New curator hopes to broaden Alabama Music Hall of Fame

When Mickey Lollar walks through the Alabama Music Hall of Fame he feels more than a museum.

He feels the history and story of Alabama.

“So many people simply view the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as an induction and performance organization that also sports a supplemental museum branch,” said Lollar, the new curator at the museum. “It’s not simply just that, but also, equally so, a fully functioning museum with artifacts that mean just as much as those displayed from, say, the Mississippian, Middle Kingdom, and Imperial periods. How so? Because it all represents the history of humanity. Us.”

Having just completed his first month in the position, Lollar is sorting through artifacts to begin cataloging them.

He is working on refreshing the exhibits, having more interactive attractions, and bringing in outside artifacts, as well as special exhibits that celebrate cultural heritage.

He also wants to provide wider selections in the gift shop, have more indoor and outdoor concerts, and more community engagement.

“Settling in as curator of exhibits has been quite the dynamic experience,” Lollar said. “Today, I am working in my office, both gradually making it mine and sorting through a mass of catch-all boxes that I inherited.

“From documents to artifacts to junk, I’m seeing it all. Of course, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially in the museum business. Absolutely everything must be looked over and considered.”

In addition to his public relations and community education responsibilities, Lollar’s goal is to transform the Alabama Music Hall of Fame into a comprehensive preservation repository for artifacts related to Alabama’s diverse and exciting musical heritage.

“Just like all other history museums, I’ll be using archival storage boxes and wrapping, specialized tools and equipment, library supplies, and preservation products to fulfill archival conservation, preservation, restoration and exhibition. Science serving history.”

He is working on community education events in the coming months, including marketing for writers, preservation of personal documents and photographs, and for hospitality and tourism professionals.

Lollar is planning a permanent exhibit for GMane, and additional artifacts from The Blind Boys of Alabama. He also wants to have an event for Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, that could include a curator presentation, salsa band, authentic food, a mojito workshop and an art sale.

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