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Mason County Museum's Sesquicentennial Museum Day
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 • Posted July 30, 2008

Continuing with Sesquicentennial 2008, a celebration of Mason's two Museums, the Square Museum and the Mason County Museum, will be held August 9 at the regular hours of ten to four. Both Museums will have their special activities.

The Mason County Museum located on the upper floor of the Historical Building has been in operation for forty-two years. The last renovation had its first step completed in 2004 with the subject of early Mason County history. Beginning with pre-Mason County: Fort Mason, the Indians, Geology and Wildlife and continuing with the development of the County, Churches, Schools and Businesses. In 2007 the second step was reached with the addition of four museum areas and an elevator. The fifth room, added in this second stage, holds many interesting artifacts relating to Mason's pioneer woman. It shows how she dressed, the tools she used in her work, and a peek into her bedroom.

The museum's original room on ranching has boasted the brand plaques of early day and present day ranches. To commemorate Sesquicentennial 2008, a drive was completed in June for additional settler's brands. Descendants responded with enthusiasm and twenty-five shining new plaques are hanging beside those previously done. These newly added brands will be one of the attractions during Museum Day.

Drawings of the country schools, celebrated June 14, are continuing to be available on clay coasters and trivets. Persons who have seen Judy Schoenfelt's art on these clays have been overwhelmingly pleased. For those unknowledgeable of the schools celebrated that day they were; Art, Bauerville, Blue Mountain, Fly Gap, Fredonia, Grit, Grossville, Hilda, Kothmannville, Long Mountain, Loyal Valley, Mason, Peters Prairie, Pontotoc and Ten Mile. These tiles will be on display and visitors may add these unique are works to their collections.

Long admired, in Mason County Museum's artifacts, has been a hatpin belonging to Bell Bridges. The head of the pin shows the Historical Building when it was the high school 1887-1922. Using this pin's arrangement, a lapel pin has been designed. The disk depicts our historical school building in relief with a raised border. It may be worn as a tie tack, man's hatpin, clothing pin or be converted to a necklace drop. This new pin is ready for sale and may be obtained at the Museum day festivities.

A Vintage Base Ball game will be played at Heritage Park in conjunction with Museum Day. The Boerne White Sox and the Fort Concho team will begin play at 10 A.M. Persons interested in seeing this old time demonstration may sit free of charge on the stone bleachers.

Participants wear old style uniforms and play under the rules of 1860. Bases are burlap bags and pitching is underhanded 45 feet away. The ball is 10 inches in circumference and softer than modern baseballs. The players do not wear gloves. Rules provide for an active fielding game, which many think is more fun to watch than modern day games.

The Mason County Museum is happy to sponsor this group along with their Sesquicentennial Museum Day activities. Refreshments will also be served during the day.

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