The Pioneer Museum turns 50 on Sunday – The Troy Messenger


The Pioneer Museum of Alabama will be celebrating its 50th anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and everyone is invited to be a part of this monumental occasion.

Barbara Tatom, director of the museum, said the Pioneer History Museum was the fulfillment of its founder Curren Farmer’s dream.

“It was Mr. Farmer’s dream that there was a museum in County Pike dedicated to our pioneers so that ‘others could learn from the past’,” Tatom said. “We invite and encourage those who have contributed to the Pioneer Museum through donation of artifacts and dollars, memberships, attendance, as volunteers and, in many other ways, to join us on Sunday. for this very special occasion. “

When the Pioneer History Museum opened on Saturday, November 6, 1971, it was with great fanfare. Orchestras were playing, cooking pots were lit, and plow lines were symbolically cut to signify the mingling of the horse and buggy era with modern machinery.

“During the 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday, everyone will be invited to visit the museum and see and know how far the museum has come in 50 years. Mr. Famer would be delighted, ”Tatom said.

The farmers’ daughter, Julia Scruggs of Montgomery, agreed her father would be more than happy.

“So much work has been done to bring the Pioneer Museum of Alabama to where it is today,” said Scruggs. “And, so much work has been done up front to bring it to Opening Day 50 years ago.”

Scruggs said, in the early days of establishing a pioneering museum,

legal documents had to be created for the museum to be a non-profit organization; a board of directors had to be appointed, a place of exploitation had to be established and artefacts had to be located and brought. Together, it was a long two-year process.

When the Pike Pioneer Museum opened in November 1971, people from across the county and region came to celebrate a dream come true, not just Curren Farmer’s dream, but the dream of everyone who helped make it happen. .

“Unfortunately, so many agricultural artifacts have been lost to time and decay,” said Scruggs. “But there was great interest in a museum of ‘pioneer’ history. People have been generous in bringing artifacts to include in the museum. On that first day, many people came to see family heirlooms on display and were very proud to be a part of something as important and meaningful as a pioneer history museum. So many people had worked together to make this day a reality. It was truly a community effort.

Scruggs said his father, his “Pop,” had a deep love for farming, farming, which was instilled in him by his grandfather in Virginia, who was a big fan of prizes at the Virginia State Fair. .

“Pop, along with so many others, embraced this agricultural mystique and never gave up on it,” Scruggs said.

Like so many who shared his dream of a place where people could learn from the past.

The Pike Pioneer Museum 50 years ago has become the Pioneer Museum of Alabama and, according to Jeff Kervin, chairman of the museum’s board, is a tribute to all who believed in a dream and worked diligently to make it happen. of this dream a reality.

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama will honor five decades of commitment to preserving the Alabama pioneer way of life and so that others can learn from the past.


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