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A Museum of History and Art in historic Lipscomb, Texas
Map 13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
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May 19, 2013

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

The Board met on Tuesday and we had a good attendance. Judy Ward, vice pres., chaired the meeting due to absence of Anna Lee Barton. Plans are in progress for our Heritage program in October and for our annual fundraiser. We will also plan for our arrow dedications. so stay tuned for announcements on these fall events.

The big news of the meeting was that we will begin the process for the construction of our addition to the museum. We have reached our goal so the work will begin.

Dorothy reported on her work with THC to recognize county businesses who have been in business for 50 years or longer. She have 3-4 applications in the works. If you have one in your community, please ask them to call Dorothy so they can be recognized.

Dorothy also announced that we are in the last stages for the subject marker for the Lipscomb school.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

Monday, May 27 is Memorial Day and I hope each of you takes time to remember your loved ones and to remember all the soldiers from our communities that have served our country. Memorial Day started in Waterloo, New York when Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo, New York, heard the stories of surviving soldiers and had an idea. He suggested that all the shops in town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo cemetery. On the morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the Northern soldiers in the cemetery. Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan planned another ceremony, this time for the soldiers, who survived the war. He led the veterans through town to the cemetery to decorate their comrades' graves with flags. It was not a happy celebration, but a memorial. In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday of May.

Today, Memorial Day is a day for personal remembrance as well as a day to honor those American from the armed forces. Families and individuals honor the memories of their loved ones who have died. Church services, visits to the cemetery, flowers on graves or even silent tribute mark the day with dignity and solemnity. It is a day of reflection. It is also to some the beginning of summer with a three-day weekend at the beach or mountains.

In Waterloo, it is still a special day since President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Waterloo the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966, 100 years after the first Commemoration.


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