The museum, housed in the building that previously served as the Welcome Center, will bring all of Shorter's historical collections and artifacts together in a centralized location.
The museum will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The building is located adjacent to the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.
The location change gives the historical collection greater visibility on campus and Rebecca Roberts, museum and archives director, hopes the new location will attract more visitors wishing to learn about Shorter's history. "One of my main goals is to educate students and visitors about Shorter's interesting history. I find that there's something really exciting about bringing history to life, where you just don't talk about it, but you actually get to experience it visually."
Roberts said the museum and archives will hold many collections including documents and records from past presidents.
It will also feature Shorter publications like the student yearbook, literary magazine and newspaper, along with academic catalogues, photographs and artifacts. "We even have a beautiful 19th century dress that belonged to Martha Shorter as part of the artifacts collection," Roberts said.
Roberts said plans include the creation of a reference room where students and visitors can request specific materials and have easy access to items like old yearbooks.
Roberts, appointed as director by Shorter University President Dr. Harold Newman, was previously employed at Shorter as an advising coordinator and assistant director in the Office of Student Engagement and Success. Prior to that position, she worked in the library and Oak Hill Museum at Berry College.
A resident of Rome, Roberts received an undergraduate degree from Berry College in public relations and earned a master's in library and information studies from the University of Alabama.