Lois Collins Sims – A Century in Waxhaw
Written and performed by Judy Simpson Cook
Sunday, March 27. Two performances – 2:30 and 4 p.m.
Lois Collins Sims was involved in her family, her community, in her church, and most importantly in her classroom where she taught generations of Waxhaw, North Carolina, children. She was a real person, but she is also representative of all the strong, smart, capable women of her era in America. During her 94 years, she experienced all of the significant events of the 20th century–the fight for women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, World Wars I and II, the Roaring 20’s, the Cold War, space exploration, as well as events completely unique to Waxhaw.
You will be touched, enlightened, and entertained as she shares her stories with you.
We are closed and hope to reopen on Saturdays very soon!
Our vision is a dynamic community of people from many backgrounds and cultures thriving together in The Waxhaws, across the country, and around the world.
Our mission is to help build that community by engaging people in our full history, celebrating its successes, acknowledging its failures, and seeking reconciliation and inclusion in the present.
For Immediate Release
Date: April 30, 2021
Contact: Gene Stowe
Surplus Land Sale Will Boost Local History Museum’s Mission
The 30-year-old Museum of the Waxhaws is selling a portion of its vacant land in order to establish financial stability and accelerate its mission to preserve and share the rich history of the region known as the Colonial Settlement of the Waxhaw.
The Andrew Jackson Foundation, owner of the museum, has listed about 15 of its 22 acres off N.C. 75 east of downtown Waxhaw with Farms & Estates Realty. Money from the sale, expected to exceed $1 million, will be placed in a trust to endow the museum’s work, including displays, field trips, and special events.
“The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated trends that were already devastating small museums across the country, and many have had to close,” said museum board President Kris Morefield. “We are fortunate to have access to resources that will not only sustain but enhance our service to the community.”
The property, which borders Waxhaw Elementary School, includes the former amphitheater where the Listen and Remember outdoor drama was performed for decades. The museum will establish a memorial to honor the local writer, cast, and crew who presented the drama.
“We are not going to forget our own history,” Morefield said. “We will devote our resources to expanding our capacity to help more people gain a sense of this place – including the thousands of newcomers who will enjoy learning about their new home. We call them ‘the Second Wave of Northern Migration,’ since most of the early settlers came down the Great Wagon Road from the North.”
The museum focuses on the Colonial Settlement of the Waxhaws, named for the Native branch of the Catawbas, that comprised much of southern Union County and northern Lancaster County, S.C. Revamped museum displays will narrate the contributions of Natives, Europeans, African-Americans, gold miners, farmers, mercantilists, mill owners, and others.
“We have adopted a vision of a dynamic community of people from many backgrounds and cultures thriving together in The Waxhaws, across the country, and around the world,” Morefield said. “Our mission is to help build that community by engaging people in our full history, celebrating its successes, acknowledging its failures, and seeking reconciliation and inclusion in the present.”
The museum, which expects to reopen on Saturdays in June, is seeking funds to sustain its operation until the sale is complete. A GoFundMe campaign has been established by Roy Sansbury of Farms & Estates Realty.
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- Main Museum Special Event Room: This room offers a large flexible room with an enclosed glass porch facing the Museum Grounds and a catering kitchen. Capacity varies with event type.
- Auditorium/Theater: This space seats 91.
- Outdoor Stage
- Exterior Grounds and Outdoor Stage: Limited to 500 people. Port-a-Potty rental available.
- Gold Panning
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- Children 6-12: $5.00
- Seniors: $8.00
- Children 5 and under: free
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- Pets are not allowed on the grounds.
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The Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial are administered by the Andrew Jackson Historical Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a repository for the collection of artifacts and other resource materials that focus on the history of the Waxhaw region and Andrew Jackson.
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