By: Matt Davis
The past year has been a time of transition and tremendous progress at the museum. As we head in the new year, it is an excellent time to reflect on what we have accomplished, and the exciting changes to come in 2023. Thus, I hope you will enjoy this issue of Assorted Regards.
The museum continued to move forward in many positive ways during the past year. We continued to welcome visitors to the museum from across the world, had several successful Front Porch Lectures, a live concert, acquired new artifacts, hosted exhibitions, and partnered with colleagues both within and outside of Georgia College to support their instruction. We continued our investigations of the farm’s collections to learn more about the site’s history and workers. We continued to engage our visitors in a hybrid format through a mix of streaming events on social media engagements, virtual programming, and events associated with Flannery O’Connor’s birthday.
Construction is currently underway on the new $3.4 million-dollar Interpretive Center. This facility will house exhibition and meeting spaces, research areas, collection storage, restrooms, staff offices, and our museum store. We hope to be in the new center by early spring 2023 and look forward to welcoming visitors to this new facility.
Finally, this year the museum was honored to be designated by the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark. Fewer than three percent of all historic sites are honored with this designation and this status provides validity to the national importance of the site. We are pleased to be the stewards of this property and will continue our efforts to interpret and restore the site in the coming year.
2022 has certainly been a year of transitions and 2023 will certainly be the same. We appreciate the support of all our friends, supporters, and stakeholders who have supported us, visited us, or came to one of our programs. Our mission is to educate the public about Andalusia, the life of Flannery O’Connor and her family, and to preserve this site and its historic resources. We appreciate the opportunity to be the stewards of this site and endeavor to fulfill our mission. We hope to see you in the new year at Andalusia and hope you all have a prosperous 2023!