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An n e P. a nd Thoma s A. Gr a y L ibr a r y a nd MESDA The Paper Trail Begins


Some of our museum’s most essential and intrinsic valuables live in a basement… for now.


by Bill cissna


the Frank L. Horton Museum Center—has housed a museum on its main floor that is thor- oughly dedicated to preserving and interpreting southern decorative arts. Lesser known to the casual visitor to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem, or even to some regulars, are the equally valuable


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ince 1965, a former Kroger supermarket on South Main Street—now known as


museum holdings that literally never see the light of day. Not long after MESDA opened, it became


clear that the books, photographs, and growing resources of data gathered in support of both MESDA and Old Salem had to have a home. Conveniently, that old Kroger supermarket had a basement. Soon, both a library and a research center began to grow there. While both spaces


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