The Gala will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6:30 until 10 p.m. The street address of the Witherspoon Building is 116 East Main Street in Laurens.
The prices for admission to the event are as follows: for members of the Museum Association - $25 for a single and $40 per couple, for non-members - $35 for a single and $50 per couple. Persons attending the event will not receive a ticket as the Museum Association will maintain a list of those who have paid for admission.
The 2017 Gala comes at a particularly important time for the Laurens County Museum Association as the organization continues to raise funds for the total renovation of the Witherspoon Building. The Association has also purchased the adjacent building on the Square that formerly housed the Laurens Furniture Company. The Museum Association is working with a developer for the location of a business in a portion of that new acquisition.
The intent of the “Simply Revolutionary” theme is to recognize and publicize the many important events of the American Revolutionary War that occurred in Laurens County. In addition to many artifacts and items associated with the history of Laurens County, the Laurens County Museum houses Native American artifact collections of national importance.
Upon completion, the Witherspoon Building will feature research facilities that will allow scholars of Native American studies to come to Laurens County to review the Museum’s formidable and important artifact collections.
The Witherspoon Building is named in honor of Mr. J. Don Witherspoon, a Texas resident whose family once lived in Laurens County. To date, Mr. Witherspoon has contributed a total of $284,000 to the Laurens County Museum. The Museum Association has utilized those funds for the purchase of the headquarters building and to install heating and cooling systems for the building. Other funds gifted by Mr. Witherspoon are included in the Museum Association’s Capital Campaign for the continuing improvement to the building.
“The Laurens County Museum Association is particularly grateful to Mr. Don Witherspoon for his very generous support of a new county museum in a state-of-the-art facility that will house and reflect the very rich history of Laurens County,” said Museum Association President Robby Bell. “We are also looking forward to the Museum’s 2017 Appreciation Gala on April 21 where we can recognize all our supporters who are making this effort possible.”