Friday, January 20, 2012

McFaddin-Ward House Museum Hosts Events to Inspire Residents to Preserve History

     On Thursday January 19, the McFaddin-Ward House hosted an "open forum" inviting Beaumont residents from the area between I-10 and Smart Street, and First and Eleventh Streets, to come and learn about exciting events the museum plans for April.

     Attendees heard about events the museum is planning for the weekend of April 13-15, 2012, to raise awareness about the neighborhood, one of Beaumont's oldest. They were then asked to participate by researching and writing the "story" of their own home, which they would post on a sign in their yard. These homes would be featured in neighborhood tours during the weekend.

     Other events that weekend include a program on April 13 at 10:00 a.m. by Richard Gachot, Lamar University Professor and Architectural Historian, who will discuss the evolution of Beaumont's neighborhoods and communities. That evening, McFaddin-Ward House will partner with the Chambers House Museum for a kickoff tour, where visitors can walk, bike, or drive their way through the designated neighborhood to see these wonderful old homes and read their "stories."

   On Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, the public is invited to a "Preservation Celebration" to celebrate the history that has been preserved in our town. There will be music, children's activities, museum tours, and more.

   If you live in this neighborhood but missed the first meeting, it's not too late to join us! On Thursday, January 26, the museum will hold another forum. Darlene Chodzinski, Director of Beaumont Heritage Society, Bill Grace, Branch Manager of the Tyrrell Historical Library, and Judy Linsley, Curator of Interpretation and Education at McFaddin-Ward House, will be there to provide guidance and insight into researching house histories.

    For more information on the project or the upcoming events, contact the McFaddin-Ward House Museum at (409) 832-1906, or email Judy Linsley at