January 21, 2011

Who is that guy on the pedestal in front of the municipal building?

Find out more about Danville’s Harry Wooding who, until recently, held the record for having the longest continuous term as mayor in the United States (43 years) during the late 19thand early 20th centuries.

But he was much more than that. From a young man yearning to join the fray of the Civil War to an endless promoter of Danville in the first decades of “modern times”, Wooding was a central figure in the growth of Danville.

Share in a glimpse of Harry Wooding through the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History’s exhibition of its Wooding Collection, which contains photographs, letters, newspaper articles, memorabilia, and portraits pertaining to Harry Wooding's life. See everyday items such as his walking stick and pipe stand. See his Masonic Fez, sword, and honorary awards. There are his autobiographies written in his own hand and awards bestowed on him over the years.

And then there are insights about his family and family dynamics, from portraits of family members to a scathing “dear cousin” letter written by a woman scorned…

All opening receptions at the Museum are open and free to the public.

All exhibits are sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Foundation for the Arts.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 5 pm. There is a small admission fee. For more information call 434.793.5644 or visit our website at www.danvillemuseum.org