Glencoe Museum unveils John N. Dalton exhibit

From left, family members Ted Dalton, Callie Dalton, David Mika, Kathy Dalton Mika, Col. John Phillips, Former First Lady Edwina Dalton Phillips, Mary Dalton Baril, Tom Kasvin, Beth Dalton and John N. Dalton Jr. were all in attendance for the unveiling of former Governor Dalton’s exhibit at the Glencoe Museum. (Photo courtesy of Scott Gardiner)
From left, family members Ted Dalton, Callie Dalton, David Mika, Kathy Dalton Mika, Col. John Phillips, Former First Lady Edwina Dalton Phillips, Mary Dalton Baril, Tom Kasvin, Beth Dalton and John N. Dalton Jr. were all in attendance for the unveiling of former Governor Dalton’s exhibit at the Glencoe Museum. (Photo courtesy of Waggaman Photography)

RADFORD — On March 28, the Radford Heritage Foundation unveiled its new exhibit, “Governor Dalton: John N. Dalton and Virginia’s Political Transformation” at Glencoe Museum and Gallery. Members of the Dalton family, including former Virginia First Lady Edwina Dalton Phillips and Governor Dalton’s four children Kathy Dalton Mika, Ted Dalton, John Dalton Jr. and Mary Dalton Baril were present for the festivities. Members of the Radford Heritage Foundation and special guests were invited to meet the Dalton family and to see the new exhibit.

The Governor Dalton exhibit received rave reviews from members of the Dalton family and guests, who were all filled with memories of Governor Dalton as a husband, father, friend, community member, leader and warm and caring person. The unveiling was a time to remember and honor one of Radford’s most illustrious citizens.

Former First Lady Edwina Dalton Phillips shares a laugh with State Del. Joseph Yost (R-Pearisburg). (Photo courtesy of Scott Gardiner)
Former First Lady Edwina Dalton Phillips shares a laugh with State Del. Joseph Yost (R-Pearisburg). (Photo courtesy of Waggaman Photography)

Photo courtesy of Waggaman Photography

The exhibit, which charts the life and career of John N. Dalton and the political scene of mid-20th century Virginia, was the product of countless hours of time cataloging materials from the late Governor’s collection, researching the life of the Governor and designing the display.

The text of the exhibit was researched and written by Dr. Ron Kolenbrander and Scott Gardner with help from former intern Jacob Hedrick. Graphic designer James Harman designed the panels for the display.

The unveiling was a great success thanks to the help of the Radford Heritage Foundation Board of Directors and many dedicated volunteers.

John R. Dalton (1931-1986) called Radford his home for much of his life. His first bid for political office occurred in 1965 when he ran for a seat in the House of Delegates, representing Montgomery County and Radford. The Republican won the election and was elected for three more consecutive terms. In 1972, he won a special election to the Virginia Senate. (Submitted photo)
John R. Dalton (1931-1986) called Radford his home for much of his life. His first bid for political office occurred in 1965 when he ran for a seat in the House of Delegates, representing Montgomery County and Radford. The Republican won the election and was elected for three more consecutive terms. In 1972, he won a special election to the Virginia Senate. (Submitted photo)

Live guitar music was provided by Radford University graduate students, William Krysiek and Andrew Weed. Hethwood Market of Blacksburg catered refreshments. Photographer Linda Waggaman documented the event.

The exhibit is now on display at Glencoe Museum and Gallery. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Radford Heritage Foundation seeks to preserve and promote the history and culture of Radford and the region.

 

— Submitted by Scott Gardner

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