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News

Tuscaloosa Preservation Society to hold annual open house:
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20121128/NEWS/121129821

Award-winning renovation gives new shine to UA’s historic Gorgas House Museum:
http://uanews.ua.edu/2011/12/award-winning-renovation-gives-new-shine-to-uas-historic-gorgas-house-museum/

A House full of history:
http://dialog.ua.edu/2011/03/a-house-full-of-history/

Historic Gorgas House to undergo renovation:
http://cw.ua.edu/2010/08/25/historic-gorgas-house-to-undergo-renovation/

 

 Museum Newsletter


The University of Alabama Museums publishes a quarterly newsletter, with current research, news, and events.

To view recent issues, click the Chronicle logo (left).

Membership

Supporting the Museums through membership enables you to:
-support educational outreach and publications
-fund classroom supplies and discovery labs
-provide staff support and special museum projects
-sponsor exhibits and collections care

Giving Levels & Benefits

Much of the natural beauty of Alabama is found among its many rivers. To recognize the vital role these rivers play in the making our state unique, the Alabama Museum of Natural History has designated gift membership levels with the names of some of Alabama’s best-known and beloved rivers.
All membership levels are important to the Museum. Each level includes benefits appropriate to that level. We hope you will be as generous as your circumstances allow.

 First Level  Alabama River – $40
– Unlimited admission to:
Moundville Archeological Park
Alabama Museum of Natural History
Gorgas House
Paul W. Bryant Museum
– Membership newsletter
– Discounts on Museum programs and Summer Expedition
– Membership card and decal
– Recognition in newsletter
– Invitations to special member events

Second Level Black Warrior River – $100
– Receive Discovering Alabama video tapes
– 10% discount at The University of Alabama Museum Shops
– Free Museum t-shirt
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Third Level Cahaba River – $250
– Free admission to Moundville Native American Festival
– Unlimited admission to museums for member and 5 guests
– Gift membership for one year at Alabama level
– 20% discount at The University of Alabama Museum Shops
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Fourth Level Coosa River – $500
– Unlimited admission to museums for member and 7 guests
– Book from The University of Alabama Press related to natural history
– Invitation to annual “Museum Leadership” event
– Reduced rental rates for Museums facilities
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Fifth Level Sipsey River – $1,000
– Unlimited admission to museum for member and 10 guests
– Three gift memberships for one year at Black Warrior level
– “Behind the scenes” special event
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Douglas E. Jones Society – $2,500
-Unlimited admission to UA Museums for 12 guests
-Special recognition in Smith Hall Foyer
-Three gift memberships for one year at the Cahaba River Level
-Other benefits as listed in previous level

Eugene Allen Smith Society – $5,000
– Special recognition in Smith Hall foyer
– Special Museum excursion lead by Executive Director of The University of Alabama Museums
– Unlimited admission to museum for member and 15 guests
– Unique gift specifically designed for Eugene Allen Smith Society
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

For more information regarding the University of Alabama Museums membership program, please contact the UA Museums Director of Development, Kelli Harris, at 348-9826 or kharris@ua.edu

Donation

There are many ways to help support the Gorgas House Museum.

One way is through a monetary gift to the Gorgas House Gift Fund. The Gift Fund allows the Museum to further the mission through outreach and educational activities, improvements to the permanent exhibition, development of temporary exhibitions, and the purchase of new collection artifacts and preservation supplies. To make a monetary donation, please visit the University of Alabama Gifting Website.

Another way to make a difference at the Gorgas House Museum is to sponsor the restoration of an artifact at the Museum. Please click here for a list of artifacts in need of restoration.

square grand piano

 

 

 

Click the image to view the preservation story of the Museum’s 1875 Haines Brothers square grand piano.

 

 

 

Finally, the Gorgas House Museum has an ever-changing wish list, with operations, preservation, and educational needs. Financial, artifact, and wish list items can be gifted as a tax deduction. For more information regarding tax deductible gifts, please contact the UA Museums Development Director, Kelli Harris, at 205.348.9826 or kharris@ua.edu.

Volunteering

Current volunteer opportunities:

  • Special Events Volunteer– Assists with preparations for and activities at special events. This may include preparing announcements, setting up or taking down decorations, tables or chairs, serving refreshments, or monitoring the Museum’s use during events.
  • Docent– Greets visitors and gives tours of the Museum.
  • Docent Assistant– Assists tour guides with large group tours.
  • Curriculum Developer– Develop curriculum that can be used for educational programming for all grade levels.
  • Researcher– Research a variety of topics for use in exhibitions or to add to the Gorgas House archive.
  • Or, let us know what ideas you have!

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Gorgas House Museum, please call 205.348.5906 or email gorgashouse@ua.edu

 

Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibition

The Gorgas House Museum has been renovated to its 1890′s condition; shortly after Josiah and Amelia Gorgas moved into the residence. The renovation process involved remodeling to the structure, electrical, plumbing, wood work, plaster, and furniture, to restore it to its original condition, with the exception to a few modern necessities.

The Gorgas family collection comprises the permanent exhibition, showcasing a residence in the 19th century.

 
Gorgas House Blue Prints                                                  Gorgas House Image Gallery

                                           

 

Temporary Exhibitions

 

 

In 2012, the Museum debuted its first temporary exhibition, Panama Hats: Fashion and Fortune. The exhibition featured Dr. William Gorgas, his wife, Marie Doughty, and their connection to Panama.In 2014 the Panama Canal celebrated the centennial anniversary of its opening and the first passage of ships through the canal.
Click the image to view the exhibition as a slideshow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCG at the Canal

In 2014 the Panama Canal celebrated the centennial anniversary of its opening and the first passage of ships through the canal. The Gorgas House Museum celebrated the work of Dr. William Crawford Gorgas as the United States Military’s Chief Sanitation Officer in the Canal Zone with an exhibit during the year.

 

 

 

 

jeff dorm sketch 2In 2013, the Museum featured the collaborative work of an undergraduate art history student in an exhibition, Jefferson  Hall. The exhibition featured artifacts from Jefferson Hall, one of the original dormitories on the University of Alabama campus.
Click the image to view the exhibition as a slideshow.

 

 

 

Upcoming temporary exhibition topics include:

  • Amelia Gayle Gorgas and the burning of Richmond, Virginia
  • Preservation and Restoration at the Gorgas House
  • North and South: the Gorgas Family, the University of Alabama, and the divisions of the Civil War

The Gorgas House Museum welcomes assistance with research for exhibitions, exhibition ideas, as well as the loan of artifacts for exhibition purposes.  Please call 205.348.5906 or email gorgashouse@ua.edu for more information.

Support

Get Involved

Donating to the Gorgas House Museum

Membership in the University of Alabama Museums

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Special Events Volunteer– Assists with preparations for and activities at special events. This may include preparing announcements, setting up or taking down decorations, tables or chairs, serving refreshments, or monitoring the Museum’s use during events.
  • Docent– Greets visitors and gives tours of the Museum.
  • Docent Assistant– Assists tour guides with large group tours.
  • Curriculum Developer– Develop curriculum that can be used for educational programming for all grade levels.
  • Researcher– Research a variety of topics for use in exhibitions or to add to the Gorgas House archive.
  • Or, let us know what ideas you have!

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Gorgas House Museum, please call 205.348.5906 or email gorgashouse@ua.edu

 

Donate

There are many ways to help support the Gorgas House Museum.

One way is through a monetary gift to the Gorgas House Gift Fund. The Gift Fund allows the Museum to further the mission through outreach and educational activities, improvements to the permanent exhibition, development of temporary exhibitions, and the purchase of new collection artifacts and preservation supplies.

To make a monetary donation, please visit the University of Alabama Gifting Website.

Another way to make a difference at the Gorgas House Museum is to sponsor the restoration of an artifact at the Museum. Please click here for a list of artifacts in need of restoration.

square grand piano

 

 

Click the image to view the preservation story of the Museum’s 1875 Haines Brothers square grand piano.

 

 

 

Finally, the Gorgas House Museum has an ever-changing wish list, with operations, preservation, and educational needs. Financial, artifact, and wish list items can be gifted as a tax deduction. For more information regarding tax deductible gifts, please contact the UA Museums Development Director, Kelli Harris, at 205.348.9826 or kharris@ua.edu.

 

 

Membership in the University of Alabama Museums:

Supporting the Museums through membership enables you to:
-support educational outreach and publications
-fund classroom supplies and discovery labs
-provide staff support and special museum projects
-sponsor exhibits and collections care

Giving Levels & Benefits

Much of the natural beauty of Alabama is found among its many rivers. To recognize the vital role these rivers play in the making our state unique, the Alabama Museum of Natural History has designated gift membership levels with the names of some of Alabama’s best-known and beloved rivers.
All membership levels are important to the Museum. Each level includes benefits appropriate to that level. We hope you will be as generous as your circumstances allow.

 First Level  Alabama River – $40
– Unlimited admission to:
Moundville Archeological Park
Alabama Museum of Natural History
Gorgas House
Paul W. Bryant Museum
– Membership newsletter
– Discounts on Museum programs and Summer Expedition
– Membership card and decal
– Recognition in newsletter
– Invitations to special member events

Second Level Black Warrior River – $100
– Receive Discovering Alabama video tapes
– 10% discount at The University of Alabama Museum Shops
– Free Museum t-shirt
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Third Level Cahaba River – $250
– Free admission to Moundville Native American Festival
– Unlimited admission to museums for member and 5 guests
– Gift membership for one year at Alabama level
– 20% discount at The University of Alabama Museum Shops
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Fourth Level Coosa River – $500
– Unlimited admission to museums for member and 7 guests
– Book from The University of Alabama Press related to natural history
– Invitation to annual “Museum Leadership” event
– Reduced rental rates for Museums facilities
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Fifth Level Sipsey River – $1,000
– Unlimited admission to museum for member and 10 guests
– Three gift memberships for one year at Black Warrior level
– “Behind the scenes” special event
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

Douglas E. Jones Society – $2,500
-Unlimited admission to UA Museums for 12 guests
-Special recognition in Smith Hall Foyer
-Three gift memberships for one year at the Cahaba River Level
-Other benefits as listed in previous level

Eugene Allen Smith Society – $5,000
– Special recognition in Smith Hall foyer
– Special Museum excursion lead by Executive Director of The University of Alabama Museums
– Unlimited admission to museum for member and 15 guests
– Unique gift specifically designed for Eugene Allen Smith Society
– Other benefits as listed in previous level

For more information regarding the University of Alabama Museums membership program, please contact the UA Museums Director of Development, Kelli Harris, at 348-9826 or kharris@ua.edu

 

Collections

The Gorgas House Museum was occupied by the Gorgas family from 1879 -1953.  Within the following year, The Gorgas Memorial Board and the University of Alabama Board of Trustees petitioned the state legislature to have the building dedicated as a museum in memory of the Gorgas family.

With such a quick succession to a Museum in 1954, and with Gorgas family support, the Gorgas House has a significant collection of Gorgas family artifacts and memorabilia. Most pieces in the Museum are from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Gallery of Selected Collection Images 

If you have an artifact related to the Gorgas family or Gorgas House history, please consider donating it to the Museum. We are always looking for artifacts that will help us share the experience of life in the 1800’s, the Gorgas family legacy, or the many uses of the Gorgas House Museum structure.

 

 

 

Contact

The Gorgas House Museum is open Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Physical Address:

810 Capstone Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


Mailing Address:

The University of Alabama Museums
Gorgas House Museum
Box 870340
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


Phone:
(205) 348-5906


Fax:
(205) 348-9292


Email:
gorgashouse@ua.edu

 

 

 

Teacher Resources

The following lesson plans were developed with funds provided by a U. S. Department of Education grant for the Teaching American History Program (TAHP), Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All lessons are aligned with the Alabama Course of Study.


Teaching American History Program:

The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history. Grant awards will assist LEAs, in partnership with entities that have content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative and cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs will improve instruction and raise student achievement.


Tuscaloosa During the Civil War Newspaper Project
Lesson Plan Grade Levels: 4th, 5th, and/or 10th grades

Learning to appreciate architecture and the need for preservation through Gorgas House
Lesson Plan Grade Levels:  Adaptable for grades 10-12

Great Gorgas Geocache
Lesson Plan Grade Levels: Any, 7th (Objectives below are for 7th grade)

Learning about the Gorgas House- A Scavenger Hunt
Lesson Plan Grade Levels: Grade 4

A Historical Fieldtrip of Tuscaloosa
Lesson Plan Grade Levels:  5th and 6th grades

William C. Gorgas- a mini DBQ
Lesson Plan Grade Levels: Grades 11-12