By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – A dream that began more than 30 years ago has opened its doors to Chickasaw County.
The Chickasaw County Genealogical and Historical Society hosted a two-hour preview of the Chickasaw Museum in Joe Brigance Park and opened the doors for the first time at last weekend’s Flywheel Festival.
“We really are proud of this facility and when we first started planning it, I would have never thought it would have turned out this beautiful,” said Historical Society President Larry Davis. “A lot of people from all across Chickasaw County worked a long time and very hard to make this building happen.”
The museum is a large two-room structure with an office and genealogical research center on the south side and an exhibit room, complete with display cases and four walls filled with artifacts.
“We really do have a lot of very nice exhibits that tell a lot about the history of Chickasaw County,” said Davis. “We hope people will use this facility and drop by to see what we offer.”
The museum is the second phase of a three-phase plan for the Historical Society.
“We now have roughly 2,900 square feet of display space,” said Davis. “The Ag Barn just south of the museum is about 2,000 square feet, the museum has 800 square feet and the blacksmith shop is about 100 square feet.”
He said Phase III will add more exhibit space to the museum.
That building will be constructed on property north of the museum.
The Historical Society had been located in a county building on Airport Road and had outgrown that space.
Davis said the museum will be manned by volunteers and they are working on developing scheduled hours.
“This really does belong to the community,” said Davis. “The community built it, they have helped furnish it and they will staff it and make it the success I know it will be.”