Sunday, April 26, 2015   
    Current Page: Home Page       Login     
Click Image To Enlarge

Welcome to the Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society Web Site!

Your connection to the past and the building blocks of our community’s future…

You’re invited…

To share the fascinating story of Martinsville and Henry County’s past; to help preserve our rich historical resources and become a part of a community of history lovers that is the Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society.

The Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that was formed in 1996 for the primary purpose of preserving and protecting the rich heritage and history of Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia.

The society is the common thread that binds Martinsville and Henry County’s past, present, and future.  Now in its 17th year, the Society has more than 160 members.

Opening Ceremony Video
Video of presentation

Fundraiser to Herald Reopening of Heritage Center & Museum

 

 

Country music DJ Toby Young, known for his “Aunt Eloise” on-air radio persona, will be at the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 for a fundraiser for the museum.  The program will begin at 11 a.m. with an interview of Young by historian and author, Tom Perry. Perry will touch on Young’s association with such music stars as Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift and others.

Following the program and continuing until 2 p.m., Young will sign his book, “The Possum that Crossed the Road,” which was co-authored with Perry.  Perry also will have copies of his books available, including his new photo book about Bassett.

There is no admission charge for the event but Mr. Young and Mr. Perry are donating proceeds from all book sales on Saturday to the Heritage Center & Museum.  

The program and book signing will be the first event for the reopening of the Heritage Center & Museum.  Next week, the Museum will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on Wednesday, April 22 for Historic Garden Week and from 2 pm to 5pm on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24. Following next week, the Museum’s regular hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 pm to 5 pm. Admission is free. The Heritage Center & Museum is located in the historic Henry County Courthouse at 1 East Main Street, Martinsville.

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society would like to thank our members and supporters for their support in making this reopening a reality 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Operation
 
Martinsville-Henry County
Heritage Center and Museum
1 East Main Street
Martinsville, VA
 

Hours of Operation

Wed., April 22 10 am to 6 pm

 Thurs., April 23  2 pm to 5 pm

  Fri., April 24   2 pm to 5 pm

 

 Beginning April 29, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - 2 pm to 5 pm

  
Admission is free.
 
For more information,

please contact us at mhchistoricalsociety@gmail.com

 

 
Upcoming Events
     

We Need Your Help

Now more than ever the Martinsville - Henry County Historical Society needs your help in raising critical operating funds needed to support the vision our community leaders are developing to merge our area traditions with new and exciting economic and tourism opportunities.  Join us in being the common thread that binds Martinsville and Henry County's past, present, and future by providing financial support today.  Your donation will enable good work to continue while also allowing the Society to prepare for future needs in a time of uncertainty.

Museum Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program

                 

The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum was selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP).  Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum to better serve the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County by facilitating its meeting and exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field.
 
The program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and throughout its 30 years has been administered by the American Association of Museums (AAM). As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums.  MAP is a self-motivated program; application to and participation in MAP are initiated by each local institution, and those accepted invest considerable human and institutional resources into the assessment.
 
“We are honored to be one of only 78 museums in the U.S. to be selected to participate in the MAP program for this cycle,” said Executive Director Debbie Hall. “This will enable us to achieve new growth according to the best practices and procedures in the industry and will bring us one step closer to joining the ranks of the nation’s finest museums who have achieved AAM accreditation.”
 
MAP is a confidential process of self-study, peer review and implementation.  Museums use the assessment process to strengthen operations, build capacity, and enhance communication throughout the organization and in response to community needs.  Participant museums choose one of three categories for its assessment: Collections Stewardship, Organizational, Community Engagement. The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum will take part in the Organizational assessment process. Small and mid-sized museums of all types, including art, history, science and technology, children’s, natural history, historic houses, nature centers, botanical gardens, and zoos participate in the program.
 
“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.”
 
Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served over 4,300 museums. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with IMLS. For more information, including a complete list of museums participating in MAP, please visit www.aam-us.org/map, call 202/289-9118 or e-mail map@aam-us.org.
 
AAM is the only organization representing the nation’s entire museum community and has been dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum field for over 100 years. For more information about AAM, visit www.aam-us.org. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov.
"On The Shoulders of Giants: Furniture, Textiles and Tobacco" Exhibit

                  

          

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society celebrates the area’s Industrial Heritage with a new exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: Furniture, Textiles and Tobacco.” The exhibit honors the contributions made to our community by area manufacturers and the skilled craftsmen they employed as well as the ingenuity, resilience and fortitude they all possessed. Among the industries on display are Bassett Furniture Industries, Bassett Mirror Company, Hooker Furniture Company, Stanley Furniture Company, American Furniture Company and Gravely Furniture Company, Martin Processing, DuPont, Pannill Knitting, Sale Knitting, Bassett-Walker Knitting, and Fieldcrest Mills. Please stop by and take a walk through our heritage.

Home Page  |  About Us  |  Courthouse Facility  |  Support  |  Education  |  Links  |  Events
Copyright 2011-2013 by The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society   |  Powered by FixnYourPC Web Services