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