The High Point Museum and Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit “Celebrating a Century of Commerce,” set to open Thursday, July 18 during the Chamber’s monthly Chamber Cheers and then to the public Friday, July 19. This year marks 100 years our local Chamber of Commerce has been in operation.
“The mission of the High Point Museum is to share High Point’s history and what better way than to highlight one organization that has been involved in so much of our history,” Edith Brady, Museum Director, said. “Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce is an important part of the growth and development of High Point and we wanted to be part of their celebration.”
“Celebrating a Century of Commerce” will explore the lasting impact the chamber of commerce has had on the High Point community. The exhibit, open until November 16, will fill the lecture gallery and the mezzanine with photos, booklets, and brochures. The objects and memorabilia on display highlight the various projects and initiatives of the chamber during its 100 years and the exhibit discusses the current projects and programs of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce.
“This project has been so much fun and I can’t thank the High Point Museum enough for their efforts,” Patrick Chapin, President and Chief Executive Officer for Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce, said. “We look forward to sharing this look back in time and to celebrate this 100 year milestone with our members and community.”
For the last several years, the High Point Museum has been working to digitize its collection and one of the largest collections focuses on the Chamber of Commerce. These materials, which includes maps, booklets, scrapbooks, brochures and programs, range from the 1930s to 2018. Statistical information about the city such as tax rates, per capita income, and types of industries are included in these items. These objects are available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, a statewide digitization and digital publishing program housed in the North Carolina Collection at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library. Another online resource is the Museum’s collection database links to both of these sites can be found on the High Point Museum website at https://www.highpointnc.gov/699/Changing-Exhibits.
The High Point Historical Society Monthly Guild Series Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. will feature Sarah Tate, Senior Director of Events & Marketing for Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce, and Marian Inabinett, Curator of Collections for the High Point Museum. Discussion will focus on the both the past and future of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce.
Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce initiates, inspires and accelerates the kind of change that propels its members to success and its community to prominence. This mission is accomplished through the three areas of focus: Chamber of Commerce, Strategic Initiatives, and Transformational Change. Established in 2015, Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce is the merged entity of the High Point Chamber of Commerce and the High Point Partners. To learn more about BHP Chamber please visit www.bhpchamber.org. To discover how BHP Chamber can help your business, please contact Iris Boswell, membership director, at Iris@bhpchamber.org.
The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, shares Greater High Point’s history, provides perspective for current issues, and strengthens the sense of community.
The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit www.highpointnc.gov