County museum ready to take you back to school

Published 3:19pm Sunday, June 30, 2013

It may be too early for anyone to think about going back to school, but the Elmore County Museum is ready to take attendees back to school — before the 1950s.
The museum lobby will feature articles used or worn by students while attending Elmore County schools during the prior to 1950.
Articles like school sweaters, jackets, footballs, baseballs, knickers, cheerleader outfits, school banners and other items will be on display.
Items can be donated to the museum or put on loan.
To learn more about the exhibit, contact Kathleen Holt at 567-6688.
The Elmore County Historical Society will also host its 10th Annual Peaches and Cream summer social at 2:30 p.m. July 14 at the Elmore County Museum.
The 2012 Peach Queen, Kathleen Holt, will relinquish her crown to the newly selected queen.
The gourmet taste of summer includes Chilton County peaches, ice cream, peach cake and other peachy refreshments.
The museum is also now owner and caretaker of the Florence Golson Bateman portrait.
Bateman lived in Wetumpka from 1936 until her death in 1987.
She partially lost her eyesight at age 9 and was deemed legally blind by age 15, but that did not deter her from teaching music.
During the annual Tour of Homes in May, a reception and unveiling of her portrait, which was painted by local artist Scott Fitzpatrick, was held in her former home on Government Street.
Later in May, Montgomery’s renowned historian Mary Ann Neely was the society’s guest during its monthly meeting.
She revealed to the society that she has roots in Elmore County. Her great-great-great grandfather, Dr. John Graham Graham, was the first lessee of the Alabama State Penitentiary.
Her great-great uncle, Edward S. Ready, was a merchant in Wetumpka around 1850 and was also probate judge. At the outbreak of the Civil War, it was Capt. Ready who organized the Wetumpka Militia.

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