Permanent Collections

O. Winston Link Collection

owlThe 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.

The O. Winston Link photographs will be on view in the spring of 2017 at the Findlay House on Pecan Street in Abingdon, VA.

The O. Winston Link Museum
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Cultural Heritage

Second floor lobby

These items on display 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 records 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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