PINE MOUNTAIN – At the 2022 Georgia Association of Museums (GAM) Annual Conference in Thomasville, Pine Mountain’s Chipley Historical Center (CHC) was honored.

GAM President Ephraim Rotter and Awards Committee Co-Chairs Melissa Swindell and Karin Dalton presented the honorable mention, or runner-up, award for “$1,000 to $25,000,” which refers to at the average cost of an exhibition. Vice President and Curator of the Chipley Historical Center, Cindy Bowden, received the plaque, which reads: “In recognition of excellence in the planning, implementation and promotion of this captivating, multi-faceted exhibit “.

“We are very pleased to present this award to a very deserving recipient,” said Rotter. “Our members represent a good cross section of museums and cultural organizations in Georgian communities large and small. We are pleased to honor institutions, staff, volunteers, patrons, exhibitions and special projects that have excelled in providing inspiring programs and leadership.

“Out of 400 museums across Georgia, we’re very proud to have been recognized,” Bowden said. “As the historic center of Chipley has been closed for some time due to the pandemic and the construction of the new addition, we have submitted our application for the whole museum rather than just one exhibit. We were very happy to learn that we had won an honorable mention.

CHC Vice President and Curator Cindy Bowden attended the event with her husband Tom, who is also an active member of the Centre.

The theme for this year’s conference was “The Next Normal”. In addition to the awards luncheon, attendees participated in a variety of sessions and workshops ranging from developing educational programs to designing eye-catching exhibits and visiting vendors whose products and services target the domain. The highlight of the week was the annual GAM Awards Luncheon.

Current program

The public is invited to the Center for the exhibition entitled “Horace King, a man ahead of his time”. This exhibition, which explores the life of a remarkable man, his achievements and his family, will be open to the public until May 27, 2022. Admission is free, but donations to the Center are always welcome. This exhibit was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Chipley Historical Center. The exhibit features information and images, which are on loan from the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Troup County Archives, Columbus State University, and the Columbus Museum.

To learn more about the CHC, visit, call (706) 663-4044, or email [email protected] The Center is located at 146 McDougald Ave, Pine Mountain, GA 31822.


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