There were lots of photographers at the Save Our Museum Rally this morning and I was glad to be among them. I don’t pretend to be a good photographer. I just take pictures. Sometimes I get lucky. Usually not. But, at least, there are pictures. I have posted mine at http://onthesquare.shutterfly.com/. If you find more photos posted on the web, please let me know and I’ll post the link for everyone. Eric Anugraham Photography was one of the photographers at the rally and he is willing to share his photos but I don’t know that he is going to post them on the web. He said that anyone interested in seeing his pictures should feel free to contact him. The Internet being what it is, I don’t want to post his e-mail address in a blog post but it is available on his web site at http://www.ericanugrahamphoto.com/. His phone is 972-248-6471 (posted with his permission).
WFAA, Channel 8, was on hand and I am hoping they got some good footage. I asked when they were going to show the segment. He answered. Unfortunately, I really honestly can’t remember the answer. 6? 10? But these are the days of the Internet and 24 hours news.
Here is a link to Steve Stoler’s article from yesterday:
I don’t see any video posted yet but I will check back and post a link if I find one.
There was a great brass band on the steps that played for at least an hour, possibly more. The exhibits are great and the museum has really changed a lot since the last time I was in there (for the better). There was something surreal about seeing all the costumed re-enactors studying the various exhibits talking about our area’s role in the war.
For my part, I checked out the gift shop and found a real treat. “Scrapbook of Traditions, Annals and History: Collin County from 1846 to 1880, The George Pearis Brown Papers”. Just going off my recollection of what these are (because I haven’t had time to sit down and really absorb the book), this book is the result of one man sitting down with residents of Collin County and recording their story. I saw the original papers back when I volunteered at the museum years ago. It boggles my mind that they let us handle them but, as I recall, they were toying with transcribing them back then. Today, the Library of Congress is doing what Mr. Brown did so long ago. I thought it was called “The American Story Board” but my Google gives me “America’s Story”. http://www.americaslibrary.gov/ There is a similar project that airs on NPR called StoryCorps (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4516989). How much ahead of his time was Mr. Brown to have thought to have done this when he did, in the 1930’s?
A copy of this book is available in the North Texas History Center’s gift shop and can be purchased on-line at http://www.northtexashistorycenter.org/cgi-bin/shop/updates.pl. There are stories of ex-slaves, of regular men on the street … of really anyone who came across Mr. Brown’s path. These histories are specific to here – old churches that existed, businesses, ways of life that are now long gone.
If you couldn’t make it to the rally today, I encourage you to check out this book in their gift shop. Or you could just send them some cash. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind.