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Officials looking for local artifacts

She doesn't really care about the skeletons in your closet, but she does want to know what's in your attic.

McDuffie Museum Director Jenny Lindsey will hold a collection week at the museum, titled "What's in Your Attic?" Tuesday, May 12, through Saturday, May 16. The event is in preparation of a permanent, yet progressive, McDuffie County history exhibit that Ms. Lindsey is working on.

"If anyone has items that they want to donate or put on loan, this is the best time to bring them in and let me decide if it will fit into our McDuffie County history exhibit," she said.

Because storage space at the museum is limited, Ms. Lindsey only is able to accept items that will be showcased in the exhibit and that are significant to McDuffie County's history. Several items already have been donated, and she is verifying the facts and documenting their place on the county's timeline. Artifacts also will be displayed on the museum's Facebook page, according to Ms. Lindsey.

Artifacts may be donated to the museum, or loaned temporarily. Ms. Lindsey said those who want to donate an item and use it as a tax write-off, must first get the item appraised by a certified appraiser and bring in the paperwork.

Ms. Lindsey plans to have the permanent McDuffie County History exhibit in place two weeks after the current exhibit, "Windows of Heaven," is gone June 5. "Windows of Heaven" features religious paintings and pieces from the 16th-20th century from the collection of Daniel R. Bibb and the New Orleans Museum of Art. The exhibit has been at the McDuffie Museum since March 1.

To go along with the exhibit, the museum is sponsoring an art contest for children in the second, third and fourth grades to design their own Russian Icon. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place winners, and their works will be displayed at the museum.

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.

Web posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009

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