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)
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.
The Freestone County Historical Museum is very honored to be selected by the Chamber of Commerce as the 2019 Civic Organization of the Year. Sheriff Jeremy Shipley presented the award to Patricia Pratt -curator, Sherrie Minze, Linda Mullen, Ralph Billings, and Leslie Tate- board members, at the annual Chamber Awards Banquet on Jan. 24th. (photo provided by Freestone County Times)
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)
Mrs. Lurline (Chavers) Tisdale recently donated the Post Oak Baptist Church piano to the Freestone County Historical Museum. The piano is a 1904 W. W. Kimball Company upright which graced the halls of the church for many of the church’s 90 plus year existence (1878-1968). The Post Oak Community is about 4 miles southeast of Fairfield on FM 1580. For many years locals referred to this road as the Post Oak Road.
The Chavers & Richardson families spent many hours in front of this prized piano as a part of the “Post Oak Quartet”, which was quite famous in its day. They traveled around singing at other churches, singing conventions, memorials and special entertainments. The quartet was composed of Lurline’s sisters, Martha (Chavers) Harrison and Ruth (Chavers) Moore; along with sisters Mildred (Richardson) Burkhart, Imogene (Richardson) Orand. Their pianist was Mrs. Fred (Autie) Richardson, mother of Mildred and Imogene; and not to mention that their father was song leader of the church. These teenage girls in the mid-1930s and 40s were urged and encouraged by their Post Oak Pastor, Brother R. L. Ryburn, to sing gospel music. At one time the quartet sang on KRLD radio.
The piano joins the podium, several church pews, and Mildred Burkhart’s painting of the church already on display. The museum encourages everyone to stop by and see the Post Oak Collection.
The Freestone County Museum Board is very excited to announce their newest fundraiser: Freestone Past And Present. The complete historical writings of Sheriff J. R. "Sonny" Sessions, Jr. Many thanks goes to the Sessions family for allowing the FCHM to compile his writings into one volume to sell as a fundraiser for the 1881 Jail restoration project.
It is a great book to be treasured for generations to come. Many came back and purchased a second copy.
A book signing was held Dec. 1st. Books were signed by Eric Wood-transcriptionist, Linda Mullen-compiler, and Peggy Sessions. Also Peggy stamped the books with her late husband's signature. Also included the in photograph is Tina Sessions.
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)
Littlejohn House Finds a NEW HOME
The Freestone County Museum board is very excited at the prospects of having an early 1900's farm house from Freestone County moved to our complex. If funding can be found, it will be a great addition to our already existing historic building collection. Currently the house is to be disassembled and placed in storage until more research can be made by the owner.
Mark Thacker AIA is the architect over the project and has already stirred quite a bit of interest on his Facebook with posts about this old house. Some of his comments about the house are, "The house has some of the most amazing geometry I have ever seen in a "farmhouse". Whoever designed the house knew a lot about cross-ventilation and prevailing winds, its an amazing design."
(Photo provided by the Littlejohn Family)
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