The McFaddin-Ward House Museum's second open forum proved to be another success! The community is very enthusiastic about the research project and many have already signed up to participate. Just as in the first forum, attendees heard about events the museum is planning for the weekend of April 13-15, 2012, in order to raise awareness about what would have been the McFaddin's neighborhood: the area between I-10 and Smart Street, and First and Eleventh Streets. 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.
During the forum, Bill Grace, Branch Manager at the Tyrrell Historical Library, offered to host two workshops where those interested in researching their homes could learn about the library's offerings and get acquainted with the archives. The first workshop is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, with a second opportunity on March 3, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The workshops are free; however, reservations are appreciated. Please contact Bill Grace at (409) 832-2759 to sign up and to obtain more details.
We look forward to the potential this project has on raising awareness about this historic area, one of Beaumont's oldest neighborhoods. For more information on the project or any of the upcoming events, contact the museum at (409) 832-1906.