Landscapes and Lifeways: The Carolina Piedmont 600 Years Ago and Today

Landscapes and Lifeways: The Carolina Piedmont 600 Years Ago and Today Photo Permanent Exhibit

The Landscapes and Lifeways exhibit compares our contemporary Piedmont landscape with the Piedmont of 600 years ago. Two new dioramas show Carolina Piedmont landscapes and wildlife in the 1400s, before European exploration and settlement. View animals that once lived in the Piedmont (bison, cougar, elk and wolves) alongside species seen here today (deer, vultures, quail and heron). Discover how native peoples relied on the natural resources of the Carolina Piedmont – the river, trees, land, plants and wildlife – for their survival, and how they changed the landscape to support their ways of life.


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home Photo June 3, 2017 – September 16, 2017
Springs Gallery and Auditorium

Two beloved American icons come to life in a hands-on learning experience for families! Created by Betty Brin Children’s Museum in collaboration with the US Forest Service, this interactive nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun activities that highlight ways that kids and families can discover, enjoy and help protect our natural world. This green-built exhibit encourages children and families to be active explorers and thoughtful stewards of the Earth, our home sweet home.

Richly detailed and dimensional, Home Sweet Home creates forest, mountain, stream and home settings, each with activities that engage and challenge kid’s minds and bodies. The exhibit features safe, simple and practical ways that families can practice sustainability, recycling and protecting the natural resources we rely on - our land, water and air.

Imaginations can “go wild” in Home Sweet Home! Enjoy outdoor adventures like fishing in a stream and hiking in the forest - row a boat, crawl through a hollow log, climb a rock wall, and camp out under the stars. Join Woodsy Owl in his hollow tree home and put on a play with animal costumes and puppets. Be a park ranger like Smokey Bear - don the uniform, two-way radio, binoculars and map to explore the wilderness, lookout for wildfires, and make sure everyone knows how to “leave no trace” in Nature. Over the river and through the woods, back to the city you go...to practice at home the ways Smokey and Woodsy showed you that help protect Nature. Try your skills at saving energy and water in a little home, plant a garden and a tree, have a backyard picnic and discover the wildlife living in your own backyard.


Tot Town

Tot Town Photo Designed especially for creative play among young children (under 6) and their families, this gallery at the Museum of York County is inspired by the artwork of Vernon Grant. Located beside the Vernon Grant Art Gallery, Tot Town features many of Grant’s delightful nursery rhyme illustrations along with their traditional verses. Families are invited to explore the whimsical settings and enjoy fun activities that engage young minds and bodies. Have a tea party, dress up like a butterfly, put on a puppet show or share a book in the cloud nook. Playing is the real work of childhood – and helps children build brain, brawn and buddy power!


River Discoveries

River Discoveries Photo May 13, 2017 – December 2017
Nature Nook Gallery

This exhibit highlights the nature photography of Bill Stokes, a local conservation advocate, naturalist, and kayaking enthusiast that spends many hours paddling on the Catawba River. Featuring photographs taken during his year-round paddling adventures, viewers will appreciate Stokes’ unique perspective as he captures the seasonal nuances and play of light, sky, water, and wildlife. Complementing the photography are a selection of taxidermy mounts of water fowl, models and specimens common to waterways in the Carolina Piedmont, some of which are also pictured in Stoke’s photographs.

Also on display will be a curious array of objects Stokes “collects” along the river. On a whim, Stokes began picking up balls that he found floating on the river, thinking he could donate them to kids and schools as well to help clean up the waterways. Thousands of balls later, Stokes’ whim turned into a quirky hobby as he collected all manner of toys, balls, and recreational odds and ends. His collection has become an interesting way to build community awareness and encourage efforts to protect the river and our natural resources.


Vernon Grant’s Work and Play in the Great Outdoors

Vernon Grant’s Work and Play in the Great Outdoors  Photo April 8, 2017 – October 22, 2017
Vernon Grant Gallery

One of Vernon Grant’s greatest talents was capturing moments in time. His artwork celebrated family, friends and the shared experiences that enrich our lives. He created moments in hopes of sparking a smile or inspiring a gesture of love, kindness or goodwill.

This exhibition highlights many moments of work and play that people enjoy outdoors. Grant commonly portrayed these simple, endearing and humorous scenes from everyday American life. His distinctive style proved widely popular, inviting young and old alike to appreciate the special moments in their lives. During his career as a commercial artist from the 1930s to 1970s, Grant created hundreds of illustrations for magazines and publications circulated to millions nationwide. These original and published artworks are reminiscent of the times he lived, offering a nostalgic glimpse at America’s pastimes.

Discover how Vernon Grant captured moments of work and play that are delightfully akin to ones we still enjoy outdoors today. The timeless charm of his illustrations is an enduring tribute to the artist’s talent, originality and creativity.