‘Glory Days’ Exhibit Opens at ABAC’s Museum Gallery on April 7th

Staff Report From Tifton CEO

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

A new exhibit spotlighting the “Glory Days” of athletics at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will open its Museum Gallery doors on April 7, just in time for Homecoming 2018 and the annual Folklife Festival at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.

“This is a really special event since we will be celebrating our 40th significant exhibition hosted by the GMA Gallery since its opening in 2010,” Polly Huff, curator and assistant director at the Museum, said.

The “Glory Days” exhibit will feature memorabilia ranging from a collection of baseball gear from former major leaguer and ABAC alumnus Kyle Farnsworth to stories and pictures from Hall of Fame inductees.

“The original Golden Stallion statue will be the centerpiece of the exhibit,” Huff said.  “Anyone who loves sports and history is going to love this exhibit. Some of the artifacts will be on display for the very first time, while others will bring back fond memories of beloved ABAC groups such as The Fabulous Golddusters dance team and the 1982 State Championship Basketball Team.

“Some of the photos and artifacts date back to the early 1900s and the Second District A&M School.  A special commemorative shirt will be available for purchase at the Gallery.”

The exhibit will open with a private preview for the 2018 ABAC Athletics Hall of Fame inductees at a reception and dinner on April 6. Singer-songwriter Joy Johnson will be the featured gallery musician from 5-6 p.m.  It will open to the public and guests of the Folklife Festival on April 7.

The “Glory Days’ exhibit will remain on display until July 5. The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The exhibit will be included in the Museum’s daily admission price and free to guests with valid annual passes.

Huff said the exhibit will be available to local classes and special groups who would like to schedule a private tour. For questions about this exhibit and other upcoming Gallery events, interested persons can contact Huff at phuff@abac.edu.