Once again this year the Moody Museum will be honoring local veterans on the Sunday before Veterans Day. Local veterans and/or their families are invited to bring to the museum shadowboxes that tell the story of their military service. For those who do not already have a shadowbox the museum has boxes available for loan. They can be obtained at the museum during regular hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.
The program will get underway at 3 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony, followed by the National Anthem. The guest speak, Scott Dean, is the new commander of the local American Legion Post. “This seems like an appropriate choice for the Moody Museum because Gov. Dan Moody was the first commander of the local American Legion post,” Susan Komandosky, chair of the museum advisory board, said.
Following the talk guests will be invited inside to view the shadowboxes and other displays and enjoy refreshments.
Meet Patricia Bernstein, author of the new book “Ten Dollars to Hate – The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan” about Dan Moody and the Klan trials of 1923. Ms. Bernstein will discuss the story and books will be available for sale.
Most recent past 10TH graders at Legacy High School! Friends of the Moody Museum need to contact those of you who participated in the recent essay contest titled the “Impact of Race and Ethnicity in Taylor.” The essays are being read and judged and the top three will receive monetary awards for the work. We do not have access to any direct phone numbers or email addresses but we are sure that this message will get around. If you are one of those writers or know any of them, PLEASE share this message ASAP. The awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Public Library, Community Room.
Panel discussion to followup on Chesiel John’s art exhibit “Taylor the Un Forgettable.”
Thursday, Feb. 9 the Moody Museum will host the annual Valentine’s Gala. The event kicks off the membership drive for the Friends of the Moody Museum. Those attend will be treated to music played on the Moody family piano (circa1901). There will also be food and drink for guests to enjoy. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 per person.
All local school children from kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to the museum on Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. to handcraft Christmas ornaments which they will then take home with them.
All children should be accompanied by a parent and it is a beautiful time to see the home decorated as it might have been when the Moody family lived there. Many families pose for Christmas photos in front of the tree.
Sunday, Nov. 6 from 2-4 p.m. the Moody Museum will once again play host to the city’s Veterans Day observance. All local veterans are invited to participate by attending and by making shadowboxes in which they can tell the story of their military service. Special honorees this year will be the Vietnam veterans since this is the 50th anniversary of the start of that conflict. The guest speaker will be Charles Nowlin, a Taylor High graduate, who was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.
The museum will loan shadowboxes to any veteran or their family who would like to put one on display that afternoon. They can be picked up at the museum during regular hours (2-5 Friday and Sunday) in the weeks prior to the event.
The next big event for the museum will be a celebration of the Governor’s birthday in June. For the third year it will be the culmination of a “pounding” to raise much-needed food for the local Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry.
Poundings were commonplace in Governor Moody’s time and consisted of friends and family bringing food to stock the pantry of a newlywed couple. Gov. Moody and his bride, Mildred, benefitted from one hosted by the East Texas Chamber of Commerce to stock the pantry of the Governor’s Mansion in 1927 when Moody took office.