Director’s Letter Welcome

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The months of March through May are a time of transition as we move from winter—thankfully mild most of the time in Columbus—to our region’s spectacular spring. During this time at The Columbus Museum, we will celebrate both aspects, through David Kimball Anderson: Snow Pictures an exhibition opening in March that looks at the contemplative beauty and complexity of snow, and through the return of our April celebration of art and regional food, Farm to Table(aux).

The new year started on a great note for The Columbus Museum with the completion of the new roof over collections storage and the return of objects in the collection that were stored offsite during installation. Our colleagues at the National Infantry Museum reached out to us last fall to extend the generous offer of making storage space available to us, and collections staff at the NIM went out of their way to help us during the move and return of objects.  We are very grateful to our important cultural partner, the National Infantry Museum and to its talented staff.

The exciting plan now underway to build a Columbus campus of Mercer University Medical School is only the latest development in the region’s long and interesting history of medicine.  The exhibition The Doctor Is In presents the story of healthcare in our region beginning in the nineteenth century, a time when hospitals everywhere were associated as much with infectious diseases as with cures, to the story of how Warm Springs became a polio treatment center under the aegis of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to healthcare in Columbus today.

In April, the Rothschild Distinguished Speaker Series presents “World War II through the Eyes of John Craig and Norman Rothschild.” Assistant Professor Dan Crosswell, Colonel Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History at Columbus State University, will focus on these Chattahoochee Valley artists’ participation in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War in conjunction with the exhibition, Views from the Pacific Front.

I hope you will make plans to join us for this Farm to Table(aux) on April 6. Farm to Table(aux) is a fabulous evening of fine farm-to-table dining, living tableaux inspired by treasures from our collection, and the popular 10 x 10 Art for Education Gallery. This fun and unique event benefits the Museum and is a wonderful way to get in the spirit of springtime!




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