Much excitement surrounds the Stephenville Historical Museum these days. The support Stephenville and beyond has shown for the Oxford House Preservation Project has been heartening to the efforts to save and preserve the history of our town and county. As most know, the lower level of the Queen Anne Victorian house has been moved to the museum grounds. It had to be moved in two pieces, but weíre in the process of setting the piers underneath for the foundation. It will soon be put back together.
The top floor will be moved in April. The historic home is destined to be a great anchor for both the museum grounds and the wonderful Bosque River Walk trail. There have been many dedicated people who have donated their time and talents to making this dream come true. A big thank you also goes to John Beverly and Rob Parnell (architects), Charlie Gillespie (engineer), Ross Sarles (insurance), Ken Leatherwood (surveyor), and Garrett Dickey (home improvement) for their many hours of pro bono professional services.
Phase II will soon be launched. Needed will be carpenters, plumbers, electricians, landscapers and much more. Contact the museum office at 965-5880 to get involved with your communityís museum.
A big welcome goes out to four new members of the Board of Directors for the Stephenville Historical Museum. Kate Barton is a local mom with two little boys. She also serves as treasurer for the Friends of the Stephenville Public Library. Edwina Ferguson grew up in Erath County and has a lot of experience working with antiques. James Pylant, a long-time professional genealogist, brings his expertise in research and understanding of archival documents. Melvin Senter is a man of many talents in construction. These four newbies round out the 15-member board that also includes: Robin Ritchie-President, Dana Adams-Vice President, Dianne Wilson-Secretary, Dorothy Farrar-Treasurer, Garrett Dickey, Chichi Fambro, Sherri Knight, Dr. Russell Pfau, Wayne Sherrod, Cindy Shipman, and Dan Young.
The newly-created Friends of the Stephenville Historical Museum had their first organizational meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd. Several members attended along with Reverend Suzie Robertson via iphone. Officers for the executive board were elected: Sandra Lee-President, David Houghton-Vice-President, Stephanie Winnett-Secretary, Elaine Smith-Treasurer. Joyce Whitis, Reverend Suzie Robertson, Pat Patterson and Dianne Porter Wilson round out the members of the board. The attendees voted to have quarterly meetings and were given an opportunity to tell the group their vision and hopes for the future of the museum. The main purpose was set to support the endeavors of the museum, both the Oxford House Project and annual events such as By-Gone Days on the Bosque and Camp Pioneer for children.
Itís almost time for the Native & Heirloom Plant Fair on the museum grounds, 525 E. Washington St. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 2nd, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. This annual free outdoor event will feature native and adapted plants, herbs and vegetables, arts and crafts, fresh produce, demonstrations and speakers. Booths will be set up throughout the grounds to provide food and fun for all.
Sherri Knight is a director of the Stephenville Museum. As a research writer, she has two published books: Tom Pís Fiddle and Vigilantes to Verdicts. Her column will appear on the fourth Sunday of every month.