Artist Chesiel John will give a brief talk about her work at 1:30 p.m. on March 5 focusing on the history and legacy of Taylor’s influential black leaders.

Valentine’s Gala

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.

A Victorian Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

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.

Veterans Day Observance

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.

Governor’s Birthday Celebration

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.