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Museum to feature programs on Gloria Vanderbilt, ‘Downton Abbey’

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SELMA — The Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum will kick off its summer program series with a tribute to the late Gloria Vanderbilt at “Sweet Tea and Spicy Talk” at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Vanderbilt, who died on June 17 at age 95, was an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress and socialite. She was a member of the Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

According to Eric Jackson, museum historian and host of the event, Gloria Vanderbilt was an American icon.

“Gloria Vanderbilt, a member the American dynasty family, was a fashion and cultural dynamo,” said Jackson. “Her death last month was mourned by millions. Her life was one of highs and lows, but throughout it, she remained positive.”

Jackson called the program “a community event designed to bring our neighbors together for cold iced tea, cookies, conversation and fellowship.”

“We plan to hold a talk that we think is of historical importance each Wednesday in July at 11 a.m. at the museum,” Jackson explained. “This is the second year of this event that was so popular we decided to bring it back.”

The series will continue July 17 with “The Real Downton Abbey” followed by “To the Moon and Back” on July 24, a look at the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon in July 1969 and July 31 with “Drugstore Cowboys,” a tribute to movie cowboys.

The museum is located at 104 W. Anderson St. in uptown Selma. For more information, call 919-333-4899 or email