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March 21, 2010

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

A busy week at the museum and for Georgia and I at College Station for the annual meeting of Texas Association of Museums.

The museum was active with out of state visitors as well as locals. The open houses (I say houses because I mistakenly typed up two posters, one for the 14th and one for the 21st in error) had good attendance to celebrate the survivors of breast cancer and the educational exhibit BRA TALK. The exhibit will be here until March 31 so if you haven't seen it, come soon.

The deadline is nearly! APRIL 1ST FOR YOUR FAMILY STORIES. DOCUMENT YOUR STORY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE FACES BEHIND THE CENSUS OF 2010 ARE THE STORIES WE INCLUDE IN THIS SECOND VOLUME.

The stories are 400 or less words with only one photograph (fee for more) printed on glossy photo paper to ensure quality (black and white preferred). TYPE DOUBLE SPACED (2 INCHES).

Also remember to renew your membership, we will be mailing out membership information to non-members during April so if you want information, contact us at 806-852-2123. Memberships allow us to operate and develop the museum, our exhibits and programs.

Georgia and I had a good trip to College Station and learned some new tips for the museum. It is always educational to attend these meetings to visit and network with our peers and to learn from the experts. The trip home was a little frightening due to the snow storm. We ran into the eye of the storm and driving was slow and scary with blowing snow, drifts, and ice. It was great to come out of it and see home territory.

HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS

March historical tidbits:
  1. The convention of 1836 adjourned in haste on March 17 because the Mexican army approached the Washington-on-the-Brazos. Our museum group toured the museum at the Washington-on-the-Brazos this week and relived these events. This site is a wonderful state park. A great site for a spring trip.

  2. On March 15, the court martial of Capt. Charles Edward Travis convened at Fort Mason. Charles, son of beloved Alamo hero William Barrett Travis, was born in Alabama in 1829 and reared by his mother and stepfather in New Orleans after his father's death. He moved to Brenham in 1848 and became an attorney and Texas legislator. Travis received a commission as caption in the Second United States Cavalry in 1855. At Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, a fellow officer charged Travis with slander, and he was also charged with cheating at cards and unauthorized absence from camp during a subsequent journey to Texas. At the court-martial at Fort Mason, Travis conducted much of his own defense and pleaded not guilty to "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman." He was pronounced guilty and dismissed from service. After attempts to exonerate himself he died of consumption in 1860.

  3. March 16,1939, Carol O'Brien Sobieski, television and film writer, was born in Chicago, Illinois. When she was five the family moved to the Frying Pan Ranch in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo. In 1964 she was hired as a scriptwriter for the television series "Mr. Novak." She also wrote scripts for the "The Mod Squad" and "Peyton Place" Her writing credits for television movies included the The Neon Ceiling, Sunshine, Sunshine Christmas, Amelia Earhart, and Harry Truman: Plain Speaking. In the 1980's Sobieski became known for her film screenplays, which included Annie, Winter People, Honeysuckle Rose and Fried Green Tomatoes. She and Fannie Flagg were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1991. She won 2 Emmys, 1977 for Harry S. Truman:Plain speaking and for Sarah, Plain and Tall in 1991.

    She married lawyer James Louis Sobieski in 1964, they had three children. She died of liver disease in 1990 in Santa Monica, California on November 4, 1990 at age 51.

These daily history reflections are published by The Texas State Historical Association and received by the museum as free subscriber to the Texas Day by Day email service.


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