Lynchburg’s First Playground, Part I

Lynchburg’s First Playground, Part I

In a year filled with momentous events, 1914 witnessed World War I’s beginning, Babe Ruth’s first major league baseball game, the establishment of the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Reserve System, the first transcontinental telephone line in the United States, and the debut of red and green traffic lights. In the midst of these changes, Lynchburg jumped in on a new idea that was only beginning to gain traction in America: public recreation. With the launch of the Association of Playgrounds 

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Woody Edmondson & "Little Butch’s" Shared History

Woody Edmondson & "Little Butch’s" Shared History

Recently checking the Museum’s Twitter account, @LburgMuse, we noticed Smithsonian Air & Space Museum tweeted about Little Butch, a Monocoupe 110 Special that was donated to them in 1981. The Lynchburg Museum has a one-quarter scale model of Little Butch “flying” in the Lynchburg Life Gallery…you may be wondering why the Lynchburg Museum has a replica of an airplane belonging to the Smithsonian.

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Chase & Company's Victorian Carriage Robe

Chase & Company's Victorian Carriage Robe

It may be too soon to admit, but the hot weather and humidity have the museum staff thinking of cooler days. A recent donation to the Lynchburg Museum has inspired thoughts of horse-drawn sleighs, buggies, and carriages.

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Public Education for Lynchburg's African-Americans

Public Education for Lynchburg's African-Americans

In 1991, the Lynchburg Museum received a donation from Lynchburg City Schools consisting of turn of the twentieth century documents and photographs. Chosen from that collection, is a ledger book entitled Graduates Colored High School, Lynchburg 1905-1925. Listed, in perfect script, are the names of students in each year’s graduating class, class mottoes, and later job occupations, marriages, and/or deaths.

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*WORLD WAR II TRENCH "ART"IFACT*

*WORLD WAR II TRENCH "ART"IFACT*

The above ashtray belonged to Lynchburg resident John G. White, who served in Holland. What may actually look like a useful souvenir actually symbolizes two significant things: the genre of trench art in art history, which can be highly collectible, and even more so, the historical event to which the artifact is linked.

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