ABAC Celebrates National Ice Cream Day with Exhibit at Country Store on July 20

July 3 2019
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TIFTON—A unique collection of late 1800s drug store artifacts from the drug store in Boston, Ga., will be on display at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on July 20 in celebration of National Ice Cream Day, which is on July 21.

Museum Curator Polly Huff discovered a special collection of photographs that has never been displayed featuring drug stores from all over the state of Georgia and dating from 1890 to 1911.  Along with the Boston store’s artifacts, this photo collection will also be included in the exhibit and available for public viewing for the first time.

The Museum Country Store will house the one-day exhibit, and visitors that day will have a chance to view it in its entirety at no charge.  Country Store Manager Tonia Carpenter said visitors arriving at the Country Store between 10 a.m. and noon on July 20 will be treated to a free sample of the Museum’s hand-dipped ice cream.

Jason Gentry, an ABAC student from Tifton majoring in history and government, is one of the summer interns at the Museum Gallery.  He is working with Huff and Carpenter on this one day, pop-up exhibit.

“These drug stores were a center point of small towns providing everything from medicines to ice cream and sodas and many things in between,” Gentry said.  “I have really enjoyed doing research on the artifacts we have.” 

Museum operating hours on Saturdays in July are from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Saturday admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior adults, $5 for children five to 16 years old, and free to children four and under. ABAC students receive free admission with a student ID.

The Museum will be open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in July. Admission will be $7 for adults, $6 for senior adults, $4 for children five to 16 years old, and free to children four and under.

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