Members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club met in Brady at Barbara Bolton’s Patio Cafe on March 21 at noon. After enjoying some of Barbara’s unique and delicious cuisine, the group drove a few blocks to the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum and were treated to a special tour conducted by club member and museum volunteer Betty Meyer. In the program category of Historical People and Places, the club was seeking information on the progression of music in Texas.
The museum has exhibits representing over 100 of this country’s traditional country music stars and has a wealth of information with each exhibit. From Jimmy Rogers to Trisha Yearwood, one can see the development of the art depicted. Several new expanded displays were added recently with the addition of a new building just opened on March 19 adjoining the original portion which opened in August of 2000. This is the second addition and has greatly enhanced the museum experience. There is a bigger and better display of Hank Thompson memorabilia, Ferlin Husky items, Dave Kirby awards and guitar, and a separate case of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and the Sons of Pioneers awards and clothing. In addition, a larger gift shop has been added.
President of the Heart of Texas Country Music Association, Tracy Pitcox, was scheduled to visit with the group, but was called away to serve as pallbearer for Ferlin Husky in Nashville. Husky passed away on March 17 at the age of 85. He was a long time supporter of the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum and donated many of his awards, his touring custom Cadillac, and other items for display. He was the first country music star to have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and sold more than 20 million records.
The group of club members who toured the museum, wrote in the guest book that they were very impressed.