew congregants from as far as Hickory, Salisbury, and Charlotte. The impact of the Wallace Brothers’ success was felt all over Statesville. They supported business owners, including the Lowensteins, the Keys, and others; they were part of an effort to fund and continue the women’s college, which became Mitchell Community College; and they were fundamental in establishing the New South Cotton Mill, which employed hundreds of Statesville residents. The Wallace’s and the Jewish community always led the way in contributions to charitable causes and that legacy extends to today. From their success in business and establishing Statesville’s authority as a center of trade to their support of the community and education, David and Isaac and their descendants helped create the Statesville that we know today. We invite you to come learn about their legacy during Art Crawl, Friday, September 14th from 5:30 to 8:30. The exhibit, The Wallace Brothers: Roots, Herbs, and Religion, will be open until Spring 2019.
Imagine. Design. Play.
Imagine Design Play is the perfect summer time activity for kids and families to enjoy and features different stations with materials which can be used by visitors of all ages to build, create, and invent! The different stations include Imagination Playground with the big blue blocks, K’nex Creations, and Hickory Sticks Construction. Each station allows kids and adults to use their imagination and create whatever they desire using hands-on materials.
“The purpose of Imagine Design Play is to foster critical thinking through open-ended free play. Visitors ages 1 to 100 use real engineering skills to build their creations without even realizing it because they’re having so much fun. Imagination is the driving force behind this exhibit – the sky is the limit!" says Angel Johnston, Operations Manager. Visitors can craft items small and large, functional or completely imaginative!
Return to the Land of My Ancestors
Return to the Land of My Ancestors, a walk through North Carolina during Daniel Boone's time. The exhibit is inspired by a collection of paintings by local artist Robert Alvin Crum and focuses on telling the history of our forefathers from three diverse perspectives; North Carolina American Indians, white settlers, and African slaves. Crum is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone and his paintings are meant to reflect his connection to his ancestors.
The exhibit, designed by Museum Operations Manager, Angel Johnston, Robert Crum, and Program Assistant, Melanie Vaughn, is accessible to people of all ages. Return to the Land of My Ancestors showcases the Museum’s innovative, family-friendly style that combines the classic learning structure of a traditional museum with the play-based learning strategies typically used in children’s museums. This unique approach allows the museum to offer developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to people across a diverse spectrum of age and abilities. Highlights of the interactive installation include a settler’s cabin, a hands-on play-garden, and reproduction clothing from the mid 18th century.