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Final week for Smithsonian exhibit at museum

Next week is the last week to visit the "Key Ingredients: America by Food" exhibit at the McDuffie Museum. The local museum is one of only 12 sites in the state to host the exhibit, which is a Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit, and created by the Georgia Humanities Council. Key Ingredients will be in Thomson until Sunday, Feb. 22, and then it will go to Dahlonega, Ga.

The museum then will be closed for one week as the next exhibit is set up. "Windows of Heaven: Russian Icons from the Collection of Daniel R. Bibb and the New Orleans Museum of Art" features religious paintings and pieces from the 16th-20th century that hung in cathedrals and homes, according to McDuffie Museum Director Jenny Lindsey.

Ms. Lindsey said she saw the exhibit at the Washington Historical Museum where the director said it "drew a lot of people."

"It really is like a religious experience for them," Ms. Lindsey said. "I have been to (Mr. Bibb's) apartment in Atlanta to select the pieces, and we are going to bring some that have never been exhibited before in museums.... They are spectacular."

A slide show of the exhibit can be viewed on "Windows of Heaven" will open locally on Sunday, March 1, and will be shown for three months.

And that will be enough time for Ms. Lindsey to work on a permanent exhibit of the history of McDuffie County for the museum.

"I know some people are chomping at the bit to see an exhibit of local history, and it is coming," Ms. Lindsey said. "This is just going to bide us time until we can get that up, but I am working on it."

The local curator said she is looking for artifacts to either put in the exhibit, or to put online. Anyone that has something about McDuffie history can call her, and she said she will go look and see if it is useable.

"Also, I welcome anyone who can help with historical information and research," she said.

Because her job is only part-time, Ms. Lindsey said she also needs volunteers and additional board members. Currently, there are 15 members on the board of directors, but 20 are needed. Nominations will have to be approved by the Executive Board.

Located on Main Street in downtown Thomson, the museum's phone number is 706-595-9923, or toll-free, 877-595-9923. Admission is free and parking is in the rear of the building. Hours are from noon until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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