The Mason County Historical Commission ran out of room at the library for all of their research materials and the Mason County Museum, located in the Historical Building (the old grammar school), was generous in offering a couple of the rooms on the second floor they were not using. After lots of painting and cleaning, the room is now ready for use. Most of the materials we have there are out of state materials – genealogies, birth and death records, census records, and so on. We have information from Tennessee, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia.
We also have many reference books from about one hundred counties in Texas. There are also military records in this research room as well as many manuscripts on Mason County people – most of which are unpublished to date. Our newspaper collection is also found in this room. Besides the research room, we also have a store room where all or our books that we sell are stored. These two rooms have been a great help to us in getting better organized and giving us needed space for folks that want a quiet place to research and write.
The open house will take place this coming Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Commission members will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
We are holding this open house in conjunction with the Mason County Museum which has several new displays. Be sure to visit the museum area and see the new "Hall of Pioneers". There panels feature all available pictures of the first settlers in Mason County and cover up to 1860, the time of Mason’s first census. Another interesting area is the newly partitioned section that was constructed to display artifacts housed in the middle of the museum. You will see a very interesting children’s collection, early Mason County photos, Mason business memorabilia, and sections on the early churches and schools.
Come out and enjoy Old Yeller Day in Heritage Park and then stop by the museum and research room for a trip back in time to Mason’s early history.