The Midway Museum recently received a $15,000 donation from the family of Hallie B. Holmes, who was the national president of the Georgia State Regent of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.
Holmes, the wife of Thomas Carroll Holmes Jr., made the museum a beneficiary of her estate because of the museum’s dedication to the preservation of history, which was something she felt strongly about.
Museum Executive Director Diane Kroell accepted the check on behalf of the museum from Holmes’ sons, Thomas Carroll Holmes III and Dale Bowen Holmes.
“This is a great gift and needed so much for the restoration of the building,” Kroell said.
The funds will be used to add a lift to the museum, which will allow individuals unable to walk up the steps to visit the library and second floor of the museum.
After the donation ceremony June 14 at the historic Midway Church, members of Holmes’ family, DAC representatives and members of the Board of Governors from the Midway Museum attended a reception at the museum, which was hosted by the Saint John’s Chapter and the Georgia State Society.
The Midway Museum, founded in 1949, was built as a house museum with financial support from the Midway Church and Society, Daughters of the American Colonists and United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The museum houses artifacts and family treasures that represent Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War eras. Guided tours of the home and church are available in exchange for a donation from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
The museum also is known for the events it hosts throughout the year, including the Midway Arts Festival, pig and oyster roast, historic cemetery tour and Christmas tea.