Chronicles of the Arctic Circle
Starting on November 10, 2020, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum is launching a new exhibit titled Chronicles of the Arctic Circle, which aims to make this winter season feel wintrier for visitors while they enjoy learning about the area, animals, and history associated with the Arctic Circle.
Positioned at the top of the world, the Arctic Circle makes up about 4% of the Earth’s surface. Currently comprised of numerous countries, various arctic animal species, and home to over 4 million people, the area has been inhabited by people for thousands of years. Only in recent times have detailed and recorded explorations taken place in efforts of finding passages through it or setting historic milestones within it. The Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum is proud to present Chronicles of the Arctic Circle as our 2020 – 2021 Winter exhibition. Come explore the wilds of the beautiful and dangerous North through the stories and accomplishments of the past as well as come face-to-face with a Reindeer/Caribou, which is a widely recognized animal of the arctic circle. This specimen, provided by the University of Alabama Museums’ Department of Research & Collections, is an opportunity to see an animal species from the Arctic, here in Tuscaloosa.
Not only will visitors be able to view the Chronicles of the Arctic Circle exhibit, they will be able to contribute to it by helping the museum create an indoor blizzard! Snowflake doilies will be available inside the museum for decoration and coloring and will be hung from the ceiling to simulate an arctic snowstorm. Sanitation of all art materials will take place throughout the day to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols.
Stitching Together Tuscaloosa’s History
Curated by University of Alabama student volunteer Allison Mansour, the Stitching Together Tuscaloosa’s History exhibition utilizes the 2019 Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Quilt which was created as a celebration of Tuscaloosa’s ever-changing and diversifying communities.
This February and March, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum takes a new look at the quilt through the lens of Black History and the rich stories spun by African American quilters.
Video segments providing behind-the-scenes details with student curator Allison Mansour are available on the UA Museums YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/uamuseums
*All health and safety regulations for COVID-19 are still in place.*