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.
We invite you save the date, Saturday, October 14, 2017 for Cheers to 65 Years!, a celebration of the Society’s sapphire anniversary. The celebration will be held on the grounds of the Thomas County Museum of History and tickets will go on-sale in September.
You will not want to miss the debut of the completed restoration of the 1916 American LaFrance Fire Engine, a silent auction, and your chance to explore the newly renovated Flowers-Roberts basement.
Support this Event:
If you would like to support this very special event, please complete and return this Sponsor Information Form to the Museum by August 31, 2017.
For more information, please visit the event website which will be updated as further plans unfold.
Secrets, Haunts, & Local Lore, Friday, October 27, 6pm-10pm
6pm: Poe Reading, free and open to the public
7pm-9pm: Tours available on the hour, advanced registration required, all ages welcome
7pm-10pm: Make History: Pumpkin Painting, $5 per pumpkin. Advanced registration required
The Bookshelf Pop-Up Shop
The Thomas County Historical Society is proud to honor the long-standing tradition of celebrating tricks, treats, and all things Halloween at the Lapham-Patterson House this fall. For decades, the annual reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” delighted generations of Thomasville residents. Jeff Lovett will provide a recitation of Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Raven, at 6pm on Friday October 27. Following the reading, Historical Society staff will provide hourly tours of the Lapham-Patterson House. Tours are available for $10 per adult and $5 per student ages 6-17. Those guests who would like to paint a pumpkin in the backyard as an added activity may do so for $5 each. Registration is required.
All tours are limited in size, so those interested in participating should make reservations early. The Bookshelf will host a “pop-up” shop at the Lapham-Patterson House featuring works by Edgar Allen Poe and other seasonal titles for readers of all ages.
This year, we are proud to add a new element to the Halloween fun! The public is invited to attend a free screening of House on Haunted Hill, a 1959 thriller starring Vincent Price written by Robb White, a Thomasville native. Wealthy eccentric Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) has a proposal for five guests at a possibly haunted mansion: Show up, survive a night filled with scares and receive $10,000 each. The film is appropriate for guests aged 12 and up. Limited concessions will be available for purchase at the event and donations will be accepted. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating in the backyard. A $5 cooler fee will be collected upon entry and guests are prohibited from bringing in glass bottles.