County residents interested in the history of the area should mark their calendars to be at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on the second Saturday of the next few months.
An area favorite — the History Talks lecture series — kicks off once again today at 2 p.m., with a presentation by Dr. Cory Stewart.
Stewart, the chair of the history department at Surry Community College, will be at the museum to discuss the local regulator movement and its impact on the area’s involvement in the American Revolution.
Matt Edwards, the museum’s director, said anyone with an interest in the infancy of the United States would do well to attend.
“The regulator movement, some would say, was one of the earliest twinges of the budding uprising in the 13 colonies, where the backwoods rural people of North and South Carolina were starting to outwardly protest the tax structure in the colonies that was being placed upon them,’ he said. “There were some violent uprisings that sprang from these protests, and eventually some of the people involved in the regulator movement went on to become prominent patriots in the Revolution.”
And Stewart is the perfect person to discuss the movement, Edwards said.
“He has spent his entire adult life learning the history of this area, and how to tell the story and share that history with us,” he said.
The lecture will be held in the third floor meeting room at the museum.
Edwards said Saturday’s lecture is the first of three scheduled for the second Saturday of the month through spring.
“Future History Talks event include the Siamese twins and their family in the Civil War, and in May we will have David Beal talking about the Mount Airy Graniteers baseball team,” he said.
The museum director noted that variety is the spice of life.
“I think we have some great diversity in the talks this year, and this is just a great opportunity for people to come out and learn a little bit more about the history of this area we call home,” he said.
The History Talks series is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged.
For more information, call the museum at 786-4478.
Reach Keith Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1929.