Once Collected, Always Cherished

Highlights from the George Greene and J. Kyle Spencer Collections
August 16, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Galleria Cases

  • Georgia from the Latest Authorities
    John Scoles
    Published in John Payne’s Universal Geography
    Spencer Map Collection given by J. Kyle Spencer at Columbus State University

  • Carte de visite of "Blind Tom"
    Museum purchase made possible by Daniel P. and Kathelen V. Amos, Julie and Mizell Alexander, Friends of the Museum, and Gift by Exchange of Jim and Marge Krum

  • Broadside advertising John Wilkes Booth’s theatrical performances in Columbus,
    Museum purchase made possible by Thornton F. Jordan and Thornwill Farm, Harris County, Ga.

  • Confederate officer’s sword belt plate
    produced by Louis Haiman, 1861-65. Museum purchase made possible by Sidney Halleck Yarbrough III, M.D. in memory of his great-grandfathers Walter Raleigh Vreeland, Private, CSA, and Henry Pleasant Yarbrough, Sharpshooter, CSA

The Columbus Museum recently acquired several items from the collection of the late Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene. An avid collector of local historical artifacts for decades, Greene served on the Museum’s History Committee and applied a keen eye to capturing the rich heritage of the Chattahoochee Valley. Chief among these is an extensive archive related to the musician “Blind Tom” Wiggins, as well as several items related to the Civil War in Columbus. The Museum is proud to unveil these 50 pieces as new and cherished additions to our collection.

The exhibition also features maps from the J. Kyle Spencer Map Collection at the Columbus State University Archives. Spencer collected maps documenting the emergence and evolution of the American colonies, specifically Georgia, for more than 30 years. The history of European settlement, American Indian communities and their forced removal, and the growth of Georgia counties can be traced through these unusual and colorful maps.

This exhibition celebrates the legacy of two local collectors and their collections, which can now be cherished and enjoyed by the Chattahoochee Valley for years to come.
This exhibition is generously underwritten by 

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