Fannin County Museum of History

Fannin County Museum of History Two Centuries of Texas Legend!
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This grandmother and grandson enjoyed the Museum yesterday.
07/09/2020

This grandmother and grandson enjoyed the Museum yesterday.

Visitors in town on Saturday? The Museum is open noon - 4 pm.
07/03/2020

Visitors in town on Saturday? The Museum is open noon - 4 pm.

This Bonham family enjoyed the Museum today, including the caboose.
07/01/2020

This Bonham family enjoyed the Museum today, including the caboose.

This young man will be in the 2nd grade at Bonham next year.  He has visited the Museum before with his Dad and wanted t...
06/25/2020

This young man will be in the 2nd grade at Bonham next year. He has visited the Museum before with his Dad and wanted to come back today. So much to see!

This local family had cousins visiting and everyone enjoyed the Museum.  We are open our regular hours - come and see us...
06/11/2020

This local family had cousins visiting and everyone enjoyed the Museum. We are open our regular hours - come and see us.

A grandmother enjoyed her time at the Museum with her grandchildren today.
05/29/2020

A grandmother enjoyed her time at the Museum with her grandchildren today.

So glad to have this grandmother from Bonham and the grandchildren from Sherman at the Museum today.
05/28/2020

So glad to have this grandmother from Bonham and the grandchildren from Sherman at the Museum today.

We are glad to welcome visitors back to the Museum.  Here is one family group who enjoyed their visit today.  The Museum...
05/23/2020

We are glad to welcome visitors back to the Museum. Here is one family group who enjoyed their visit today. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4pm. Only 2 groups in the Museum at any one time.

Consistent with the Governor's Executive Order, the Fannin County Museum of History will reopen on Tuesday, May 5.The Mu...
05/04/2020

Consistent with the Governor's Executive Order, the Fannin County Museum of History will reopen on Tuesday, May 5.

The Museum will be open for its regular hours, Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm. However, each group visiting the Museum will be limited to 5 individuals and only 2 groups will be allowed in the Museum at any time. All tours will be self-guided. The wearing of a cloth mask is encouraged.

Visit the Museum with your school-age children for a great history lesson!

03/18/2020

The Museum is now closed to support the efforts of our local, state, and national leaders to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

03/14/2020

At the present time the Museum will be open regular hours and days for individuals and very small groups. For the health of our staff, volunteers and visitors, we will not be hosting group tours or large groups. We will post any changes to this policy here. Everyone stay safe!

Spring break visitors
03/10/2020

Spring break visitors

The Museum Object of the Week is this hat which belonged to Eula Sturdivant Phillips, who was a Staff Sergeant in the U....
03/10/2020

The Museum Object of the Week is this hat which belonged to Eula Sturdivant Phillips, who was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. The hat is identical to the hats shown in the WWII recruitment poster.

Eula Sturdivant was born in in 1917 and in 1942 at the age of 25 she enlisted in the Women’s Air Corps. The Museum is so pleased to have the hat and the photo of Eula wearing the hat. Eula died in 2007 and is buried in the Sunnyside Cemetery near Savoy.

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the many women from Fannin County who have served in the military.

A photo below is of Louise and Lucile Evans, twins from Honey Grove. Louise and Lucile served in the WAAC’s during World War II in Riverside, California as office staff. Another photo is of women at Jones Field during World War II.

These boys were enjoying the Museum today.
03/07/2020

These boys were enjoying the Museum today.

The Museum Object of the Week is our wonderful telephone switchboard.  Almost everyone who visits the Museum loves this ...
03/06/2020

The Museum Object of the Week is our wonderful telephone switchboard. Almost everyone who visits the Museum loves this item, and it is amazing how many of our visitors knew a mother, aunt, cousin or neighbor who worked on a telephone switchboard.

The Texas Telephone Company was established in 1890 in Bonham and was located in a building on the north side of the Square. There were other telephone companies and switchboards in Fannin County, including those at Telephone, Ivanhoe, Ravenna, Dodd City, Bailey and Honey Grove. Some switchboards, such as the one in Ector, was located in the operator's home.

The 2nd photo is of Bonham telephone operators in 1929. Left to right: Louise Banta, Gertrude Loftin, Hope Follis Goode, Ruth Markwood, Clara Faye Neely and Mrs. Brackett.

The Museum also has a variety of telephones.

Kids who come into the Museum enjoy hearing about the "party lines" where several people shared one line and could listen in on the calls of others.

Museum Object of the Week - a Lucky Strike cigarette package that was found during the demolition phase of the Fannin Co...
02/27/2020

Museum Object of the Week - a Lucky Strike cigarette package that was found during the demolition phase of the Fannin County Courthouse restoration.

This green Lucky Strike package was produced until 1942, when the background color was changed to white. Apparently the color change was made to modernize the look and appeal more to women smokers.

The Museum has an interesting display of Courthouse artifacts, which is very much enjoyed by Museum visitors. One interesting bottle still has the label claiming the contents will cure a great number of diseases. We are pretty sure that the bottle of Bottoms Up Kentucky Straight Whiskey was used only for medicinal purposes.

Coke bottles were also found; one was made in Bonham.

Visit the Fannin County Museum of History to see many more items.

This mom and son visited the Museum yesterday.  They both had a great time.
02/22/2020

This mom and son visited the Museum yesterday. They both had a great time.

This dad and his two boys greatly enjoyed the Museum on Saturday.  They visited the caboose and the older boy read "The ...
02/18/2020

This dad and his two boys greatly enjoyed the Museum on Saturday. They visited the caboose and the older boy read "The Little Red Caboose" to his brother.

This family from Campbell came to Bonham to the Drivers' License office, but the line was too long, so they decided to t...
02/14/2020

This family from Campbell came to Bonham to the Drivers' License office, but the line was too long, so they decided to tour the Museum.

Museum Object of the WeekValentine’s Day is coming, and the Fannin County Museum of History has a large collection of Va...
02/06/2020

Museum Object of the Week

Valentine’s Day is coming, and the Fannin County Museum of History has a large collection of Valentine’s Day cards from yesteryear. This cowboy valentine is probably from the 1960s.

The Museum also has many valentines from the early 1900s, including this one.

Visit the Museum to see both humorous and beautiful cards.

We had visitors from Canada today.
02/04/2020

We had visitors from Canada today.

This couple staying at Bonham State Park visited the Museum on Saturday.  We are always glad to have visitors from the S...
02/04/2020

This couple staying at Bonham State Park visited the Museum on Saturday. We are always glad to have visitors from the State Park.

Celebrate Black History Month at the Fannin County Museum of History.  The Museum has a permanent display of photographs...
02/01/2020

Celebrate Black History Month at the Fannin County Museum of History. The Museum has a permanent display of photographs highlighting the black citizens of Fannin County, as well as other items which we will be highlighting on this page during February.

This grandfather brought his grandson in to try out the viewfinder.
01/30/2020

This grandfather brought his grandson in to try out the viewfinder.

The kids from this family had a great  time at the Museum.
01/30/2020

The kids from this family had a great time at the Museum.

Museum Object of the WeekThe Fannin County Museum of History has a number of beautiful Victorian christening gowns.  The...
01/28/2020

Museum Object of the Week

The Fannin County Museum of History has a number of beautiful Victorian christening gowns. These long “gowns” were worn by both baby girls and boys, and photographs were often taken of the babies in these gowns. The gown in the photo dates from 1905.

We know the date of this gown because we have a photo of young Irene Webb wearing the gown.(2nd photo) Many people in Bonham of a certain age will remember Irene Webb and her sister Lucile.

These gowns were probably hand-made, because we don’t find advertisements in the newspapers for these gowns.

Because the Museum has received quite a number of these gowns, we know they were prized and saved.

Visit the Fannin County Museum of History to see this christening gown and many other beautiful pieces of clothing. Bring your children or grandchildren to see how the citizens of Fannin County dressed over 100 years ago.

Many thanks to the Fannin County Leader for being a Silver Sponsor of the Museum for 2020, and for reporting on the Muse...
01/27/2020

Many thanks to the Fannin County Leader for being a Silver Sponsor of the Museum for 2020, and for reporting on the Museum.

Many thanks to Fannin Bank for becoming a Gold Sponsor of the Museum.  Fannin Bank at its 2 locations in Bonham and in H...
01/24/2020

Many thanks to Fannin Bank for becoming a Gold Sponsor of the Museum. Fannin Bank at its 2 locations in Bonham and in Honey Grove has many wonderful historic photos, including many from the Museum at its Mortgage Center in Bonham. Stop in and see them! Fannin Bank has long been a great partner with the Museum.

It's Membership Drive time at the Museum.  If you appreciate the Museum and all we do, we invite you to become a Friend ...
01/24/2020

It's Membership Drive time at the Museum. If you appreciate the Museum and all we do, we invite you to become a Friend of the Museum. We depend on the funds generated by memberships to operate the Museum. Attached is a form, or you can join online by going to our website and clicking on Support.

So glad to have the Arlington Women's Club visit us today.  Even though it is wet and cold outside, everyone had a good ...
01/22/2020

So glad to have the Arlington Women's Club visit us today. Even though it is wet and cold outside, everyone had a good time.

Museum Object of the WeekThis remarkable object was used for ironing clothes.  While the original irons had to be heated...
01/21/2020

Museum Object of the Week

This remarkable object was used for ironing clothes. While the original irons had to be heated on a stove, this iron was fueled by kerosene or another type of liquid fuel.

While still very heavy, this iron was a big improvement over the iron that had to be heated on the stove. Those irons had be reheated constantly, so the housewife or servant had to go back and forth from the ironing board to the stove to change a cold iron for a hot one. And heating irons on a stove meant that a fire had to be lit even in the summer. This type of iron was very heavy (in later years they made great doorstops).

The iron heated by fuel continued to be produced and sold even after World War II to families living in rural areas without electricity. An advertisement in the Bonham Herald in 1932 says: “Use your Coleman anywhere. . .in the coolest room, or out on the porch.”

Robert Caro in his book about Lyndon Johnson, The Path to Power, write about Johnson’s mother and says:

“On washdays, clothes had to be lifted out of the big soaking vats of boiling water on the ends of long poles, the clothes dripping and heavy; the farm filth had to be scrubbed out in hours of kneeling over rough rub-boards, hours in which the lye in homemade soap burned the skin off women’s hands; the heavy flatirons had to be continually carried back and forth to the stove for reheating, and the stove had to be continually fed with new supplies of wood.”

Many people today rarely or even never iron their clothes.

The Fannin County Museum of History has many articles that relate to washing clothes, from rub boards to irons.

Bring your children or grandchildren in to see these objects and tell them about washday on the farm.

Museum Object of the WeekA really fun object at the Museum is this Sawyer’s View-Master.Probably most everyone over a ce...
01/14/2020

Museum Object of the Week

A really fun object at the Museum is this Sawyer’s View-Master.

Probably most everyone over a certain age has looked through one of these at one time. Look through and you can see a 3-D image from the inserted reel.

The View-Master system was introduced in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Most of the original reels were of travel attractions, including national parks. Some were of children’s stories.

The reels hold 14 film transparencies in seven pairs, make seven stereoscopic images.

During World War II the U.S. military commissioned sets of reels as training aids to help with artillery spotting and aircraft identification.

Later the product was told to Fisher-Price and then to Tyco and then to Mattel. The product is still sold as a “virtually reality” toy with 360-degree environments.

Bring your children and grandchildren to see what was once a very popular device. The View-Master was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Address

1 N Main St
Bonham, TX
75418

General information

Visitation Schedule Tuesday-Saturday April 1st-September 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ----------------------------- Tuesday – Saturday Sep 2nd – Mar 31st 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission by donation. ($2 minimum recommended) We are entirely supported by donations. Group Tours must have advanced reservations Located on Main Street in the old T&P Railroad Depot 3 blocks south of the Courthouse Square Phone: (903) 583-8042 Group Tours: (903) 583-5558

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(903) 583-8042

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Please visit our great little museum.

Located in the historic 1900 Texas and Pacific Railway Depot, the Museum offers a wide array of displays ranging from a collection of Sulphur River fossils to rare Indian artifacts to displays relating to both pioneer days and the growth of the communities of Fannin County.

We have a 1918 American LaFrance fire engine from the City of Bonham and a PT-19 Fairchild training airplane used at Bonham’s Jones Field during World War II. A big red caboose graces the grounds and is open for tours upon request.

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