Over and over, we hear visitors say things like "I never knew all of this was here." or "I can't believe I didn't come sooner." The Union County Heritage Museum has an extensive collection of exhibits that walk you through the history of our fine communities. Below is a list of just some of what you can find.
The Art of Tamari
unique art form, Temari Balls, reflect great design, precision and handcrafted workmanship. Peggy Russell of Myrtle has created a variety of Temari Balls, which will be on exhibit at the Museum through December.
Top It Off
Hat! Hat! Hats! See the New Albany Fire Chief’s helmet from the 1960s, see a banker’s, hat, a farmer’s hat. See hats made by women in the Union County Homemaker Extension Clubs, See hats worn by the well known and the obscure.
From Housecalls to Hospitals
Union County Midwives circa 1940s, See the story of Healthcare in Union County. See the exhibit of a circa 1920 physician's office of Dr. Thomas Jefferson Pennebaker. The simplicity of the office where he saw patients and mixed his own medications shows just how far the medical establishment has gone from less than 100 years ago.
Stone Tools from the Past
See stone tools from Union County’s past going back as far as approximately 10,000 years. Paleo tools with fluted points, a wide selectioni of Archaic points as well as Woodland, Mississippian and Historic. The collection of the late James Humphreys has a vast variety of types of points and other stone tools and adornments.
Fields of Dreams: Baseball in Union County- July 27-September 30, 2006
From the cornfields of 1897 to the modern Sportsplex of the 21st centruy, experience the history of the All American game of baseball in the small towns of Union County and North Mississipip to the Major Leages. Photos, objects and moments to remember are part of this exhibit in the west gallery.
The Craft of Furniture
Morris Futoriancame to Union County to plant the seed for his furniture building industry in the late 1940s. What grew from this seed – this one factory who pioneered the assembly line method in furniture manufacturing, was an industry that occupied an entire region of north Mississippi Come hear the story, see the objects and art associated with this remarkable story.
The Land, The Resources, The People – A Timeline of Union County
This is a permanent interpretive exhibit at the Museum. Sixty-five million year old fossils start the timeline in the Late Cretaceous Period in what became Union County. Moving through time and the exhibit, visitors can see remains of the mega fauna of the Pleistocene Period such as mastodon, wooly mammoth, saber tooth tiger and short-faced bear.
The timeline continues with the story ofthe Ingomar Mound Complex, which includes one of the largest platform mounds of the Middle Woodland Period in the southeastern United States. Archaeologists from The Smithsonian Institute excavated it in the late 1800s. Objects from this Smithsonian excavation and later excavations are on exhibit with interpretive maps and photos.
The coming of the Historic Period was brought by Hernando de Soto. His encounter with the Chickasaw Indians and subsequent battle is recorded in an exhibit. Also learn about the wild pig and the Chickasaw’s contribution to history of barbeque!
Chickasaw Indians sign the Treaty of Pontotoc that ceded six million acres to the US Government and herald an end to their occupation of "the homeland" and this exhibit interprets the Chickasaw removal to Oklahoma. The influx of the European culture, the settlement of New Albany and the Growth of Agriculture along the Tallahatchie River can be viewed through objects, photos and interpretive text.
The Civil War brought the burning of New Albany as it was involved in the Vicksburg Campaign. Life on the Home Front is detailed in objects and stories. Letters, objects and memories relate this difficult time.
Union County was formed in 1870 as a Reconstruction County. With this exhibit history shifts gears and the Great Train Track Race to New Albany by Col. W.C. Falkner brought prosperity. William Falkner was born on Jefferson Street in 1897 (and later puts the "u" in his name). Faulkner’s journey From New Albany to Yoknapatawpha is detailed in the exhibit, as well as his writing. A slide show presentation shows the many facets of this complicated man as well as his use of the culture of the area. Heritage of the Hunt introduces the viewer to the culture of hunting and fishing in this area and serves as a segue into the story of The Playboy Hunter- Paul Rainey who made a profound impact in the business and social climate of Union and Tippah Counties.
Multi-Millionaire Paul Rainey chose to live and hunt in the Union County area. His home, Tippah Lodge, was visited by many of the rich and famous in the early 20th century. He owned Tippah Kennels where he had dogs trained to hunt lions in Africa. He lived in lavishly and died rather mysteriously. He left a legacy of objects and stories.
Twentieth Century Conflicts
This exhibit tells the stories of Union Countians as they travel throughout the world in the fight for freedom. Their stories, their moments of glory and sadness and their objects all are part of the time line of life in Union County.
The Virgin Timber exhibit
An exploration of how the people used timber of the Tallahatchie bottom in their daily lives and focuses on its later use in industry.
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