The Horry County Museum will make the most of its new, larger space in 2014 as it welcomes historians, musicians and authors to explain Horry County’s history during Saturday sessions in the 400-seat McCown Auditorium.
The 90-plus-year-old McCown Auditorium was restored along with the Burroughs School in 2013 as part of the museum’s expansion from the old museum to its new location at 805 Main Street.
“Now that we have renovated that, it is our goal and motivation to host more dynamic programs and events in there,” said Walter Hill, museum director. “This gives us a chance to provide a much greater and more diverse service to the public of Horry County.”
The programs will be designed, Hill said, to be “museum mission driven,” which means they will aim to “preserve, protect and educate the public about the history, pre-history and natural history of Horry County,” Hill said.
The 2014 programs will be provided free of charge thanks to a $10,000 grant from the AVX Foundation.
Hill said the first presentation is slated for Jan. 11 and will be given by Ted Gragg, who will talk about the CSS Pee Dee, a Confederate gun boat that was prominent in the region. He said other presentations, which have yet to be scheduled, include traditional Gullah, bluegrass and gospel music, as well as ones where wildlife and game biologists will come in and talk about the natural habitat in the county’s history like black bears and snakes.
“We designed it so that the public that comes through here will be sort of getting an in-depth look at what our exhibits reflect,” Hill said.
He said the 2014 schedule will be released on the museum’s website at www.horrycountymuseum.org.
The museum is building the program so it does not conflict with events throughout the year in Conway, Myrtle Beach, Loris and Aynor. He said if patrons have an idea of what kind of presentations they would like to see in the future, they should contact the museum at 915-5320.