LYNCHBURG MUSEUM TO FEATURE THE GLASS FAMILY AND THEIR MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CITY ON FIRST FRIDAY AND NEW ART ON DISPLAY
As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will be open free of charge on Friday, October 5 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Museum is on the free Trolley that loops between participating attractions.
Robert Henry Glass, Sr., was the editor of one of Lynchburg’s earliest newspapers: The Lynchburg Republican, and later, The News and The Daily Advance. Of his seven children, three enriched the lives of many. Dr. Edward Christian Glass began his teaching career in Lynchburg’s public school system when it was established in 1871. He was superintendent from 1879 until 1931. Lynchburg High School was renamed E. C. Glass High School in his honor and a new E. C. Glass High School was built on Park Avenue in 1911. The present E. C. Glass High School opened in 1953.
Senator Carter Glass followed his father in the newspaper business, served as clerk of Lynchburg City Council, and was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 1899. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1902, he co-authored the Federal Reserve Act, was appointed Secretary of the U.S. Treasury in 1918, and served in the United States Senate from 1920 until his death in 1946. In 1933, he was co-sponsor of the Glass-Steagall Act which reformed banking laws in response to the 1929 stock market crash.
Dr. Meta Glass received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, held eight honorary doctorates, and served as President of Sweet Briar College from 1925-1946. She also served as President of the American Association of University Women and the American Association of Colleges. Artifacts and photographs from these prominent Lynchburg citizens will be on display for First Friday, October 5.
Five new paintings have just been placed on display in the Art and Artisans gallery: Lynchburg Cityscape, by Bethea Owen and Westover Hall, Elks Lodge, 9th Street, and Hotel Carroll, by Helen Easter.
Continuing until November 18, visitors to the Museum will also see An American Turning Point: Surviving War, an exhibition from the Virginia Historical Society which illuminates the Civil War experiences of Virginians. The exhibit contains many audiovisual programs and interactive media. On January 12, 2013 the second phase of this exhibit opens with An American Turning Point: Waging War, which ends May 5, 2013.