The Laurens County Museum is pleased to announce the hire of Laura Clifford Cook as the project manager and interim director.
Cook has been volunteering with the museum since February as an archaeologist, cataloging projectile points from museum collections. Now in her new role, she will oversee the continuing renovations of the Witherspoon building and acquisitions of new exhibits and displaying of them.
“I learned so much about the plans the museum had to expand and redesign their exhibits during my time as a volunteer,” said Cook. “The museum has reached the point where they need professional guidance in several areas including cataloging, exhibit design, exhibit programming and more. I am excited to join the team and use my archaeological background and work experience to facilitate this project.”
The museum has been closed during the pandemic, but work continues on the extensive renovations to the Witherspoon building. Crews have been in the building working on everything from framing, drywall, floors, painting, electrical and sprinkler systems and installation of the elevator.
“Things are moving along nicely,” said Cook. “Look for announcement in the near future about a partial opening of the museum. We want the people of Laurens County to see what a great place this is and how it will serve the community.”
Post construction Cook looks forward to using her education and background to design and create new exhibits and develop a teaching curriculum at the museum. Laurens County is steeped in history and the museum’s goal is to bring that to the people.
About the Laurens County Museum
The Laurens County Museum is located at 205 West Laurens Street, Laurens, SC 29360 and the Witherspoon Building, 116 East Main Street, Laurens, SC. For more information please visit the website at www.laurenscountymuseum.org.