Historical society forming in Galax

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By April Wright, Reporter

 A group is seeking to form a Galax historical society to help explore and find local history and research genealogy. 

Barbara Trammell, Galax Public Library Director Melanie Hemingway and local historian John Nunn are hoping to pull a group together for an exploratory meeting at the Galax library on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. to see if enough are interested to begin historical and genealogy clubs, specific to the history of Galax. 

Anyone interested in local history or genealogy can attend. 

"These clubs will help us get together and exchange information that will help us preserve and protect the history of Galax," said Trammell. 

Hemingway said clubs such as these will help the library expand the collection of local history in books, periodicals and pictures. She is hoping that this first meeting will help the library form a plan for collecting information, pictures and other items that could be preserved at the library and providing public access to anyone interested in learning about local history. 

"People who have an interest in history, knowledge of the area or history stored in their home and want to share should come and share their ideas at our meeting," said Nunn. 

Hemingway said the idea for a historical society came out of a discussion at the library's book club. The book club generally focuses on historic fiction. 

"We wanted to make it so we're not just reading about history, but learning. This is also an example of community outreach for the library, something that the library wants to be a part of," said Hemingway, who has been director for about a year. 

"As library director, I want to see more community interaction — facilitate interest groups that support the library and make the library a gathering place to share and learn." 

Trammell wants to get people enthusiastic about what is happening. "We don't know what people are interested in, but this will give us direction in which ways to lead our historical clubs," she said. "This is an opportunity for those interested in history and genealogy to help us give direction and get these kinds of clubs going in Galax." 

Trammell retired to Galax a year ago from Texas. She came to the area knowing nothing about the history of the city. 

"I'm excited about being in the community and want to see the city grow and promote the spirit of the community," said Trammell. 

• For information or to provide ideas about forming a historical interest group, call 236-2351.