Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Introducing the Summer Virtual Series!

This summer, Levine Museum of the New South is undergoing a facelift! That's right: a renovation is about to be underway and we here at the Museum are incredibly excited. We hope that you are, too.

Before you get too excited, though, it should be said that Levine Museum is not going to become an entirely new building. In other words, it's not as if the present two-story building will become a twenty-story behemoth. Presently, the Museum is lined with a series of window-boxes along both College and East Seventh streets. Each window-box houses an image taken from a different time period in New Southern history. There are twelve photos in total, each taken between the late 1800s to modern times. While it may seem like these photographs have very little in common, all are united in their principal subject—the New South.

These twelve images will be removed over the next few weeks in preparation for our upcoming renovation. Originally, the Museum had planned to remove these pictures immediately before the renovation began, but this did not sit well with us. The thought of tearing down such significant photographs all at once, without any sort of celebration or commemoration, seemed unfair.

Thus was born the Virtual Series, designed to celebrate the images that have been featured on our building for years. Through these blog posts, we will document this important part of our Museum’s past.

The virtual series will tell the untold story of each of these twelve iconic photographs, discussing not only the individuals in the frame, but also the context surrounding them. In doing so, we would like to engage the community, reminding them of their collective past as New Southerners. We hope to connect these images to the day-to-day lives of not only people in the South, but also visitors from other parts of the nation.

We hope these photographs form a bridge between the past and the present, connecting the then and the now. We invite you to take part in this Virtual Series and hope that you gain as much from it as we did in creating it.

Enjoy!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to post them here!

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