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The is going to take full advantage of the concept of unlimited space. We plan to create an art gallery wing featuring better art works by local artists, as well as truly unusual, noteworthy works held by Murray County people. We plan to create another gallery displaying old farm equipment and implements that once were common here. A gallery will be dedicated to locally found Indian artifacts. Another will display needlework of bygone eras—handmade quilts, early chenille spreads made by hand, as well as old embroidery, crochet, and knitting done by county residents. True antique furniture can be displayed with ease.

Perhaps the most unusual gallery will be one through which visitors can visit local historic buildings—even some which have long since disappeared. Through photographs we can visit the old courthouse at Spring Place, Lucy Hill Institute, churches, schools, early mills and businesses. Some of the long-gone homes of interest can be shown as well. Perhaps enough photographs can be found to recreate in cyberspace some of the original grist mills, post offices, early businesses, even a blacksmith shop! We also want to find photos of the steamboats that in the late 1800s came up the spring swollen streams from Rome to several Murray County locations to haul freight!

One of the greatest advantages of creating a museum in cyberspace, citizens who own items we want to display don't have to donate or lend them to the museum. To display their treasures in this virtual museum all the owners have to do is to share pictures of their treasures. They retain the real items. This should mean that most of the closely held and jealously guarded family heirlooms that families would never surrender to a brick-and-mortar museum can be made available through our virtual museum.

And people who have accumulated prize collections of various types can retain their entire collection but still make it all available to the entire world! Early galleries featuring such displays of privately held collections include: wooden vases; barbed wire (yeah! barbed wire!); Roseville Pottery; etc. More to follow rather quickly. Keep checking back regularly to see what's new. In fact, to make it easy for returning visitors, we will have a page listing what has changed recently. Bookmark it!

Anyone with connections to Murray County (born here, lived here earlier, live here now, etc.) who has an unusual collection he/she might want to share by having it displayed in this museum, please send a brief note stating exactly what you have and someone will contact you in a few days.

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