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Museum update given to Lions Club

Despite its closure, there has been a lot of things going on at the Jack County Museum in recent months.

Museum Board Member Harva Kuykendall spoke to the Jacksboro Lions Club Nov. 9 about some of the things going on at the museum in preparations for a re-opening. Work has been ongoing at the “main campus” at 241 W. Belknap for several months now. The campus consists of five buildings, Kuykendall said.

Many of the buildings have authentic items from back in the pioneer days, including a cabin which was moved from the Squaw Mountain area in 1991. The campus also includes an old schoolhouse repurposed with old desks.

An electrical fire back in March has slowed process on the renovations along with the March 21 tornado. New heating and air conditioning units in two buildings on the main campus along with floors and window treatments in the main buildings are coming along. The main campus is also getting a new security system and lighting throughout.

Through a generous donation, the museum now has an annex as well near the main campus named the Judy Rayburn Annex. Once completed the new building will house military artifacts and have a number of themed rooms including one dedicated to Texas 4-Hp, which was born here, Kuykendall explained. The venue is also a possible site for community events as well The museum is working on new signage on all three highways coming to town, all being landscaped and trimmed recently and has a Facebook page with nearly 600 followers. Also helping with museum promotion is getting new marketing materials and brochures as well.

The museum restarted a tradition by having a summer camp last summer. They were hoping for 20 or 30 kids, and ended up having 45 for the two-day event, Kuykendall noted.

The camp was so popular museums board members want to do something for the adults this summer. Kuykendall said This summer’s focus will be military history with focus on World War I, World War II and Jack County’s own Lost Battalion. The success is based on having so many knowledgeable historians in the county who are willing to help, Kuykendall said, The museum is now a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Regional Museum Network which consists of museums in nine area counties which is a great asset, Kuykendall said.

Inothernews,theclub installed two new members, Sandy Peevey and Keely Payne, as part of the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled Nov. 23.

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