Volume III | September 19 2020
Dan River Region Economic Development

Danville City Manager Ken Larking and Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman participated in a forum at a Danville-Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday to talk about challenges, successes, and developments in the region. Alexis Ehrdhardt, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, moderated the event which goal is to coordinate economic development efforts between Danville and Pittsylvania County, specifically with education and workforce development. This will form a regional alliance of area stakeholders to coordinate a high performing economic development program.
This session highlighted the importance of communication, and institutional exchange more generally, to engage with the surrounding community in meaningful ways. This session and presentation served as a reminder that collaboration also makes museum work so much richer, and the stories we tell that much better when we collaborate. A special thank you to Parks and Recreation, the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce and the River District Association for their conversations with the museum this past week around a summer exhibition for 2021.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died this week
In 1993 she was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court and served more than 27 years. She was instrumental in launching the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU's General Counsel from 1973--1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974—1980.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: "Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice."
While on the Court, the Justice authored My Own Words (2016), a compilation of her speeches and writings.

Mill Site Photo: Courtesy of Hill Studio. Areal Photo: Courtesy of Chris Fort.
Schoolfield Historical District Listed on Virginia Landmarks Register
The Museum holds the Schoolfield Museum Collection. This week the Schoolfield Historic District was approved for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Schoolfield, the former textile mill village of Dan River Mills, now has an honorary designation that will help promote awareness and appreciation of the neighborhood and its history. The approximately 512-acre district, which was surveyed earlier this year by Hill Studio, Burton Consulting and Storied Capital, includes 1,401 resources (buildings, sites, structures, and objects). 1,005 of those resources were determined contributing to the historic fabric of Schoolfield and are thus now eligible for historic tax credits at the state level. Schoolfield has also been nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and this federal historic designation will be considered by the National Park Service later this fall. To read the Schoolfield nomination application and see some of the survey photos, head to the Department of Historic Resources website
Attic Sale Call for Drop Off
The much beloved Attic Sale event is getting an early start on collecting this year. Did you know that it takes a whole year to organize this event? COVID-19 has made things a little more difficult but we will not be put down by a trifling pandemic! The Attic Show must go on! This year the museum is partnering with the Danville Historical Society who will provide the drop off point for SALE items and collecting will start early. DMFAH will be collecting donated Attic Sale items (including antiques) throughout the year on the last Saturday of every month. If you are interested in making a donation and scheduling a drop off please make an appointment with Dave Corp . Press HERE for his email.

Remembering Gail Dunn
Gail was “an educator, broadcaster, and entrepreneur.” Married since 1965, Gail taught in both the North and the South. As a librarian/media specialist, Gail has worked in both inner city and suburban schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade. She was the media specialist at G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School in Danville. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and The Wednesday Club, among others and served on the Danville Museum board from 2015-2016. 
September is Last Month of Saturday Free Yoga on the Lawn - Autumn is coming ! Get those last stretches outdoors!
Smokestack Will Be Starting rehearsals for Ghosts & Gravestones Tomorrow at 2pm.
Contact info@danvillemuseum.org to sign up for Life Drawing on Thursday, September 24,2020
Thinking of Spring!!!
With thanks to the Garden Club of Danville, Museum Daffodil Bulbs have been ordered from the Blue Ribbon collection to bring joyful cheer to our garden in the spring of 2021. We will have the Altruist, a classical daffodil registered in 1965 hybernized by Frederick Board of England; Falmouth Bay registered in 1990 by Ron Scamp of England; Gay Tabor was registered in 2016 and hybernized by J. Lionel Richardson of Ireland; Mallee was registered in 2001 and bred by Brian Duncan of Northern Ireland. Ringtone was hybernized by Karel J. van der Veek of the Netherlins in 2015. It is sweetly scented. (Image Shown).
French Averett Students from professor Catherine Clark's class will be the first to engage with the Museum's Annex HOUSE 126' Green Screen Studio. They will be creating a small video with recording the philosophical musings on roses by the little prince in Antoine De Saint Exupéry's much beloved novel. The extravagant Perkinson Rose Garden in full bloom at the Museum has been the students late summer muse. Next week they will be placing quotes from the book on stones. These will be placed in the garden for all to enjoy.
The September collograph workshop took place this week on a rainy Thursday evening. Participants Kelly Wyatt, Linday Gourley, Rebecca Wright, Ray Hayes and Aiden Thomas worked on preparing collograph printing plates. These low relief plates will be run through the beautiful Charles Brandt printing press next week on Monday evening at Swanson Studio. Thank you to local artist Linda Gourley for sharing her collograph plates and talking about the process of collography.
A Tribute to Helen Heard Etheridge/ Danville Artist &Teacher 1932-2019
Featured Image: Blue Jay in an Autumn Tree by Helen Etheridge.

All who knew, and loved her will remember her attention to detail, quick wit and the enduring legacy to teaching art.
Helen Heard Etheridge began to sketch, draw and paint at an early age. Her grandmother, Helen Hobert Coleman, tutored young students from her Danville, Virginia home, beginning the 1930s.
Helen attended George Washington High School, and graduated from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she furthered her art studies. She married Herbert Etheridge in 1952, and settled back in Danville to raise four children while establishing herself as a portrait artist with commissioned paintings of many prominent residents of Danville including: Mayor Harry Wooding, Danville Register & Bee owners, Stuart and Walter Grant, WBTM radio host David “Hutch” Hutchinson and others. Helen received her BFA in Art Studies at Averett University and went on to motivate middle school students, teaching them drawing, painting, pottery making, and abstract design at O.T. Bonner Middle School for 17 years.
Throughout her career, Helen exhibited her work at The Danville Museum of Fine Arts, The Danville Art League and Danville Community College. She held speaking engagements and lectures at the University of Virginia, Virginia Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Danville Area Association of Arts and Humanities.