Help the Moody Museum stock the shelves at Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry with non-perishable food items by donating between now and June 22nd, 2019. Look for drop-off points around town like this cute basket at Cherry Tree Creative! Shepherd’s Heart helps our friends and neighbors bridge the gap during tough times through nourishing food and spiritual support. Spring cleaning is in full swing, so let us take those boxes and cans that you aren’t using off your hands so they can fulfill their potential as delicious meals. If you would like to make a financial contribution as well, please make out your check to Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry.
Drop-Off Locations Include:
SPJST Senior Living
Soloman Masonic Lodge
Baylor Scott & White
Cherry Tree/Nest Box
Frills on Fourth/4th Street Grind
Kunisch Wellness Center
Citizen’s National Bank-Taylor
Donations may be delivered during business hours.
Please check back to our Facebook and Instagram @moodymuseum, or our website www.moodymuseum.com for updates. Plan to stop by the museum at 114 W. 9th Street between 10 a.m. and noon on June 22nd as we tally up the donations and enjoy refreshments in honor of Governor Dan Moody’s birthday. Thank you for supporting your community!
Follow the bunny trail over to the Moody Museum for DIY fun and more! Children from grades K-4 and their families are invited to attend this FREE workshop to make custom dip-dyed eggs (mess-free option available for younger children), meet the Easter Bunny, and compete in our East bonnet/hat contest. Light refreshments will be served.
Easter Bunny Pictures: $10 for (2) 5×7 photos and a digital file sent to your email.
Bonnet/Hat Contest: Open to all girls and boys. Please create your piece and home and have it ready when you arrive. Winners will announced at 2:30 PM. Prizes for top three entries!
Show your love at the Moody Museum’s Annual Valentine Gala February 7 from 4-8 p.m. Guests enjoy wine and hor d’oeuvres inside the historical home of Texas Governor Dan Moody against a backdrop of live music played by local artists. Dress to impress! Prizes for best Valentine-themed outfit: male, female, and couples categories. All proceeds go towards preserving and expanding museum collections and bringing fun, educational events to the community. Advance tickets $25; $25 + $2 or canned good at the door. Available at the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, The Moody Museum, and from board members.
The time to deck the halls is near, and we have just the thing! The museum will be open for extended hours on December 1st from 1-5 PM for tours and fun. Get inspired as you experience the museum in all of its Victorian Christmas splendor. Children in grades K-4 are invited to exercise their artistic expression at our free Ornament Workshop from 1 to 3 PM.
We want YOU! to be part of our special Veterans commemoration event on Nov. 4 as the Moody Museum celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. The museum will be open from 2-5 p.m. for tours. At 3 PM, visitors will gather on the lawn (weather permitting) for the raising of the flag, followed by the national anthem and guest speaker (TBA). Following the program, guests will be invited to enjoy refreshments, and museum tours will resume. Dan Moody’s military photos will be on display alongside shadow boxes and uniforms belonging to Taylor veterans of WWI and other conflicts.
Rain or shine, come out to hear historical tales from Taylor locals. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. With wet weather in the forecast, we will plan to move the event indoors, so come early to find the best seats in the house. Not able to attend? Tune in to our Facebook Live feed @moodymuseum at 7 p.m. CDT.
Moody Museum, 114 W. 9th Street, Taylor, TX 76574 – Saturday, October 6, 6 PM – 9 PM
Join the Friends of the Moody Museum board for an outing to the Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center and Village in La Grange, TX on October 6. Featured exhibits include WWI and the Birth of Czechoslovakia and Lidice 1942 alongside a thoughtfully curated collection of Czech-Texan artifacts. Visit http://www.czechtexas.org/ for details.
Lunch is available for purchase onsite at noon. Other museums being considered for the outing include the Heroes Museum in the Old Fayette County Jail, an impressive Texas Quilt Museum, and the M-K-T Railroad Depot Museum. Looks to be an exciting day! Email us at MoodyMuseum@gmail.com to join in the fun!
Departs from Moody Museum, 114 W, 9th Street, Taylor, TX 76574 – Saturday, October 6 at 8AM, returns mid-afternoon.
Whether you are new in town or a Taylor-native, check out our local attractions and businesses at the Taylor CoC Business Expo & Job Fair on Sept. 15. Stop by the Moody Museum table to learn about upcoming museum events and see our Victorian ladies in period dress!
Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor, TX 76474 – Saturday, September 15 from 10 AM – 2PM
Join the Moody Museum as we celebrate Governor Dan Moody’s birthday with our annual Pounds of Plenty Food drive! The Moody Museum is sponsoring the food drive benefiting Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry on June 23. Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to compete for collecting money and non-perishable food items. Boxes will be placed at numerous community locations and delivered to the Museum. This year, trophies will be presented for the most pounds of food and the most money collected…and there are always bragging rights for a whole year! We have donation boxes all over Taylor! Collection stations include: City National Bank, Liberty’s Consigned Finds, SPJST Assisted Living and SPJST Senior Living, Frills, Trouvaille, Kunisch Wellness Center, Curves, Citizens National Bank, City Auto, Southern Hospitality, Temple College, REMAX, Sweet & Southern Finds, and Scott & White Hospital.
The drive is based on an earlier tradition of stocking the pantries of newlyweds. A 1927 article told how the East Texas Chamber of Commerce held a “pounding” for the newlywed Governor Dan Moody and his bride, Mildred Paxton Moody, when they moved into the Governor’s Mansion. A “pounding” was a common practice in the late 1800s and early 1900s as friends and family stocked newlywed’s pantries with pounds of food staples – a pound of rice, a pound of salt, etc.
The June event is also a celebration of Governor Dan Moody’s birthday, who was born in this Taylor home in1893. Stop by, enjoy a piece of birthday cake and tour the Moody Museum, 10:00-12:00, June 23.
Join the Moody Museum on June 2nd, as we celebrate the life and works of Jimmie Heap, along with his wife, Jerry Heap, and his sons, Jimmy Joe and David. Introductions and music will be done by Paul Schlesinger & the Pioneer Boys.
Jimmie Heap was born in Taylor, Texas, March 3, 1922, where he lived and raised his family and is responsible for building over 200 of Taylor’s homes.
Jimmy led his band, the Melody Masters, for over three decades, with appearances across the country, including headlining several years in Las Vegas. The Melody Masters recorded 32 sides for Capitol Records and 24 for Imperial Records, including the band’s big hit, Release Me.The song was also recorded by Esther Phillips and Engelbert Humperdinck. the Melody Masters had a continuing spot on Radio Station KTAE in Taylor, Texas from 1948 to1956.
A major release, The Wild Side of Life, was written by band member, Arlie Carter, and performed by the Melody Masters.It was later recorded by Hank Thompson, Burl Ives, Grady Martin, Freddy Fender, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.