City officials will hold a formal opening today (Feb. 14) of the Hall of History, a display of over three dozen historic photographs from around Fayetteville.
The event will be held at 4 p.m. on the third floor of the Fayetteville City Hall building at 113 W. Mountain St. near the square.
Lindsley Smith, the city’s communications director, said some of the photos had been on display inside City Hall before, but were removed a few years ago under previous city administration, possibly to make room for a temporary public art exhibit.
After finding a stack of the photos in a closet inside City Hall late last year, Smith asked around and discovered that the photos had been moved to various city buildings around town – some of which were stacked in closets and others that were hanging in offices.
At the suggestion of several staff members, Smith began an initiative to reunite the photos into a single display.
Smith said she stayed late at work on several nights hauling, cleaning and organizing the photos before having them hung on the third floor.
“I just want the public to be able to enjoy all this history,” she said. “City Hall seemed like a perfect place for that.”
The display will be open during regular City Hall hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.