Curator to be featured on national radio show

Published 10:06 pm Thursday, September 25, 2008

Isle of Wight County Museum Curator Tracey Neikirk is scheduled to be a guest on the Jay Thomas Radio Show at 5:35 p.m. Thursday on Sirius Satellite Radio, Stars Channel 102.

The program features a segment called Holiday Road Tour, which highlights interesting places to visit across the country. Neikirk will discuss the museum’s reopening on Nov. 15 as well as some of the more notable items in the museum’s collection.

One of the museum’s most notorious artifacts is the world’s oldest, edible cured ham from 1902 which exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process.

In October 2006, a nor’easter brought heavy downpours which left many pieces of southeastern Virginia underwater. The museum’s basement was flooded. Much of the building’s structure was damaged, and the collection suffered extensive damage. The community and members from the Virginia Association of Museums donated many hours to assist with clean-up, storage and conservation. The museum is preparing for its grand reopening on Nov. 15.

For more information, contact the museum at 356-1014.