From January 16-19, the Georgia Association of Museums held its annual conference in Athens. As part of that convention, the Mayor and Council of the City of Winterville were awarded the statewide 2024 Patron Award "for their commitment to supporting local cultural heritage initiatives; specifically, for reviving the Carter-Coile Country Doctors Museum, establishing the Winterville History Museum & Heritage Room, and fully funding both institutions." Accepting this honor were City Council members Bruce Johnson and Jonathan Mosley, accompanied by Winterville Cultural Heritage Director Jonathan Scott.
As a member of GAM, the City of Winterville's Carter-Coile Country Doctors Museum served on the conference's host committee and assisted in planning and executing the event which drew more than 200 museum professionals from institutions across the state. Nearly two dozen directors, curators, and educators visited Winterville for an in-depth look at our current and future museums spaces before taking a tour to appreciate the architecture found throughout the Winterville Historic District. In addition to this program, Cultural Heritage Director Jonathan Scott was invited to participate on a panel with other directors regarding his experience interpreting difficult historical topics in museum exhibitions.
Our thanks go out to the Georgia Association of Museums for their recognition of our work in growing our historic and heritage resources, and we can't wait to see what additional stories are told in both the Carter-Coile Country Doctors Museum and the forthcoming Winterville History Museum and Heritage Room (opening late 2024)!