Aug 03

Remembering and Commemorating the Alpha Art Club - Contributed by Ashley Gilbert

Posted on August 3, 2022 at 3:36 PM by Tamara Vaughan

In preparing for the 2024 Centennial Anniversary of the founding of the Alpha Art Club, the High Point Museum developed a summer internship to interview present members of the club. Intern Ashley Gilbert has given her expertise and enthusiasm to this project. Here, she reflects on learning about the Alpha Art Club and interviewing current members. The Hayden-Harman Foundation and the High Point Historical Society sponsored the internship. 

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Jul 08

Ice Cream Man Cometh – contributed by Stephan Rantz

Posted on July 8, 2022 at 9:31 AM by Tamara Vaughan

For as long as I can remember, ice cream has been a part of most celebrations, even if it were only to mark the occasion of a particularly sultry, summer day. Ice cream can make any day seem more festive, or at the very least, take one's mind away from the heat of one's troubles. The author Abbi Warman wrote, "Sometimes life is just what it is, and the best you can hope for is ice cream." The legacy of ice cream has so permeated our culture that no one cares about its innate conundrum whereby the hotter a day is, the more you want ice cream, but the faster it melts. To be sure, the ephemeral nature of ice cream is part of its allure. 

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Jun 22

High Point’s West End Pt. 1 – contributed by Marian Inabinett

Posted on June 22, 2022 at 12:59 PM by Tamara Vaughan

The ongoing efforts of the Southwest Renewal Foundation and the recent opening of the long-time Winston-Salem music venue, Ziggy's, have brought attention to High Point's "West End." This once-vibrant neighborhood centered around the Melrose Hosiery Mill was an alternate business district to the traditional Main Street downtown, featuring shops, cafes, grocery and drug stores, a movie theater, and a Post Office. Few people now remember these local businesses, patronized by hundreds of mill workers. Some are familiar with the nickname "Little Chicago," attributed to this area in the 1930s, and more of us are familiar with the empty storefronts, vacant lots, and reputation for crime in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2013, Kimberly Mozingo completed a project and exhibit at the High Point Museum on the West End for her UNC Greensboro graduate class. The exhibit on the rise and decline of the West End revealed the pride of the families who owned businesses there and a determination to restore the neighborhood's prosperity. Her research on the neighborhood's history created a permanent display at West End Ministries. In Part One of a two-part blog, we'll look at the development of the West End.

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