When Mickey Lollar walks through the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, it feels like more than a museum.
He feels the history and history of Alabama.
“So many people just view the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as an induction and performance organization that also sports an additional museum branch,” said Lollar, the museum’s new curator. “It’s not just that, but also, equally, a fully functioning museum with artifacts that mean just as much as those on display from, say, the Mississippian, Middle Kingdom and Empire periods. How? Because all this represents the history of humanity. We.”
After completing his first month in this position, Lollar sorts through artifacts to begin cataloging them.
It is working to refresh exhibits, have more interactive attractions, and bring in outdoor artifacts, as well as special exhibits that celebrate cultural heritage.
He also wants to offer wider selections in the gift shop, have more indoor and outdoor concerts, and more community involvement.
“Setting up as an exhibition curator was quite a dynamic experience,” Lollar said. “Today I work in my office, both gradually making it my own and sorting through a mass of tote boxes that I inherited.
“From documents to artifacts to trash, I see it all. Of course, the waste of some is the treasure of others, especially in the field of museums. Absolutely everything must be examined and considered.
In addition to his public relations and community education responsibilities, Lollar’s goal is to transform the Alabama Music Hall of Fame into a comprehensive repository for the preservation of artifacts related to the diverse musical heritage and exciting from Alabama.
“Like all other history museums, I will use archival storage boxes and packaging, specialized tools and equipment, library supplies and preservation products to ensure the conservation, preservation, restoration and the exhibition of the archives Science at the service of history.
He is working on community education events in the coming months, including marketing for writers, preservation of personal documents and photographs, and for hospitality and tourism professionals.
Lollar is planning a permanent exhibit for GMane and additional artifacts from The Blind Boys of Alabama. He also wants to host an event for Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-October 15, that could include a curator presentation, salsa band, authentic food, mojito workshop, and art sale.