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Keepers of a rich heritage

On Sunday, the Lawrence County Museum launched its 30th season with its traditional opening reception.

Located in the former Gray home on South Sixth Street, the museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. on weekends, or by appointment, through December.

Lawrence County and the surrounding area are rich with history, from the days of the underground railroad, to the railroad and iron industries and beyond.

There are several notable people who have resided here, including Nannie Kelley Wright, the world’s first female ironmaster, Antoinette Peters, the ballerina who danced for Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II and World War I flying ace Bill Lambert.

The museum’s military room contains artifacts from the American Revolution up through the conflict in Vietnam.

Many of the rooms are made up to look like they would have appeared in the home’s Victorian days.

Visitors can learn more about all of these things at the museum, where its themed rooms and collections, assembled and maintained by volunteers from the Lawrence County Historical Society.

For three decades, these volunteers have worked hard to research and preserve what has come before and to teach others about our county’s heritage.

The museum has several events planned for this year, including the church walk in December, the historic walk at Woodland Cemetery in the fall and more.

We encourage everyone to visit the museum this season, take part in its events and delve into local history and explore the rich past our region has.