New bird on Broadway



Please join me in welcoming a new bird to Broadway Street – the Jones Museum bird, our new icon!  The Jones Museum bird represents is a new way of thinking about the stories that are our history.

Since 1995, the Lillian E. Jones Museum in Jackson has been recognized by its architectural shape and location – the building where it exists.

Now it is time to recognize the Jones Museum for its existence – and with it, a new willingness to fly higher and look over the entire historical, educational and cultural landscape of the region.

It fits. The Jones Museum is a place full of unique stories and artifacts, different perspectives and different ideas.

During the 1960s, Lillian Jones took her final trips around the world (by her account, she had gone around the world four times). Since December 2014, the Jones Museum has had volunteers working to digitize the thousands of color slides left by Miss Jones.

She visited remarkable places and took photographs of people and sights. Many of the slides have never be seen by the public before as Miss Jones was a very private person.

The Jones Museum had some of the slides (Cambodia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Japan, Nepal, Norway) showing during the Family Makes Community, the Jones family connection exhibit in early 2015 and the response was quietly engaging. (Just checking out the vintage cars in the background of some of the photos is enthralling!)

Work digitizing the photos is still ongoing, with great thanks to the four missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as well as Jackson County teachers volunteering during Christmas vacation. When the work is complete, there will be slides from 25 different countries.

So again, another connection to a soaring bird as the Jones Museum's icon. Many thanks to Jenny Massie of JSM Design & Creative Services for listening and learning about the stories that make up the Jones Museum! It is her work that brings us the new bird on Broadway.

P.S. Not only did Lillian Jones fly around the world several times, she also once had a pet parakeet!

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