Museum director guest Thursday for genealogical society meeting

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 01:20 AM


The Granville County Genealogical Society will conduct its next meeting Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., in the large meeting room at Richard H. Thornton Library, 210 Main St,, Oxford.

Pam Thornton, director of the Granville County Historical Society Museum, will give an update on a program previously presented by society member Dick Taylor during a meeting back in June of 2009.

Taylor’s program concerned a murder that occurred in Granville County during the 1960s. Thornton has since uncovered more information on the case. In addition, new photos of the principals involved have been acquired by the museum.

Thornton, born and raised in Winston-Salem, attended Wingate Junior College. She and her husband, Tom, collected antiques for several years before turning it into a full-time business. Moving to Granville County in 1988, she become involved in the Granville County Historical Society. By 1996, when the society opened the first museum in the “old jail,” she was serving as president. She has made several updates to the museum during her tenure, including the opening of the Harris Exhibit Hall in 2000, a second renovation of the jail, and the installation of rotating exhibits for science, art and history.

In addition, she serves as a member of the N.C. Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative Board of Directors.