The Blount County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting was scheduled to meet at the historic Ashville Masonic Lodge on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. Due to circumstances beyond the society’s control, the meeting will instead take place at the Blount County Memorial Museum on the same date and time. The featured speaker will be Jim Kilgore, a retired educator and journalist. Kilgore will present information about the Kate Duncan Smith Daughters of the American Revolution School in Grant, a K-12 public school established in 1924 with the mission “to provide opportunities for educational and personal growth for students, while emphasizing patriotism, responsible citizenship, and the historical legacy of the school.”
Amy Rhudy, the museum’s curator, announced new exhibits will be on display at the museum in the coming weeks. One already in place is vintage (1920s to 1950s) women’s dresses and accessories. Helen Brown has loaned the museum an antique doll collection that will be viewable soon. Another soon-to-be unveiled is an exhibit about a local celebrity, Nick Carter, who enjoyed an eclectic career as a boxer, wrestler, and businessman.
Rhudy said the museum still has covered bridge ornaments for sale. Normally the set of five costs $75, but for the time being, a set can be purchased for $60. The price for the new Bicentennial Edition of the Blount County Heritage Book has been reduced to $70.
The museum will be taking registrations until Oct. 31 for those who wish to participate on Nov. 2 in the annual Blount County Veterans Day Parade sponsored by Operation Grateful Heart Blount County. Rhudy said that Vietnam Veterans will be this year’s grand marshals and asked those veterans to contact her at the museum to participate. She also said the annual dinner on Nov. 1 is at Anchors Church. It is free for all veterans and their families. Veterans can get tickets at the museum. Call Rhudy at 205- 625-6905 for more information.
The museum will host Joe Brindley PhD. at the Little Brick Church in November. Dr. Brindley will be speaking about his book, Crossing the Swilcan Bridge, a collection of stories about his life and the lives of some of his ancestors who helped pioneer Alabama. Gabriel Hanby, a great-great grandfather to Brindley, was a delegate who helped to produce the state’s first constitution in 1819. Dr. Brindley will speak on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.