Delivering the first "Painted Pew" to the museum is Fairfield High School's Art and Drama teacher, Susan Walsh. The pews were donated to the museum by the Post Oak Baptist Church.

     The new "Paint the Pews" project is a collaboration between fine art students at Fairfield High School and the Freestone County Historical Museum.  Patricia Pratt, curator, says, "We are very excited to involve these students in this partnership."  "Hopefully, we can inspire our youth to appreciate the diverse history of Freestone County."

     The project is being underwritten with funds from the Operation Round-Up Program of the Navarro County Electric Cooperative of Corsicana, Texas.

     The Fairfield Recorder donated archive books from 1925 through 2000s to FCHM in September.  The archive books have one edition from each week of the specified years.  The museum is VERY GRATEFUL for this generous gift.  Pictured are from left:  Linda Mullen, Curator Patricia Pratt; Publisher Richard Nelson; Nancy Rula, and Brad Pullin.  Photo by April Walker.

A new quilt, made from men's silk ties and suit linings, was donated to our collections from Jo Olive Watson Turner Zickhur.

(All photos on this page provided by Linda Mullen unless otherwise noted.)

The metal building on the back of our property, which houses the Whitaker patrol car and the Emmon's Art Car, along with the newly restored fire truck, was just closed in the first week in May 2017 by McLeod Construction of Fairfield. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL to Don McLeod for donating his time and completing the enclosure at cost!!!  THANK YOU DON!!!

Bill Green and Carroll Embry drove the 1936 newly restored Fairfield fire truck back to the museum from Mr. Green's shop on Wednesday, May  17th at 1:00 pm.   Don Thornton is riding in the back.

Mr. Green and Mr. Embry, along with Steve White, donated their time in repairing the fire truck.  The original engine is still in tact and was only cleaned to get it back into running condition.  Mrs. Sharon Embry reupholstered the seats and added the gold lettering on the side that says "Fairfield Fire Department".   Curator, Patricia Pratt, awarded all three men certificates on June  8th on behalf of the Museum.  June 12th the fire truck was one of the leading items in the 2017 Freestone County Parade.  Carroll Embry was the driver while Bill Green operated the siren.  Riders were Patricia Pratt, Sharon Embry, Peggy Sue Lindloff, Sid Ivy, and Linda Mullen.

     A new online fundraising event was created to help celebrate the 50 Year Anniversary.      

     By donating $50 for 50 years of service, the museum hopes to raise the needed funds to get the old jail restoration project back in action.

     Lesser amounts are accepted as well; it all adds up and every dollar counts!

     Early 1900s tractor pulled road maintainer was returned to the museum Oct. 2017 after a long stay at the Precinct barn.  After numerous repairs on the grounds were completed, Andy Bonner, County Commissioner, had the road grader returned to its previous home and is now on display once again for all to enjoy.

     Jimmy Day operated the maintainer in its early years, while Buddy Day operated the tractor.                                                                               (photo by Linda Mullen)