The Thomas County Historical Society is proud to announce our participation in the Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. Military families will have access to both the Thomas County Museum of History and the Lapham-Patterson House.
This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.
Tours are available at the Museum of History Monday-Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Guided and Self-Guided tours available. Tours are available at the Lapham-Patterson House Friday afternoons from 1pm-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. To schedule a visit for a group of 10 or more to either the Museum of History or the Lapham-Patterson House please contact the Museum of History at 229-226-7664 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check our calendar for updates regarding holiday closings and programming.
The Thomas County Historical Society’s Fall Into History series concludes Sunday, November 5 at 3pm with a gallery talk by Randy Rhea about the artist John Houston Mifflin detailing his life, career, and Thomasville connections. In 1840, the itinerant Pennsylvania-born painter brought his skills to Thomasville where he painted portraits of several local plantation owners including Harriet and James Joseph Blackshear of Cedar Grove (Susina), Sophronia and Richard Mitchell of Fair Oaks, and Elisabeth and Thomas Bratton Winn of Winnstead. These six portraits, and what may be a portrait of the artist himself, are currently on display in the Museum.
John Houston Mifflin was a descendant of the influential Mifflin family that first arrived in the American colonies in 1676 with William Penn. Mifflin’s great-great uncle was a friend of George Washington, the first governor of Pennsylvania, and a signer of the US Constitution. Mifflin studied art in Philadelphia and traveled extensively in Europe. In 1835, long before Thomasville’s Resort Era brought vacationers south for the winter, Mifflin began wintering in South Carolina and Georgia, and painting portraits of wealthy southerners. In 1840, he traveled to Thomasville and painted portraits of at least four plantation couples. In this presentation, Rhea will share more about John Houston Mifflin, his travels, and his work.
As a part of our commemoration of the World War I Centennial and the ongoing programs of the Thomasville-Thomas County History Consortium, we are proud to join the Jack Hadley Black History Museum and Pebble Hill Plantation in offering free admission to veterans on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Free admission is offered both at the Lapham-Patterson House and the Museum of History. To take advantage of this offer, please present military identification or other documentation of service.