Behind Her All
Graham's Miss North Carolina
The Jeanne Swanner Exhibit
Your invitation to visit!
We'd love for you to see it!
A permanent exhibit in the
Graham Historical Museum
135 W. Elm Street, Graham, NC
Sponsored by the Graham Historical Society
Back in 1963-64, the people of Graham, North Carolina celebrated their
beloved hometown when local girl Jeanne Swanner was crowned the 1963 Miss
North Carolina. Over 400 Graham citizens traveled to Atlantic City for the
Miss America Pageant where Jeanne was awarded the Miss Congeniality title
by the highest margin of the votes in the Pageant's history.
The Behind Her all the Way
exhibit symbolizes a community united together - a place where dreams can
come true with love, support and good home town values.
It is a tribute to what
people in Graham did for one of their own when Miss Graham won the title
of Miss North Carolina in 1963 and went on to become Miss Congeniality in
the Miss America Pageant. Gowns, crowns, photographs and 6'2"Jeanne's
ukulele are among items on display along with detailed chronicles of the
more than 500 appearances she made that year.
Much more than a beauty queen's memorabilia, the exhibit provides a look
at small town America in the early sixties when beauty pageants were
extremely popular in the South, and North Carolina hosted the largest Miss
America state pageant in the nation. (84 contestants)
The exhibit opened forty years to the day when Jeanne was crowned Miss NC.
The Graham Historical Museum
is open most Sunday afternoons,
by appointment or ... when the flag is out!