Fayette Museum/Archives Planning Big Celebration For 40th Birthday Friday

Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives turns 40 years old on Friday, April 20. The staff are planning an event from 10 a.m. to noon showcasing the museum’s collections.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Staff will present a brief program about the museum at 10:15 a.m. followed by tours of the exhibits, archives vault, and textiles and artifacts rooms.

Museum director Allison Shimek and archivist and curator Rox Ann Johnson sat down with the Record last Tuesday, April 10, at study table covered with historical documents. One was a map of La Grange from the turn of the 20th century. It showed Jefferson Street dead ending at the north city limit; the road to Giddings at that time left town on Von Minden. Another document was a 1878 Fayette County death warrant for a condemned murderer named Jim Jones. The hand-written warrant sealed with a black ribbon stated that Jones was to be hung by the neck until he was “dead, dead, dead.” Another was an unsigned painting of the La Grange square from the 1850s.

 

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