Molloy brings out the sweet spot at the Jones Museum

The most recent speaker at the Jones Museum was Traci Molloy, a Bronx-based artist who was the Artistic Director for five of America’s Camp’s 10 years. Her appearance on September 30 was made possible by the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, who shared the America’s Camp exhibit with the Jones Museum so as to broaden the reach of the exhibit in its sole appearance in Ohio.

Molloy was fabulous speaker and brought a vastly different perspective to the 2001 terrorist attacks for the 27 people of varying ages who attended her program. She painted a picture for us - people who live outside of the New York region – which we had never really thought about or could ever even imagine, all the while maintaining a sense of decorum and even humor. Her efforts paid off as I’m still hearing from attendees about how much they appreciated the evening.

I think it truly was the sweet spot for the Lillian E. Jones Museum because the evening covered all the bases and the physical space truly was a home for history, culture and education that night.

The facility was filled with a comfortable crowd sitting amongst the artwork. Each person had a brochure that detailed the history of Sept. 11, 2001 that can be used for future education. I can only conjecture that Lillian Jones herself would have enjoyed the evening because the topic was geared around the the care of the children, ages 6-16, who attended America’s Camp and how the artwork reflects their pain and healing from this traumatic historical event.

Jackson County is quite fortunate to have a museum, (a building that is free and accessible), dedicated to bringing together history, (local, regional and even national), culture (familiar and unfamiliar) and education (geared for all ages).
2013 is the 18th year of operation for the Jones Museum. The number of programs that have been held at the home at 75 Broadway St. through the years is lengthy and varied.

Just in 2013, the Jones Museum has exhibited the work of an internationally known sculptor (Fletcher Benton, JHS class of 1949) and created a space for his gracious donation of 21 pieces of sculpture and the library of information also provided by the artist; touched on an exploration of the history of Jackson High School; examined the 150th anniversary of the Confederate raid of John Hunt Morgan into Jackson County and now reached into the history of America’s response to the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Slightly more than 100 people have seen the America’s Camp exhibit since its opening here Sept. 10. I’m pleased with the number given the hesitancy of many to deal with the emotions of the topic. It isn’t always easy to go back to the feelings and emotions of that day, but the America’s Camp exhibit is a slice of that period and shows the healing of those who may have had the deepest pain – children of innocent victims from the planes and the buildings.

Nov. 20 is the final day for the America’s Camp exhibit. There is always room and opportunity for more visitors, especially in October when there isn’t an anniversary that might trigger an even deeper response.

I’m hopeful that military veterans and their families will see the exhibit in November because it is really a different kind of tribute for a different kind of war which our country is still fighting every day.

Come during regular hours T-W-Th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or call/email for a special appointment for your family or group. We have a new website as well as an email address

Jackson County’s home for history, culture and education is a place worth your time!

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