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Volume 25 Number 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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Volume 25 Number 2


To visit a prairie today is to walk on hallowed ground, a kind of Holy Grail for those who yearn to revisit the land as it looked before it was remade and reformed by the rushing onslaught of settlement.

 

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Volume 25 Number 1


Jim Gatewood is a Dallas history professor at Richland College. The bestselling author has published over 90 books and manuscripts with over 20 books in print. Join us for good food and fellowship and an interesting program. Bring friends and family. Dr. Gatewood will have the Bonnie & Clyde book available for sale after the program - $20.00

 

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Volume 24 Number 6


Robert Sterling Long, Curator for the Franklin County Historical Association’s Art Collection, will provide information about the works and artists in the FCHA Collection at the Monday, November 4, 2019 regular meeting, to be held at the Cotton Belt Depot Museum.

 

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Volume 24 Number 5


Winner of four national teaching awards, Dr. Paul Benson is a long-time Professor of Humanities at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas and Adjunct Professor at Dallas Baptist University. From his beginning in 1965 as a teacher in the Freedom Schools of rural Alabama run by Tuskegee Institute to his appointment as Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Institute Slavery and the Constitution at the Library of Congress in 2018, Paul Benson has dedicated his career to enriching the lives of others through education.

 

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Volume 24 Number 4


Join us at the Hagansport Community Center on July 1 at 6 p.m. for a special program to be provided by Preston Ware of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Mr. Ware will share the history and importance of music and musical instruments in the early, mid, and late 1800’s. The demonstration will include a bit of historical background and performing examples from instruments such as rhythm bones, jaw harp, jaw bone, French harp, 1820’s fiddle, cigar box fiddle, fretless banjos, bowl back mandolin and early guitar. This will be a fun and interesting program!

 

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Volume 24 Number 3


Due to scheduling conflicts with our featured speaker, the May 6th meeting is being moved to Thursday, May 9th, at 6 p.m., at the Cultural Arts Center. A catered, barbeque dinner will be provided. The program for the evening will be FCHA’s annual Civil War Journal Banquet.

 

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Volume 24 Number 2


Shellie O’Neal has long been inspired by the life and work of Fanny Crosby: she first learned of Mrs. Crosby in a Sunday School class when she was 7 years old. Thirty-one years later, while Shellie was writing a children’s religious play, she encountered Fanny’s story again and felt God leading her to write a play she could perform about this remarkable woman. O’Neal penned this play after conducting research which culminated in a trip to New York City, where she visited the New York Institution for the Blind where Crosby received her education and served as a teacher.

 

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Volume 24 Number 1


Kerry Jones, U.S. National Park Service “The Life of Colonel H.C. Thruston”. Jones will be discussing the Battle of Pea Ridge - where many soldiers from what is now Franklin County fought, and many died - and Colonel Henry Clay Thruston who was wounded at the Battle of Pea Ridge, before coming to Franklin County as a farmer, and living here the rest of his life.

 

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Volume 23 Number 6


The Orphan Train By Teela Hurt. Teela will be speaking on the Orphan Train Movement, which relocated children from New York City to towns in 47 states across the nation from 1854 until 1929, when the last train brought three children to Sulphur Springs.

 

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