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Second Quarter 2023

VOL:
30
NUM:
2

I’d like to take a few lines to introduce myself formally to the Franklin County His-torical Association again – again, because this is my second stint working for the organiza-tion though the first time was less formally in the late 1990s when I was employed as one of B.F. Hicks’ high school student workers.

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First Quarter 2023

VOL:
29
NUM:
1

The end of every year seems to bring endings and new beginnings. It is true for me, as I will be retiring as office manager of FCHA at the end of this year; however, I will continue as a member of the Board of Directors. It

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Fourth Quarter 2022

VOL:
27
NUM:
4

There is so much news to share that I hardly know where to begin. It has been a very busy end to the summer. There are big doings going on at the Cotton Belt Depot property. You may have noticed that the log cabin has been moved from the Parchman Visitor’s Center and relocated to the Depot grounds.

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Third Quarter 2022

VOL:
27
NUM:
3

The summer days are long and hot, yet FCHA has been busy maintaining our properties. The next time you’re in town, you’ll notice a spiffed-up version of the Cotton Belt Depot. The building has a new roof, the exterior powerwashed and new steps have been added at the front entrance.

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Second Quarter 2022

VOL:
27
NUM:
2

Happy spring to all! If you’ve never experienced our Dupree Park walking trails, now is the perfect time to get out there and enjoy the bountiful displays of nature. The 58-acre trail is marked with over 60 guide posts so that you may easily navigate through the park.

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First Quarter 2022

VOL:
27
NUM:
1

This year has been one of relentless upheaval and uncertainty in every aspect of our lives whether it’s health, work, school, or travel; however, in the midst of all the turmoil your loyalty to FCHA has been unwavering.

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October 2021

VOL:
26
NUM:
3

FCHA’s top priority is guaranteeing the safety of each member of our community, our audiences, our committed docent team, and their families. As a public institution, we also are mindful of our responsibilities of best public health practices.

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August 1, 2021

VOL:
26
NUM:
2

The past year has been one of the most challenging of our lifetime, having lost family and friends, and perhaps, even our businesses to COVID-19. On behalf of FCHA, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your continued membership and support during this devastating pandemic. I am in awe of the number of membership renewals we have received. We appreciate each and every one of you!

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March 1, 2021

VOL:
26
NUM:
1

What a difference a year makes. We’d all love to go back to 2019 when everyone was blissfully unaware of Covid-19 and where such things as social distancing, zoom meetings and murder hornets were foreign to us. Most importantly, we yearn to have our loved ones back who lost their lives to the horrific virus. Sadly, we report the passing of several who have contributed greatly to our organization. J. D. and Iris Baumgardner, Libby Milton and Robert Long. They were all vibrant volunteers in our community for many years and will truly be missed. We express our sincere condolences to their families.

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June 1, 2020

VOL:
25
NUM:
3

As many of you know, FCHA was compliant with Governor Abbott’s orders to close our museums at the end of March due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. So far as I know, that is the first time in the history of our organization this has happened. Our museums will remain closed through the end of May, and FCHA board will reassess our situation at that time and make a decision on re-opening and having meetings going forward. Until further notice, office hours at the Parchman House Visitor’s Center are 8 a.m. until 12 noon, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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