Hall of Fame Opens To Much Fanfare

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For eight months, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia has remained closed.


But thanks to a partnership with Northwest Shoals Community College, the Hall of Fame is able to re-open its doors to the public.


At 11am Thursday morning the doors opened, ushering in more than one hundred people, eager to see the changes inside.


“I couldn't be any happier about the result of all our partnerships and outreach, it's just wonderful to see the doors open and the place full again," said Wiley Barnard, the Executive Director of the Hall of Fame.


Barnard says that the changes complement those artifacts already there.


Recent additions to the collection include items from the Drive by Truckers, the Grammy award winning duo "The Civil Wars" and Shoals native Jason Isbell.


"We're adding a lot of new exhibits,” says Barnard. “Granted, we have rearranged a lot thematically and regrouped the genres better, but now we're prepared to move it through the state and make it a real repository for Alabama music."


Eliminated from the State General Fund Budget, the Hall of Fame is relying on the next generation of musicians to attract visitors.


And although the partnership with Northwest Shoals has opened the doors again, Barnard is hoping to go further.


"We will be moving into new fundraising efforts, using them for specific projects rather than operational expenses. We will be identifying new exhibits and going after funding that will specifically address that exhibit."


Closing in on its twenty year anniversary, they hope this new energy; will keep the Alabama Music Hall of Fame open for many more.


The Alabama Music Hall of Fame will be open Thursday through Saturday, from 11-am until 5pm.


Through this Saturday, admission to the Hall of Fame will be free to the public to come check out.

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