Downtown Beverly was filled with period costumes, war reenactments, and living history camps for the annual Beverly Heritage Days.
This year’s event showcased a timeline of Beverly’s history through the centuries. World War I and Appalachian Food Ways exhibits opened during the weekend and officials say the exhibits really tied the community to the town’s history.
AmeriCorps Service Member Jennifer Bravener worked to interview community members, gather generational recipes and cookbooks, and showcase a little Appalachian food culture.
“I wanted to connect the community to the museum; I wanted to interview people, talk to them about their food heritage and their culture and their family traditions and really make them feel like they are an integral part of the museum,” said Bravener.
“It’s one thing to find these things scattered as relics, it’s quite another to have them all tied to one person from Randolph County, from here in the area. It’s really something. It’s really nice to be able to showcase these items both for the family and for the community here in Randolph County,” said AmeriCorps Member Christopher Taylor.
Taylor designed the World War I display after items were donated by a local family. Taylor said the heritage days event was missing World War I reenactors for this year’s event and the exhibit was the perfect addition.
Both exhibits were designed by AmeriCorps service members working to showcase local history. The two exhibits will be open for a year at the Beverly Heritage Center.