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Friends of the Lexington County Museum Annual Fundraiser to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Sherman’s Burning of Lexington

The Friends of the Lexington County Museum will host its annual fundraiser on January 24, 2015 from 6 pm to 10 pm at Lexington’s Town Hall, located at 111 Maiden Lane in downtown Lexington. 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Union Army’s visit to Lexington.

This event will allow attendees to commemorate that event and the changes and damages it caused. A small exhibit featuring artifacts relating to the Civil War 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 24th. Tickets include all you can eat and drink. A silent auction featuring great items from local businesses will be held as well. 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 restoration of the Corley House and Fox House at the museum and the enhancement of 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 $270,000 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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