PHOTO: Fredericksburg Area Museum (copy)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Fredericksburg Area Museum will be closed to the public until March 1 as it prepares and installs four new exhibitions for 2019.

These will include:

  • “People & Their Pets.” This light-hearted exhibit focuses on the history of pet ownership in Fredericksburg, from livestock, to the Dog Mart, to animal-oriented businesses. People & Their Pets will connect museum visitors to the history of everyone’s four-legged friends. It will be on the first floor.
  • “These Old Walls: A Town and Its Stories.” This display will give voice and life to the buildings, sites and objects of Fredericksburg, using a combination of then-and-now photography, objects, illustrations and primary sources. The exhibit will use the historic Town Hall as its point of departure and recurring touchstone. The emphasis will be on untold or rarely told stories that help visitors understand the breadth and diversity of the community as embodied in the town as it exists today. This exhibition will be on the second floor.
  • “My Fredericksburg Story: In Their Own Words.” Local minorities share their Fredericksburg experience in their own words. Featured stories include those of new comers and lifelong residents, old and young, men and women. This exhibit will be on the third floor.
  • “The People’s Gallery.” This new gallery space will be given each year to a local collector to showcase what they collect and why.

These exhibits will be revealed at FAM’s First Friday event from 5–8 p.m. March 1. Admission during the reveal will be free and open to the public. Members will have special access to the exhibitions prior to the public opening.

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Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407

cjett@freelancestar.com

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