Hardy History Association holds library dedication

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Photo/ Lauren Siebert Jeff Munroe (center) was presented with a lifetime membership to the Hardy History Association Oct. 5. The library was also named in his honor. Pictured from left to right: Pene Hadley, Rebecca Ashcroft, Jeff Munroe, Darlene Wilson and Charles Wilson.

The Hardy History Association (HHA) held a surprise dedication of their new museum library Oct. 5 in honor of Jeff Munroe, a volunteer who donated his time and effort to help make the library a reality.

Munroe is a long term area resident. He and his wife moved to Hardy in 2017 when they purchased and renovated the old Hardy Pottery Shop building on Main Street.

Shortly after, Munroe and his wife opened Noni’s Children’s Boutique.

According to a release provided by HHA President Darlene Wilson, Jeff is an accomplished wood-worker and after hearing of the work the HHA was doing to create a museum, he offered to volunteer his time and talents to help out.

Charles and Darlene Wilson purchased the old Flat Creek Dulcimer Shop Building, now known as Ruby’s on Main where the museum is also located.

“Jeff offered to help with the upstairs renovation,” Wilson said. “He spent several weeks, numerous working hours and donated beautiful wood to create built-in cabinets and bookshelves in the museum’s library. He also built a wall between the library and the open display space.”

In honor of Munroe’s substantial contribution, which is valued at over $5,000, the HHA board voted to present Munroe with a lifetime membership to the association. In addition, the Wilson’s have named the library, The Munroe Library, in honor of Munroe’s tireless and beautiful work. Marc Herring of Ozark Classic Crafts Mall in Hardy created the beautiful walnut plaque to be placed at the entrance of the library.

“The Munroe Library will accommodate books of historical interest, Hardy School yearbooks, old Hardy phone books, historical newspapers, magazines and brochures as well as other items,” Wilson said. “Once the museum is open, the public will be allowed to use the library to view the items. In addition, the library is set up as a conference-room and can be used by community organizations for meetings.”

Wilson noted one area organization, the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce, which shares space with the museum utilizes the library room for its meetings.

“Hardy History Museum archivists, Patsy Church and Jim Best, are working diligently to complete cataloging of donated and loaned items to the museum and setting up displays with their museum committee,” Wilson said. “Our current plans are to open the museum by the end of the year.”

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