The Bulloch County Historical Society will unveil its first museum-type display in the lobby of City Hall with a public reception from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
An approximately life-size cutout photograph of iconic “Statesboro Blues” musician Willie McTell has been attracting attention there for some time. Two historic early-20th century photos of Main Street scenes and one of the historic Jaeckel Hotel – which now, of course, is City Hall – are also part of the exhibit. A display case of artifacts has now been added.
“It’s a high-traffic area with a lot of people moving in and out of that lobby for all sorts of business, and we’re thrilled that we’re going to be able to have a permanent presence there to talk about the history of Statesboro, about the Jaeckel Hotel and key people in the history of this city,” Historical Society President Brent Tharp, Ph.D., told members during their monthly meeting Monday.
Tharp is also director of the Georgia Southern University Museum, which provides rotating displays on local and regional history at the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau welcome center on South Main Street. But the City Hall display is the first of its kind for the Historical Society itself.
The organization has coordinated the additions to City Hall with the city government, which has done some sprucing up of the lobby over the past year, including lighting to highlight the displays.
“This is Phase One of a series of things that we have planned for that space, and we have a fantastic reception and we hope to see you all there,” Tharp said.