PANAMA CITY – Two historic museums in Panama City joined forces to mark National Museum Day on Saturday.
The Bay County Historical Museum, 135 Harrison Ave. in downtown Panama City, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Panama City Publishing Co. Museum and Visitors Center, 134 Beck Ave. in St. Andrews, will celebrate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Go out and show your support by visiting participating restaurants and local bars who have graciously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to their neighborhood museum,” said Lisa Barnes-Tapscott, Executive Director of Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership, which oversees the Publishing Co. Museum. “Plus, each museum has special activities planned for the day, so before sharing a great plate of local flavors, stop by the museums, say hello and learn a bit about local history.”
Participating downtown restaurants are The Bagle Maker, History Class, Millies, The Press, The Place, and Craft Beer EmPOURium (formerly Corner Pocket). In St. Andrews, participating restaurants are The Taproom, Alice’s on Bayview, Hunt’s, Little Village, Enzo’s, The Shrimp Boat, The Copper Tap and Amavida.
And that’s not all: visit both museums on Saturdays to register for a chance to win a gift bag of goodies at each museum. Visitors can also make their own coaster on a vintage press at the Publishing Co. Museum.
Buddy West will be at the Publishing Co. Museum to demonstrate how the Heidelberg press works, while other printers will demonstrate Chandler and Price typefaces. There will be printing activities for children and adults.
Smithsonian Magazine’s 17th Annual Museum Day is a nationwide celebration of boundless curiosity. This event honors museums that follow the Smithsonian’s lead in preserving history for future generations.
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The Bay County History Museum recently installed a new exhibit celebrating Tom Green’s soapbox derby championship with a special exhibit that features images from his 1954 victory, numerous photographs and a racing car from 1950s soapbox. The venue is run by volunteers and members of the Historical Society of Bay County. Its current exhibits explore local history through photos, documents and numerous artefacts and relics. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Free entry.
The Publishing Co. Museum recently held a new exhibit dedicated to the friendship of Panama City’s founding father and newspaper publisher, George West, with Narcisco “Hawk” Massalina, as seen in West’s newspapers and his photographs. “George and Hawk, An Extraordinary Friendship” will be presented until October 2.
The exhibition includes photos, extracts from diaries, notes and newspaper articles. Panama City Publishing Co. Museum’s normal hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Carrabelle museums join the event
In honor of the day, the Carrabelle History Museum, Camp Gordon Johnston Museum and the Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House Museum will all have special activities and exhibits.
“This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return and resurgence of our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest way possible,” a spokesperson for the event said in an online post.
Entrance will be free. The museums will have security measures in place for this year’s event so that guests can enjoy their experience safely and comfortably.
“Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors – it acts as a stepping stone to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public,” said spokesperson Sherri Wesson. . “It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.
The Carrabelle History Museum, 106 SE Avenue B in Carrabelle, will feature live music by Florida folk musician Frank Lindamood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, along with food, fun activities and more.
The Carrabelle History Museum features local artefacts and exhibits including the Carrabelle Native Americans, the ‘Tarpon’ steamboat, the ‘World’s Smallest Police Station’, Carrabelle industry and culture (seafood, lumber , etc.) and families from the pioneer days to the present day. The museum is funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.
Learn more about the atomic bomb and its use in World War II from the current special exhibit: “The Atomic Bomb in World War II”, on display at Camp Gordon Johnston Museum, 1873 US 98 West in Carrabelle, up to ‘to September 25. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday through Saturday. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
This museum pays homage to servicemen and women, as well as civilian personnel who trained and worked in Carrabelle and Franklin counties from 1942 to 1946. It houses numerous exhibits of military artefacts, photos and memories of many types. The new Motor Pool building now displays the museum’s military vehicles on site, including a WWII DUKW, a German Lieferwagen, and a WWII Jeep. The museum is located directly across from Carrabelle Beach, where military troops raided D-Day Beach.
The history and science of the Crooked River Lighthouse is presented through interesting exhibits at the Lighthouse Keepers Museum, 1975 US 98 West in Carrabelle. Exhibits include a historical setting from the early 1900s, examples of various lighthouse beacons, methods of constructing a skeleton tower lighthouse, as well as the original Fresnel lens of the 1895 lighthouse in Paris, France. Also on display are the original watchman’s house clock, a barometer, an antique glass fire grenade, and more.
Plus, be sure to enjoy the Country Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT with local vendors featuring artisans and locally made goods and treats.