History in the Making

Exhibits and Stories

The Stanly County Museum is housed in quarters too tight to exhibit and display all of our artifacts or tell all of our stories. These pages will supplement our physical space with virtual tours of our resources.

Please visit these pages often for glimpses into our collection and to learn more about Stanly County’s fascinating history.

Changing Exhibit Area: Apollo 16 Command Module Mockup and related memorabilia 

The Stanly County History Center has a new exhibit on display. Brad Perry, who was a 16-year-old student at Albemarle High school in the 1970’s, gained national attention when he constructed a mockup of the Apollo Command Module in the basement of his home.

When you come to the Stanly County History Center you will be able to look inside Brad’s Command Module mockup where he spent 11 days, one hour and 51 minutes simulating the Apollo 16 lunar mission.
Also, on display are the flight suits he wore, freeze dried food that the astronauts ate during the mission, numerous pictures of the astronauts and of Brad as he simulated the trip to the moon and back.
Brad graduated from Georgia Tech, served 6 years flying as a U.S. Air Force pilot, and spent his career working for NASA. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and has over 3,800 hours flying time.