Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Museum volunteers provide historical research

Museum exhibits done right take research, and volunteers at the Plymouth Historical Museum are happy to help.
Dan Packer, among those working in museum archives, is one of those volunteer researchers who helps Exhibits Coordinator Mary Thackston.
“She'll have a theme or an idea. We'll find newspaper articles, books, anything of a paper nature. Pictures, lots of pictures.”

The mannequin resembling
musician Willie Nelson
welcomes visitors.
He helped research the 1960s history exhibit running now through Nov. 6. “It's historical in nature,” says Livonia resident Packer, formerly of Plymouth.
The archives, at 155 S. Main, have records of early Plymouth, with an extensive collection on President Abraham Lincoln with artifacts and more than 500 books. Local newspapers are available to researchers and date back to the early 1900s.
Some residents have a house title “indicating one of the founding fathers of our town,” said Packer. They can research the history of their home.
Plymouth High School graduating class photos go back to 1886: “There were nine members in that class,” Packer said.
The museum website at has more on the Plymouth museum, which also welcomes a wide variety of volunteer help.