On Friday, February 4th, volunteer docent Alberta Birk welcomed the 15,000th visitor to the Mason Square Museum. Larry and Elaine Allen of Sandwich, Illinois visited the museum while visiting their friends, Dorene and Fred Cardenas of Mason. They were presented with a copy of the newest Mason publication, Mason County - Images of America.
The Mason Square Museum opened its doors in April 2007. On August 1, 2009, the museum recognized its 10,000th visitor Yvonne Merkel from Fredericksburg, Texas. Already, since Thanksgiving, visitors have come from four foreign countries (Japan, Canada, Holland and Venzuela) and sixteen states (California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New, Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington).
The Museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m., and admission is free. This month is the last oportunity to view the historic maps of America exhibit loaned to the museum by Brent and Monica Hinkley. The exhibit features maps dating back to the 16th century . Each map shows the changing face of Texas. From here the collection will go to the museum at Texas A&M. Two new exhibits will be added in March. The museum depends solely on many local volunteers as docents to maintain its operation. Should anyone be interested in joining this volunteer roster, please contact the President of the museum committee, Don Daniel or the volunteer co-ordinator, Gerry Daniel at 347-8204.