The Randolph County Historical Museum board members are (first row, from left) Roanoke Mayor Jill Patterson-Hicks, Wedowee Mayor Tim Coe, Dorothy Tidwell, Trude Taft (secretary), Paula Lambert, (second row) Woodland Mayor Scott Carter, Dana Chandler (president), Merredith Sears (vice president), Keith Marable, Bob Fincher, Gerry Knight, and (third row) Bryant Whaley of Randolph County Economic Development Authority. (Note: Masks were worn and social distancing maintained before and after this photo was made.)

Randolph County Historical Museum, a 501-3c organization, located in mid-town Roanoke, will be indefinitely closed to ensure the museum's board can make necessary repairs so the contents are secured.

It is unfortunate the facility has suffered interior and structural problems as a result of an aged roofing system. The museum recently acquired grant funding that will allow the board to move precious artifacts and other materials to another secure facility while they determine the best response for the building. The grant from the Alabama Historical Commission in the amount of $14,948 will also be used to conduct important tests for asbestos and lead-based paint within the facility. In the meantime, the board will continue to seek additional resources for funding for continued repairs and upgrades.

Built in 1939, the building was the location of the second post office in Roanoke. The post office eventually moved to the US 431 bypass, and since 2000, it has been the site of the museum. The museum's mission is to acquire, document, protect and preserve, and exhibit the unique physical and cultural history which reflects the story of Randolph County. An additional but not lesser mission is to research, exhibit, promote and publicize the rich historical and cultural heritage of the county for the benefit of residents and visitors.

The board's vision for the future of Randolph County Historical Museum will be a vibrant social, cultural and economic centerpiece of the county and will be regarded as an entertaining and worthwhile tourist destination. The museum will be a resource for scholars, historians and educators, as well as genealogists and anyone interested in the county's geology, pre-history and history. Finally, the board will preserve and catalog important objects and documents and will use those items to provide educational and cultural programs for the public.

The museum board is a diverse group with representation coming from every part of the county. The current mayors of Wedowee, Wadley, Woodland and Roanoke will act as advisors to the museum, and they have committed to help make this a great venue. Please follow Randolph County Historical useum on Facebook for frequent updates.

The board looks forward to reopening in the not too distant future.

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