Permanent Collections

O. Winston Link Collection

The William King Museum of Art acquired a collection of O. Winston Link photographs focused on the Norfolk and Western project and the last days of steam operation on the N&W Railway in the late 1950s. In this collection, the photographer captured more than trains and rail operations. These images taken by O. Winston Link are vignettes into the history and sociology of our region.

Currently, WKMA has select O. Winston Link photographs on view in the Cultural Heritage Archive on the Third Level.

The O. Winston Link Museum
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 Fields-Penn House

208 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210

The William King Museum of Art has many items from its permanent collection on display throughout the Town of Abingdon’s Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum. History comes to life through guided tours that interpret the lifestyles of the home’s nineteenth-century families. Brick mason James Fields employed Georgian, Italianate, and Greek Revival architectural details in the home’s construction. The parlor, dining room, and bedchambers have been decorated to characterize nineteenth-century family-life in Southwest Virginia.

The Fields-Penn House displays many objects original to the home as well as important examples of decorative arts made in the region and acquired by the William King Museum of Art. These items were originally documented through the William King Museum of Art Cultural Heritage Project, which seeks to preserve the artistic legacy of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Developed in 1994, the Cultural Heritage Project to record objects made by hand in the region prior to 1940 in an effort to foster an appreciation of the region’s role in American material culture. To date, over 2,000 examples of regional material culture have been photographed and documented by project fieldworkers.  Since 2011, the William King Museum of Art has maintained the Betsy K. White Cultural Heritage Archive and Research Center, which makes the documentary records from the project available for all researchers interested in this region’s material culture.

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