FREESTONE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The FCHM is proud to announce the "Painted Pew Program". The pews were donated to the museum by the Post Oak Baptist Church many years ago and were in need of new paint.
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. (photos by Patricia Pratt, April Walker, Linda Mullen)
The Fairfield Recorder donated archive books from 1925 through 2000s to the museum. Also The Teauge Chronicle has donated archive books from 1908 through the 1940s, as well as numerous photographs. The archive books have one edition from each week of the specified years. The museum is VERY GRATEFUL for these generous gifts. Pictured are from left: Linda Mullen, Curator Patricia Pratt; Publisher Richard Nelson; Nancy Rula, and Brad Pullin. (Photo by April Walker)
Local artisan, Rebbecca Shanks, has restored the bottoms of several chairs on display at the museum. These chairs once had hide bottoms and are thought to have been made locally in the Donie chair factory.
Old "Betsy" rides again in the 2018 Freestone County Fair Parade.
The 1936 fire truck was driven by Carroll Embry with Bill Green in the passenger seat and “manning” the siren on Monday June 11th. Our guests this year were Mrs. Sharon Embry and her 90 year old uncle, Lawson Simpson. Also on board were the Moody Bradley House’s Women’s History Club’s Miss Trinity Star, Kinsley Neville and her sister, Raylinn Nevill, the Little Miss Trinity Star Princess. Their mother, Sara Nevill and sister, Harper Nevill accompanied them.
(photo provided by April Walker, Fairfield Recorder)
Thanks to a grant this summer from the Tocker Foundation and the UNT Texas Digital Newspaper Program; historic issues of The Fairfield Recorder, The Teague Chronicle, and Wortham Journal will be digitized. Tammy Gawryszewski, Fairfield Library Board member, was instrumental in obtaining the grant for the project.
The digital newspapers will then be preserved and hosted on the Portal to Texas History for free public access.
Pictured above are Patricia Pratt - curator, Linda Mullen, Nancy Rula, Muriel Morton, Don Awalt, Sherrie Minze - museum board members; Tammy Gawryszewski- Library Board; and Brad Pullin - museum board. (l-r)
(Photo provided by April Walker, The Fairfield Recorder)
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.
(all photos unless otherwise noted are by Linda Mullen, Freestone Co Historical Museum)
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