The COVID-19 pandemic has put the future of the Montgomery Museum of Art & History in jeopardy. In addition to being closed for several months, we had to cancel fundraising events, resulting in a significant loss of funds that support our work. Although we receive some funding from Montgomery County and the Town of Christiansburg, we rely heavily on the generosity of community members like you to help us continue our mission to Preserve History and Present Art for all of Virginia’s New River Valley and beyond. Your donation to our GiveLocal NRV campaign between June 1-24 will help us keep our doors open.
Founded in 1983, the Montgomery Museum of Art & History is a nonprofit organization housed in the former Christiansburg Presbyterian Church Manse. It was built in 1852 on land donated by the Craig Family. The house was home to the Pepper family for many years. The beautiful gardens include many native plants and are managed by Virginia Tech Master Gardeners.
The four pillars of the museum are preservation, art, education, and research. Your support today makes it possible for us to continue our offerings in each of these areas:
We present rotating exhibits showcasing various aspects of Montgomery County’s history. We have hosted recent exhibits on such diverse topics as the history of schools in Montgomery County, the impact of the railroad on the county, and exploring Montgomery County during the 1920s, including both advancements for women and the inequality faced by African Americans. In addition, we preserve and maintain more than 11,000 historic photographs and nearly 4,400 objects relevant to the county's history. Our annual Heritage Day celebration showcases traditional crafts people, antique automobiles and engines, traditional song and dance, and our traditional food ways. This event features special children’s areas for creative outlets, games, education and more.
The Montgomery Museum exhibits both historic and contemporary artwork, presenting rotating exhibitions of the works of local and regional artists. A focus of our collection is the works of Lewis Miller, a nineteenth-century folk artist who often visited family in Christiansburg and produced work depicting many scenes in Montgomery County. H’ARTS on Main is our annual festival featuring the works of regional artists. Visit our new Museum Market on Main to shop for unique gifts crafted by local and regional artists.
We offer a variety of art classes and workshops, and plan to offer genealogy research classes later this year. In addition, we are developing an "Education to Go" program that will bring the museum to elementary school classrooms. This program will provide teachers with hands-on materials that will connect students to history and culture in a very real and engaging way. Six education chests are being developed for a variety of topics such as Map Skills, Montgomery County Past and Present, the Industrial Revolution in Montgomery County, and Family History. All materials will be used in step-by-step lesson plans that address Virginia Standards of Learning. Each chest provides teachers with lesson plans, books, worksheets, digital images and other materials.
The Museum houses an archive of nearly 20,000 books, documents, photographs, and other artifacts newspapers available for genealogy and regional history research. We invite you to visit the museum to research, share, and celebrate your family history.
THANK YOU for your support of our mission to Preserve History and Present Art for all of Virginia’s New River Valley and beyond! Please follow us on Facebook where we share photos and videos featuring our art and history exhibits and artifacts, and the latest museum news.