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Friends of the Lexington County Museum Annual Fundraiser to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Oak Grove Schools

Lexington, SC – The Friends of the Lexington County Museum will host its annual fundraiser on January 23, 2016 from 6 pm to 10 pm at Lexington’s Town Hall, located at 111 Maiden Lane in downtown Lexington. 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the construction of the original one-room Oak Grove Schoolhouse that is now located on the grounds of the Lexington County Museum. To celebrate this anniversary, as well as celebrate 200 years of education in the Oak Grove community, the Friends fundraiser will feature a few speakers discussing the history of the Oak Grove schools. A small exhibit featuring artifacts and photographs relating to schools and students in the Oak Grove area will be on display as well.

Tickets to this fun event are $50 and can be purchased from the museum or at the door on the 23rd. Tickets include all you can eat and drink. A silent auction featuring great items from local businesses will be held as well. Frank Macaulay and the Great Society Band will provide music. Sponsorships ranging from $150 to $2500 are available and are tax-deductible. All funds raised go toward the museum’s educational programs, the restoration of the Senn Cabin at the museum, and the enhancement of other exhibits. For more information, call the museum at 803-359-8369 or visit the museum’s website at www.lex- co.sc.gov/museum.

Founded in 1970, the Lexington County Museum focuses on Lexington County’s history from the colonial period to the Civil War. It interprets everyday life in the county through historic structures and locally-made artifacts, including furniture, textiles, weapons, and pottery. The Friends have raised over $290,000 to support museum projects since the group’s beginning in 1997. Some of these projects include restoration of the Leaphart-Harman House, the Pigeon House, the Daniel Koon House, the Rockaway Carriage, John Fox House breezeways, and construction of exhibit cases for black-powder rifles and artifacts. Additionally, The Friends have contributed to maintenance of the Hazelius House on the museum’s campus.

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