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Riley House Visitors Center Opens


By: Lanetra Bennett
September 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - It's the 156th birthday of community pioneer John G. Riley. Tuesday, the museum named after him is celebrating with a new addition.

Local leaders and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Visitors Center Tuesday morning.

The building is next to the Riley House Museum on East Jefferson Street in Tallahassee.

The public can use the space for events and it also has more space for the Riley museum to highlight African American history and culture in Leon County.

Altamese Barnes with the Riley House Museum, says, "What we're doing is designing a world of happiness where people can come and reflect on the richness of the past, live in the present, and begin to connect to the future."

Festivities to commemorate Riley's legacy will continue throughout the week. Please see the press release below for more information.


Press Release

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT THE NEW VISITORS CENTER
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
TOURS OF THE NEW VISITORS CENTER AND RILEY MUSEUM’S FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN EXHIBIT
(DONATED BY GRACE DANSBY)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SMOKEY HOLLOW REUNION, UNVEILING OF COMMEMORATIVE BOOK & GUIDED TOURS OF CASCADES PARK
(BY BLUEPRINT 2000 STAFF)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
3:00 PM– 5:00PM
CREATED EQUAL FILM SERIES PREMIERE (FREE TO THE PUBLIC)
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is a powerful collection of documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, that uses the power of entertainment to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history.
JOHN G. RILEY MUSEUM
Visitors Center
GRAND OPENING
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SPECIAL THANKS TO
for providing guided tours of Cascades Park.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
9:00AM – 2:00PM
4TH ANNUAL REGIONAL L3X “LEGACY TOUR” EVENT
(COST: $20 PER PERSON)
A program held in partnership with the Tallahassee Senior Center’s Life-Long- Learning Extravaganza (“L3X”). For more information on this year’s L3X event visit www.talgov.com

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
5:30PM – 7:30PM
NEW EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
(FREE TO THE PUBLIC)V
They Led the Way is a riveting exhibit detailing the intimate portraits and oral histories of the first students to integrate the Leon County public school system. This exhibit is presented in partnership with Ann Schierhorn, a Tallahassee native and Professor in the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
9:00AM – 12:00PM
LET’S MOVE! FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY
(FREE TO THE PUBLIC)
People of all ages can take part in this one-of-a-kind fitness event that is purposed to promote family involvement in healthy living through a host of activities such as:
1. Time & Money-saving food options
2. Community gardening & healthy home cooking demos
3. Stress relieving activities for any schedule
4. Easy fitness options for kids (after-school, summer and other programs)
5. Healthy living for every stage of life
2:00PM – 4:00PM
PRIVATE SHOWING OF LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER
(COST: $15.00 PER PERSON)
This film tells the story of a White House Butler who served eight American Presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society from the civil rights movement to present day and will feature living legends who worked tirelessly to bring about civil justice through Tallahassee’s local civil rights movement.
(aALL ACTI VVVITIES FREE TO THE PUBLIC)


Grand Opening of the new Riley Museum Visitors Center promises to be a celebration not to be missed
TALLAHASSEE - The public is cordially invited to join in the activities taking place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 beginning at 9:00 A.M. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Riley Museum Visitors Center, followed by tours of the newly constructed building, Cascades Park and the museum’s Florida Highwaymen Exhibit at 10:00 A.M. The celebration will continue with the unveiling of a new commemorative book and exhibit about the Smokey Hollow Community, followed by a Fish Fry from 11:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. All festivities are free and will be held on the grounds of the John G. Riley Center/Museum located at 419 East Jefferson Street (two blocks east of the Leon County Courthouse).
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 is a very special day for the John G. Riley Center & Museum. This day also marks the 156th Birthday of Mr. John Gilmore Riley, the community pioneer for which the museum is named, and will pay tribute to his legacy and leadership within the Tallahassee community through the expansion of the museum’s community and public service programs during a full-week of festivities.
The Riley Museum is dedicated to discovering and recovering the history of the Smokey Hollow Community in Cascades Park and will highlight primary sources of oral histories, photographs and memories from families who once called Smokey Hollow home during Tuesday’s event.
The new Visitors Center is a public use project that was made possible through the substantial funding support of the joint Leon County – City of Tallahassee Tourist Development Council (TDC); the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA); and a significant corporate investment by the Pittman Law Group. The Beatitude Foundation, Publix Charities, In Tents Events and Andrews Catering also played an integral role in providing support for this initiative.
The Riley Museum is open for tours from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday and 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday. (Admission: $2 Adults | $1 Seniors | $1 Children ages 12 and under). For more information on the schedule of events, please contact the Riley Museum at (850) 681-7881 or info@rileymuseum.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT:
September 20, 2013 Marion McGee
Mobile: (850) 339-2757
Office: (850) 681-7881
Fax: (850) 681-7000
Email: info@rileymuseum.org
Web: www.rileymuseum.org


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