Your Affectionate Mother

This exhibit featured letters written from 1854-56 between Margaret Graham Kerr (Glass) Scott and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Glass. Lizzie was a boarding student at “The Burwell Academy for Young Ladies” in Hillsborough, NC, from 1854-56. Through these letters, the viewer can gain insight into the life of the students as well as rural life in the community of Melville (later “Hawfields”) in the mid 19th century. On display were descriptions of the styles of clothing Lizzie might have worn, and information on the Burwell School, including a copy of Lizzie’s report card from one of the sessions. Additionally, a scenario of the Burwell School in one corner of the room featured a reproduction school bench, chalkboards and slates, as well as a dress typical of that era on loan from the Alamance County Historical Museum. Calligraphy exhibits and photography examples of that time period are featured among the displays.

April 30th, 2015 – August 31, 2015

The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott


On display at the Scott Collection from November 2014-March 2015 was an exhibit on W. Kerr Scott and his political career as Agricultural Commissioner of North Carolina,Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator. Included in the display were photographs, trophies, awards, political campaign buttons, posters, and political memorabilia. Also part of the exhibit were the Stetson hat he received at the 1949 U.S. Governors’ convention in Texas, a leather-bound copy of the Papers of Governor W. Kerr Scott, as well as an appointment book he kept as a young agricultural agent for Alamance County.

The Kronbergs

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The Kronbergs Family:

A Journey from Latvia to America.

The Kronbergs family was displaced during the Soviet invasion and occupation of Latvia in 1940. After a short term in a Displacement Camp in Nuremburg, Germany, they came to America and were placed with a family in North Carolina that was unable or unwilling to provide for small children. After staying at another Displacement Camp here in North Carolina, they came to live with Sen. Ralph H. Scott, Sr. and his family.

Exhibition Dates: April 30, 2014 – November 2, 2014

See our YouTube video of the exhibit:  The Kronbergs, A Journey from Latvia to America

Alexander Wilson

Alexander Wilson:  The man and his schools

Education has always been a priority in the lives of the Scott family. In the late 1840’s, Henderson and Margaret Scott wanted their children to be educated, but there were very few educational opportunities in their Burnt Shops (now Hawfields) community. Scott learned that Dr. Alexander Wilson, a well- known educator, was working in Hillsborough, NC as President of the Caldwell Institute, but looking to move out of that area. Following a conference with Scott, Dr. Wilson purchased fifty acres of land in the Burnt Shops community. Wilson chose to name his school after his Scottish mentor, Andrew Melville, and on July 4, 1851, the “Melville School” opened its doors. Many of the students boarded in nearby community homes or in the log dormitory for boarding students. Wilson’s students included many future prominent leaders in the state and the southeast. After Wilson’s death in 1867, the Melville School was operated by his sons, but soon closed. However, a new school, organized in 1921, was named for the beloved educator, and bears his name today. Over the years, it has been a high school, a graded school (1-11 grades), and is currently an elementary school (K-5).

Featured in the exhibit were photographs and memorabilia of the Melville School, the Alexander Wilson School, former students and teachers.

Exhibition Dates: October 10, 2013 – March 31, 2014