Progress on the museum is moving forward slowly, but it’s still moving forward! One side of the building has a floor, and most all the electrical and plumbing fixtures are in. The cold weather has stalled the work on the exhibits a bit, but it will start picking up this week.
Kendall Milton grew up in the Richardson area of Dallas. She attended Texas State University-San Marcos and received both her BA in History and her MA in Public History there. She has worked as a curatorial intern at the Sam Rayburn House Museum in Bonham and as curator of the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College in Hillsboro. She currently lives in Mesquite and is excited to be the new museum manager for the Spellman Museum of Forney History as the it nears completion of a years-long renovation and design project.
If you’ve driven by the new buildings lately, you can see that the majority of the work on the outside is just about done. The progress on the inside of both buildings has also been substantial. Ceiling fixtures, lights, plumbing, cabinets, and a lot more have been finished with only a few minor touches needed.
Currently, Museum Arts is working on our exhibits. There are some exciting things happening in there but I don’t want to give too much away.
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SPELLMAN MUSEUM SEEKS ARTIFACTS
The Spellman Museum of Forney History will soon have a new home in historic downtown Forney, and items are needed to help tell the story of Forney’s history. Our focus is on the history of the Forney area from the earliest days to about 1973. If you have photos or artifacts of museum quality that would help preserve our town’s legacy, please contact us now. Exhibits are being planned.
Native American Culture, Pioneer Days, Railroad, Surveying, Hay, Cotton, Onions Kitchen from 1920’s, Medical, Churches, Schools, Military Service, Early Businesses, Vintage Clothing, and more.
Contacts: Sarah Harp 214-440-2166
Charles Beason 214-686-1256
Don Themer 972-564-6822
Documents and photos may be scanned.
We can pick up large items.
Photos of sample artifacts needed: Old farm wagon, spinning wheel, cast iron cook stove, candle molds
As you may have noticed, there’s a lot of dust flying over at our two buildings. The brickwork on the outside is just about done, and the facades are going in. Some of the brick on the inside is being redone as well, so we’ll have exposed brick walls after the buildings are finished.
The storage room is looking good. It will be rated as a 4-hour storage room, meaning that if a fire were to start in the museum, the items inside the storage room will be safe for up to four hours so the firemen have time to get there. Since they’re only a couple of blocks away, I hope it won’t take them four hours to get there, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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Craig has started on the buildings again this week. Currently he’s interviewing contractors, but soon we’ll be seeing DUST FLY. Head over to his page to look at the slideshow he did for the building across the street, 211 S. Bois d’Arc. Amazing transformation!
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Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Craig has been working hard and look how far he’s gotten. The next step is to see how well the plaster comes off the brick on the top of each building. We’re not sure if that brick can be saved, but we’re hoping it can.
The demolition by Craig Randall is finished. Except for some support structures and a few other odds and ends, both buildings are completely gutted.
Here is a photo gallery of what the buildings look like now. We’re still inserting labels though, so give us a little time to finish up on those.