By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
The Chickasaw County Historical and Genealogical Society will soon have a brand new place to proudly present and display the history of the community.
Construction of the society’s new museum and office at Joe Brigance Park has begun with the footings set and framing almost complete. The Historical Society hopes to have the building open to the pubic at the Fall Flywheel Festival Sept. 28-29.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but are so proud of where we are at this point,” said Historic Society President Larry Davis. “This will be a very nice addition to our county and will draw people from all over the state and country.”
Davis said the museum has outgrown its location west of town and the new building will be much more accessible to the public.
Phase Two is the construction of a 1,600-square-foot building that will house research and historical records as well as artifacts and exhibits. It will be located just north of the Ag Museum that currently houses farm equipment and ag-related items with historical significance.
So far this year the Chickasaw Museum has seen more than a dozen families come to Houston to research their genealogy and visit the courthouse and local cemeteries.
“These people come from as far away as California and Chicago,” said Davis. “They spend a couple of days in town, stay at a local motel, buy gas and food and hopefully leave with a desire to come back or at least tell others what we have to offer.”
Davis thanked those who have already made a donation to the museum, but he said more still needs to be done.
“Sheriff Jimmy Simmons has helped us get inmate labor and Supervisor Wolfie King has been a big help, too,” said Davis. “Keith Reese took some big pine trees we cut off this property and has sawn them into lumber for these buildings. It has really been a community effort.”
The Historical Society mailed letters this spring seeking donations and is still soliciting financial support.
“We get no government money,” said Davis. “This is being built by the good people of Chickasaw County for the good people of Chickasaw County.”
The Historical Society is a 501-c-3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
The Chickasaw County Historical and Genealogical Society meets each third Thursday night at the old County Extension building at 731 West Church Street.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and prospective members and those interested in local history are urged to attend.
The Historic Society has also embarked on restoration and upgrade of the Okolona Cemetery and Civil War graves found there. A Civil War re-enactment of skirmishes in the area is being planned.
The Chickasaw County Historical amp& Genealogical Society, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization established to preserve historical documents, artifacts, photographs and anything that pertains to the history of Chickasaw County.
Donations to the Phase Two museum fundraiser can be mailed to Chickasaw County Historical Society, P.O. Box 42, Houston, MS 38851.
Any money left over from this fundraising drive will be used for Phase Three of the museum complex.
For more information about the Chickasaw Historic Society please contact Davis, via email at, email@example.com.