Welcome to the Blount County Memorial Museum
We at the Blount County Memorial Museum are always aware of the sacrifices of our veterans and their families. We are honored to have the many veterans who help us with our mission to record and maintain the records and artifacts of these families and of their contributions to our County, State and Nation.
The Museum seeks information about Blount County Schools that existed from the late 1800's to the late 1900's and that longer exist. Anything is welcome — stories, articles, yearbooks, and/or photographs. Please contact Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905, Thueday through Thursday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Attention Korean Conflict Veterans...
The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking veterans who served in the Korean Conflict, who may be eligible to receive the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal. The medal is issued by the Republic of Korea. It can be awarded to any veteran who served in Korea at any time from 25 June 1950 through 25 October 1954.
WCRL Swap Shop host Tim Chamblee, who is this year's master of cereminies for the Blount County Veterans Day Parade discovered the availability of this medal while researching about the Korean Conflict. Veterans of this conflict are the grand marsahals for the parade this year.
Eligible veterans can obtain an application for the medal at the Blount County Memorial Museum. A copy of the veteran's DD–214 is required. A copy may also be obtained at http://birminghammarines.net/PMAPP.pdf. Medals may be awarded posthumously, at a ceremony to be scheduled at a later date.
The New Year came in with showers, drizzles, and a bit of wind in some places, reminding us that whatever we think, Mother Nature is going to trump our plans. The ponds are filled, and everyone seems to be getting prepared for tackling whatever is in store.
Here at the museum, we are quietly (that means we are pulling our hair our without screaming) looking at our taskboard of events and activities. We're updating some of our procedures — for example, we can finally accept "plastic" for dues payments, as well as for books and other items we have on sale. The catalog of items is almost ready to go online, awaiting only confirmation from PayPal® that we hsve met their standards for collecting dues and other payments.
The really big news is that we obtained our 501c(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service this past year. Our Curator, Amy Rhudy, becane certified as a Certified Service Officer, which enables her to assist service veterans with their claims submitted to the Veterans' Admistration. We're also working with the Blountsville Veterans Memorial Park to get their 501c(3) tax exemption.
We have a few new books, ideas for new displays, and as always, we can always use a few more good men and women to help out.
Please take time to review the events page to see what's going on in Blount County. Also, if you have a family or community event you desire to be listed on our events page, just call the museum or email the Museum with your notice (no ads, please).
Also, stop by and visit with us for a while; we're conveniently located just south of the Courthouse in Oneonta. The Museum hours are 8:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesday through Thursday. Also, visit our Facebook Page. We aren't a large museum, but there's a lot to see. We have quite a collection of Blount County family records and genealogies and knowledgeable family researchers are available.
E. L. & Pauline Kilgore Lyceum Presents
Alabama Sculptor Craigger Browne
1:00pm High School
6:30pm Little Brick Church
Oneonta, AL 35121
Visit the BCMM Facebook Page
We have an active group of FaceBook® followers, and we invite everyone to drop in from time to time. It's also a source of additional information about the early families who settled Blount County, as well of the County's history and heritage.
Friends of the Locust Fork River
Check the events page for upcoming FLFR activities. For additional information about any of these activities, contact the FLFR.
Planning a Tour?
The Museum provides guides for touring groups visiting Blount County. Please complete the tour notice form to request a knowledgeable guide.
Whether it's a visit to the covered bridges, Palisades Park, County Caves, or a working farm, we're always pleased to tell about our County.
Blount County Roots?
If your family has roots in Blount County, we invite you to join the Blount County Historical Society (BCHS). Dues are only $10.00/year. The BCHS meets quarterly and provides supporting services to Operation Grateful Heart and the Blount County Memorial Museum. Just download an application form complete it and mail it with payment.
Tips for Family Researchers
Besides information about our County's history, there are tips for family historians, which reflect the findings of veteran family researchers.
If you have an announcement about a family reunion or suggested site links, please send to the
Curator. We would be pleased to add them. No ads, please.