July 20, 2019: Moody Music on the Lawn

Soak up the shade under oaks as old as Taylor as you relax and unwind to the tunes of Dale & Waylon Saturday, July 20th. These local favorites bring their distinctly Blackland Prairie-style Americana to our gardens, kicking off what promises to become one of our signature events. Guests are encouraged to begin arriving by 6:30 p.m. to set up their blankets and chairs, picnics and coolers.The band will play from 7 p.m. to sunset.

To learn more about Dale & Waylon and hear samples of their music, click on this link.

This family-friendly event is brought to you gratis by the Friends of the Moody Museum. A suggested $5 donation helps us bring more fun activities and educational opportunities to the community.

Pounds of Plenty – Now through June 22nd, 2019

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 these cuties at Cherry Tree Creative 4th Street Grind, and Frills on Fourth! 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:
Trouvaille Antiques
Marshall’s Tavern-Taylor
Mas Fajitas-Taylor
SPJST Senior Living
Soloman Masonic Lodge
Baylor Scott & White
Cherry Tree/Nest Box
Frills on Fourth/4th Street Grind
Southern Hospitality
Kunisch Wellness Center
City Auto
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!

April 13, 2019: Children’s DIY Easter Egg Workshop, Meet the Easter Bunny, & Bonnet/Hat Contest

1-3 p.m.

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!

Moody Museum’s Annual Valentine Gala 2019

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.


Victorian Christmas House and Children’s Workshop

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.

Veterans Day Commemoration Event

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.

Veterans shadow boxes are on display throughout the downstairs area of the museum during the afternoon ceremonies honoring local veterans. The event is held the Sunday before Veterans Day each year.

Live Storytelling Event – Deep in the Heart of Taylor


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

To RSVP, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/513693349077412/

Moody Museum Outing: Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

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.

To RSVP, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/294101287845632/

Moody Museum at Business Expo 2018

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

Moody Museum Pounds of Plenty

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.