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.

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.

WWI: Over There
November 2018 marked the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended WWI. The Stanly County museum is honoring this event with WWI: Over There in our Changing Exhibit. The exhibit includes military gear and weapons, stories and photographs of Stanly County World War I Veterans, maps marking major battles and letters and photos from soldiers documenting their time “over there”. Over 60 letters are available to read that were written by Stanly County Native Harvey Underwood that detail life in Stanly County during the early 20th century as well as the horrors of War.

Hitler in Obersalzberg
While serving in the US Army, Stanly County native J.C. Boone was stationed in Berchtesgaden, Germany. One of Dr. Boone’s primary responsibilities was to write articles and pamphlets about recreation areas, including the Obersalzberg, a mountainside retreat that was well known during the Nazi era as a retreat for Hitler and his closest associates. During his research
of the area, Dr. Boone was granted exclusive interviews with Hitler’s sister, Hitler’s immediate superior on the French and Belgian front during WWI, and Hitler’s personal pilot. Dr. Boone compiled his research into his book Hitler at the Obersalzberg. This book, as well as other items from Nazi Germany, are currently on display at the museum.