Museum’s open house spotlights city’s history

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 08:23 PM

The High Point Museum opened its doors to the community Sunday for its 30th annual Holiday Open House.
The open house featured special re-enactments, demonstrations and hand-on activities for visitors.
The Montlieu Academy of Technology Center Choir and steel-drum player Tracy Thorton offered holiday selections.
Former museum director Barbara Taylor was on hand to sign copies of her book, “High Point,” which showcases the manufacturing and community history of the city.
“This is a tradition of the museum and we are happy to be continuing that tradition,” said Teresa Loflin, community relations director for the museum. “It is a family fun day where we open the doors to our community.”
Children were able to make Holiday ornaments while exploring the displays at the museum. Resident Bonny Cannon brought three children from her church to the event.
“We wanted to do some holiday activities and it was free,” Cannon said. “They like museums and have enjoyed themselves so far.”
Jayden McCullough, 7, was excited to attend the event with Cannon.
“I liked the John Coltrane exhibit,” Jayden said.
Visitors who wondered outside got quite a show. In the historical park there were weaving, spinning and blacksmithing demonstrations. The Guilford Militia, a Revolutionary War re-enactment group was on hand to speak with visitors who had questions.
“It was awesome and beautiful,” said Tatyana Skrypnyk.
Skrypnyk brought her young daughter, mother and father out to the park to take part in the event.
“We got a lot of knowledge from this, especially about this country’s history. It was very interesting,” she said.
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