The Foyer The paintings and sculptures in the foyer are from the museum's permanent collection. Other paintings from our permanent collection are also on display in our galleries when there is no featured exhibit on view.
Moretti Sculptures from "The Marble City" Sylacauga is known as "The Marble City", because its marble is the hardest and whitest in the world. That is why Giuseppe Moretti, a famous Italian sculptor, chose Sylacauga marble for his sculptures. In the display case, you will see samples of his work, along with the work of his student, and talented assistant, Geneva Mercer, and contemporary sculptors, Frank Fleming and Craigger Browne. One-of-a-kind Moretti sculptures are in the lobby. Gallery 5 on the second floor houses an information exhibit of the geological history and chemical composition of Sylacauga's marble(calcium carbonate).
Native Sons Gallery Jim Nabors is a native of Sylacauga. A 1947 graduate of Sylacauga High School, he was featured in many musical programs in the high school's Glee Club, thus beginning his very successful singing career. Gallery I on the main floor hosts a collection of memorabilia of Jim Nabors including: photographs, caricatures, news clippings, albums, costumes, trophies and awards, spanning the entertainer's career from high school to theater and television. Also featured in our Native Sons Gallery is Lieutenant General James W. Crysel of the United States Army and William Flynt Nichols, Congressman for Alabama. Both men are graduates of Sylacauga High School. The displays offer many awards and distinguished honors they received through their years of service and dedication to their country.
History Through Photography Gallery 4 of the museum hosts World War II Memorabilia and old photographs of Sylacaugans and scenes from Sylacauga's past. Bound volumes of old local newspapers, dating back to 1948, are available for visitors.
Archeology and Geology
Indian artifacts and other interesting archeological finds are on display, many of which were unearthed in archeological digs in Talladega County.
A replica of the Hodges meteorite is on display, along with written documentation of the incident of 1954 when a meteorite struck Sylacaugan, Mrs. Ann Hodges. At the time, this was the only recorded incidence of its kind.
Lower Level Hosts Pioneer Home
A simulated log cabin, tools from pioneer days, old store ledgers, antique glassware, late 1800 dresses, and a doll house built and completely furnished by Dr. Adams, are housed in the multifunctional lower level of the museum. Civil War Memorabilia, including a Confederate Uniform, old photographs, and items from Sylacauga's past can also be viewed on this level. The outermost portion of the room is reserved for art classes and meetings. For more information on our classes at the museum, check the Art Classes page.
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