The Museum on Main Street exhibit, a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution and Alabama Humanities Foundation, ends its run in Jasper today.
More than 1,300 people have visited the Bankhead House and Heritage Center since Journey Stories opened June 25. Another 300 have traveled to the satellite displays that local cities have hosted each Saturday throughout the summer.
Guests have come from every area of the county and several states as well.
“The response has been remarkable,” said Carol Savage, community initiatives director for the Walker Area Community Foundation.
Savage added that visitors have seemed particularly pleased with the Walker County component of the exhibit.
Three siblings who came to see Journey Stories together were surprised to find their father in one of the historical photographs that are on loan from Pat Morrison.
Some residents have also brought in their own artifacts to add to the Foundation’s collection.
“People have really taken pride in the local history represented here,” Savage said.
On Friday, several members of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s board of directors got their first glimpse of Journey Stories.
Nancy Sanford said she enjoyed Journey Stories because it celebrates average Americans as well as famous families such as the Bankheads.
“We all have a history, and everybody’s history is important. This exhibit pays tribute to that,” Sanford said.
Reginald Hamner, another AHF board member, said he is a fan of the Museum on Main Street program because it brings quality exhibits to small towns across the nation.
“The best part about it is the way each local community embraces it and what they do to make the exhibit appealing to their people. You couldn’t ask for a better venue than the Bankhead House in Jasper,” Hamner said.
Bob Stewart, executive director of AHF, commended the people of Jasper for making Journey Stories’ first stop in Alabama such a success.
“We are very pleased that Jasper has gotten the exhibit off to such a great start before it moves on to the next five towns,” Stewart said.
“Journey Stories” ends today with a walking tour of historic downtown Jasper.
Coffee and donuts will be served at First United Methodist Church beginning at 9 a.m. Paul Goodridge will be portraying William B. Bankhead and telling the history of the Bankhead family at 10 a.m.
Tour maps will be available at the Bankhead House and participating businesses and churches.