High Point Museum to host groovy gala for fundraiser

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 03:22 PM

We tend to think of the 1970s as a groovy decade, an era symbolized by lava lamps, disco balls, psychedelic VW vans, peace symbols, leisure suits and such.
But officials of the High Point Historical Society and the High Point Museum point out that the ’70s should be looked at in a different way, too — as history.
“We’re wanting to start collecting artifacts from the ’70s and ’80s,” says Teresa Loflin, community relations director for the museum.
“We have a lot of things from 50, 60 and 70 years ago, but every day is history. We don’t have many articles from the 1970s and ’80s yet, so we want to capture some of those things that we don’t already have in our collection.”
To that end, this year’s “Leap Into History” fundraiser for the High Point Historical Society will take a backward leap in time to the 1970s and ’80s. Guests will step into a party reminiscent of those two decades — and particularly the ’70s — as they’re surrounded by lava lamps, leisure suits, prom dresses, disco music and much more.
The event will be held Saturday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the museum.
Donna Kaiser, vice president of the historical society and primary organizer of the fundraiser, promises a fun, festive atmosphere.
“The High Point Historical Society may sometimes be tagged as the old fogies, but we have a love of life and the joy of experiencing history, and we want to bring that to everyone,” she says.
The decor will include some of the iconic symbols of the era: Lava lamps. A disco ball and disco music. A leisure suit. A Farrah Fawcett poster. A smoking jacket. Period photographs. Toys and jewelry from that era.
In addition to the emphasis on celebrating the ’70s and ’80s, the Historical Society will highlight its Adopt-an-Artifact program, which funds the conservation of specific pieces in the collection that are in need of repair. The organization will be auctioning off the rights to become a Preservation Partner and to be responsible for the preservation of a specific exhibition piece.
“One of our key responsibilities is the preservation of these artifacts, and it does not come without a price tag,” Kaiser explains. “The conservation can be far more expensive than the production of the object to begin with, so we’re constantly having to do this. Every time someone donates something, we have to evaluate whether we can afford to preserve it.”
Individuals who win the right to preserve a particular item will be honored with a nameplate recognizing them as the official conservator of that piece.

jtomlin@hpe.com | 888-3579

Want to go?

The High Point Historical Society’s annual “Leap Into History” fundraiser will be held Saturday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
Tickets are $25, and all proceeds will benefit the High Point Historical Society.
To RSVP, contact Teresa Loflin at 883-3022 or teresa.loflin@highpointnc.gov.
For more information, call the museum at 885-1859 or visit www.highpointmuseum.org.