Old Church Gallery Timeline: 1990s

1970s-1980s — 1990s — 2000s2010s2020s

1991

Moves to the present Gallery House with a “School Days” exhibit.

Records a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Floyd County Historical Society defining organization roles in creating and housing a Floyd County History Museum.

1993

Co-sponsors with WGFC Radio the first county tractor pull.

WDBJ 7 broadcasts live from the Old Church Gallery with a music performance by Floyd County’s “Over the Hill Gang.”

Oral History Program interviews begin (23+ interviews on farming, canning factories, shape note singing, instrument makers, early influence of women, and life for African Americans during segregation).

Mounts the “Kitchen Concoctions: Receipts [Recipes] from the Last Century” exhibit in conjunction with the Floyd County Historical Society. Also has an exhibit on “Floyd County Music Making.”

Antique John Deere tractor at the WGFC Tractor Pull
The first county tractor pull

1994

Hosts Archaeology Discovery Day [Dr. Cliff Boyd of Radford University and Norman D. Jefferson, a flintknapper from Cherokee National Forest Staff].

Along with the Floyd County Historical Society, presents three exhibits: “Simpsons, Turtle Rock, Vocal, and Nasturtium: Early History of the Floyd County Community Post Office” / “Deep Roots: Nineteenth Century Traditions: African-American Families in Floyd County” / “Run of the Mills: Grinding Grain, Weaving Wool, Sawing Wood – Milling Traditions in Floyd County.”

Exhibit on Floyd County mills featured a demonstration of grinding corn with antique machinery at the exhibit opening on Sunday, October 23.

1995

Expands development of the Oral History Program as elementary students interview older community members about memories of “radio days.”

Hosts a live broadcast on WGFC Radio with Gallery interviews on the early days of radio.

Mounts several exhibits. Three in conjunction with the Floyd County Historical Society: “Back to Bedrock: Archaeology and Prehistory of Floyd County,” “Watch the Birdie,” and “Floyd County Furniture Makers.” And one independently: “Turn Your Radio On: Radio Culture Comes to Floyd.”

1996

Develops “Arts Legacy Program” to celebrate the connections between the traditional and contemporary arts in Floyd County.

Hosts Heirloom and Antique Evaluation Day.

Presents two exhibits: “Floyd County Keepsakes: Heirlooms from Floyd Families” and “For Love of Country” in conjunction with the Floyd County Historical Society.

1999

Partners with the Jacksonville Center to research, create, and compile the Floyd County, Virginia Heritage book.

Partners with Radford University’s Sociology and Anthropology Department, guided by Dr. Melinda Wagner, to form “Floyd County Traditions,” collecting oral histories for the Buffalo Mountain Place-based Series.

Earl Moles with one of his many horses
Earl Moles, interviewed as part of the 1999 Buffalo Mountain, place-based oral history series.

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