As 2021 approaches, Anniston Museums and Gardens looks back on 2020. It was undoubtedly an unprecedented year. Through the ups and downs, we remained faithful with our online programming and educational endeavors. Each month the Collections Department sought to virtually inform readers about the 90th anniversary of the Anniston Museum of Natural History’s collection by highlighting different exhibit halls, eras, and pieces of the collection!
January gave readers an introduction to the upcoming series, while February through April highlighted our three primary founders: William H. Werner, H. Severn Regar, and John B. Lagarde. The narrative continued to trace the museum’s history, from its conception in Norristown, Pennsylvania to its eventual arrival in downtown Anniston in late 1929. The museum moved between the Carnegie Library and the Calhoun County War Memorial Building before it eventually settled at its current location in 1976.
During August, Anniston Museums and Gardens posted a new video each week to interview those familiar with the museum and its key figures. Mrs. Georgia Calhoun, Curator Dan Spaulding, and City Manager Steven Folks were only a few of the faces featured. Each interview brought viewers new information about the museum collection’s long history. All articles and videos can be found on our YouTube channel, Anniston Museums and Gardens.
The Anniston Museum of Natural History had tons of fun celebrating the 90th anniversary of our collection with you! Reaching 90 years is impressive and it would not have been possible without the loyalty of our patrons and members. We hope to continue to provide educational content, new exhibits, and fresh programs for many more years to come!