To the editor:
The decision by Newberry County, college and town to approve the use of the Taylor building, AKA the old library, for a museum is a really good thing. The advantages of such use of the building are both obvious and subtle. There is the location; a few minutes and easy walk to center of town to Memorial Park in front of the famous Newberry Opera House and a couple blocks from the large modern public library. Excellent shops of all sorts surround the area with blocks on the National Registry of Historic Places.
More subtle and just as important, is the known impact a museum contributes to a community. The Taylor building was designed by an important architect and built in 1911. Aside from the importance of the structure, so solid with adequate, wheel chair access and lots of room for displays as well there are many small storage areas downstairs. Upstairs where the book shelves were, there is ample room for rotating exhibits and exhibiting our industries that contribute so much to our economy.
In Newberry tradition of taking time to do it right, we can expect that great care will be provided in laying out the interior and saving the exterior of the important building, its contents determined by a mission statement controlled by an aware and capable curator. The downstairs small rooms could relieve such as Sons of American Revolution important files and business transactions now being kept in officers homes, without a central location for a business address. Added to the careful development of Taylor building the adjacent filling station, a delightful place on its own, could become the gift shop associated with the museum.
Thank you Newberry County Council, Newberry City Council, Mayor Senn and Newberry College.