Pioneer Museum to begin renovations to its top floor

Photo by Charity Maness/Fall River County Herald-Star

The fourth floor of the Pioneer Museum is a blank canvas for the new renovations to highlight local art and artisans, past and present.


By Charity Maness

HOT SPRINGS – The Pioneer Museum has begun its renovations of the top floor of the museum in hopes of a Springtime grand opening.

“This floor will be exclusively Fall River County,” said Carol Sides, Pioneer Museum Board member. 

The top floor of the museum has seemed to be shrouded in mystery for many years with visitors and locals alike wondering just what might lie behind the beautifully arched windows and high peaked roofs.

The open bare beamed room will house local artwork from many local artists, “some with us still today, yet some gone” said Sides. It will honor the beauty and craftsmanship found in the county by featuring paintings, photography, wood carvings, pottery, needle work, and more from artists such as Charles Hangens and Edith Roberts Cole.  

While other artists represented may not be well-known, their art will grace the walls and rooms of the fourth floor along with the greats. “We will have some school houses built by local students many, many years ago that we will display,” said Sides, “and a very grand eight foot by fifteen foot painting we will hang from the crossbeam.”

The walls and stairwells will also offer a glimpse into the past with photos of towns and places taken decades ago.

“We open May 15th,” said Sides, “and we hope to have the local art room Grand Opening soon thereafter.”

Fall River County Herald Star

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