Uptown Greenwood

The Museum Receives State Honor

March 5, 2009

Greenwood, SC - The South Carolina Federation of Museums today presented an Award of Achievement to Greenwood’s The Museum at its annual symposium in Rock Hill.

The award was for the 2008 renovation to The Museum and the unveiling of the new interactive Main Street exhibit.

The award was presented by SCFM past president and awards chairman John Sherrer to Museum executive director Matt Edwards and Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams.

“Today, The Museum is truly humbled by receiving this prestigious award,” museum board president Shelley Gilchrist said. “It is a testament to the dedication of The Museum’s many community volunteers and supporters.”

The Museum in Greenwood recently received an Award of Achievement from the South Carolina Federation of Museums. From left are SCFM president Jill Koverman, The Museum director Matt Edwards, Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams, and SCFM past president and Awards Chairman John Sherrer.

Renovations were funded through a federal grant from Housing and Urban Development secured by U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, a portion of The Emerald Triangle project’s capital campaign, City of Greenwood hospitality tax funds and grants from the Self Family Foundation, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, The C.Y. Thomason Foundation, as well as money raised through local private contributions.

“The Museum used local exhibit fabricators who worked with us to make sure we stayed within budget,” Edwards said. “This decision has truly added to the value of The Museum to the Greenwood community.”

The project architect for the renovation was Joe Prothro, of DSP Architects.

The general contractor was W.E. Baker, of Whitmire. Exhibit design was provided by Zoma Communications of Mathews, N.C.

Much of the exhibit fabrication was provided by Dave Thompson, owner of Help Around the Home, along with other local vendors.

Since re-opening in September, more than 6,000 visitors have gone to The Museum.

This level of attendance for this five-month period nearly equals the total attendance for 2007.

The Museum has hosted visitors from Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, Colorado, Canada, Ireland, England and the Netherlands.

“This award represents another success story for Greenwood,” Adams said. “It is a demonstration to what this community can accomplish if we work together.”

This is the second major award received for renovations completed in Uptown Greenwood’s Emerald Triangle Cultural Arts District.

In February 2008, the Arts Council of Greenwood County received an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award from the S.C. Arts Commission for renovations to the Federal Building.

Established in 1971, the SCFM is a nonprofit professional membership organization that represents and acts in the interests of museums in South Carolina.

Members of SCFM strive to raise the standards of museum practice in the state. Institutions and professional museum staff are actively involved through SCFM in helping South Carolina’s museums grow and succeed.

For information, visit the Federation online at http://www.southcarolinamuseums.org.

For more information, contact uptown@cityofgreenwoodsc.com.

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