Museum hosts rock-a-thon to benefit High Point Historical Society

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 04:31 PM

History Rocks!, an annual fundraiser at the High Point Museum, takes on new meaning this year with the addition of the event’s inaugural rock-a-thon.
Volunteers will take turns rocking in rocking chairs to raise money for the High Point Historical Society, which benefits from History Rocks!
“The rock-a-thon will be just like a walk-a-thon, except they’re in rocking chairs,” said Teresa Loflin, community relations director for the museum.
“They’ve gotten sponsors to sponsor them, and they’ll be rocking in 30-minute increments and collecting more money — the donation jars will be right there beside them. And the public can rock, too, for $1 a minute.”
The third annual event will be held Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., at the museum, with the rock-a-thon portion taking place from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will also be live music throughout the afternoon, as well as a petting zoo, face-painting, children’s games and crafts, cornhole, blacksmithing and spinning demonstrations, a bake sale and food vendors. A new exhibit, “A Beautiful Suburb: High Point’s West End,” will be on display in the museum.
“This is a way for us to open up the museum and let people come in and see what we do, and to see why history is important,” Loflin said.
The rock-a-thon will raise funds for the conservation of five artifacts in the museum’s permanent collection:
•The track shoes worn by High Point native Harry Williamson — North Carolina’s first Olympian — when he competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
•A ceremonial silver megaphone presented to High Point Fire Department Chief Austin Beauregard Horney by city firemen in 1908. Horney was the city’s first fire chief.
•The first-place trophy awarded to Carolina Container for its float entry in the 1938 Pageant of Progress Parade.
•A miniature market sample chest of drawers manufactured by Globe Furniture Co. between 1905 and 1915.
•A satchel owned by Edward E. Curtwright, the second principal of High Point Normal and Industrial Institute. The satchel was used between 1920 and 1939.
The combined cost of conserving the five artifacts could cost as much as $6,700, according to Loflin.
“There’s no admission charge for History Rocks!, but it’s still a fundraiser,” she said. “We want people to come partake in these activities to help the Historical Society preserve these artifacts.”
jtomlin@hpe.com | 888-3579

Want to go?

The third annual History Rocks! event, a fundraiser for the High Point Historical Society, will be held Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
The event will include the first-ever rock-a-thon, in which individuals will rock in rocking chairs to raise money for the Historical Society. The rock-a-thon will be from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will be live music throughout the event, with Ken Mickey performing from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., OLDGRASS from 2 to 3 p.m., and Andy Squint from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The event will also include a petting zoo, face-painting, children’s games and crafts, cornhole, blacksmithing and spinning demonstrations, a bake sale and food vendors. A new exhibit, “A Beautiful Suburb: High Point’s West End,” will be on display in the museum.
For more information, call the museum at 885-1859.