It took her four tries, but she did it! Megan Canfield was honored as the 20,000th visitor to the Mason Square Museum on Saturday. Ten year old Meagan is from Mason. Megan’s uncle, Thom Canfield, told her about reading in the newspaper that a countdown was on at the Mason Square Museum for the 20,000th visitor and that the visitor would receive a grand prize. Megan had been a visitor to the Museum in the past, but when she heard about the prize, she was ready for her uncle to take her again……and again, and again! Her last visit, she rounded up friends and family for an educational visit to the museum. Her efforts paid off.
With musical fanfare, Mason Square Museum dosen, Michael Murphy presented Megan with a prize package from the Museum’s Gift Shop. The collection of gifts included three of the Museum’s top selling books: Mason County Images, Mason County Hoo Doo War by David Johnson and an autographed copy of Captured by local author, Scott Zesch. The prize package also included a box of note cards by Laverne Lee, the current featured artist at the Museum and a CD of Megan’s choice.
The Mason Square Museum opened its doors in April 2007. The 10,000th visitor from Fredericksburg, TX was welcomed in August of 2009 and the 15,000th visitor hailing from Sandwich, Illinois was honored in February of 2011. Since its opening, the Mason Square Museum boasts visitors coming from over a dozen foreign countries and from as far away, stateside, as Washington and Alaska.
The visitors come to get a glimpse of how Mason County came to be. The Mason Square Museum brings history alive with chronological displays ranging from prehistoric times to current ranching and banking. Visitors learn about period events such as the Mason County War, listed as one of the top ten feuds in Texas, and the establishment of Fort Mason, a training ground for generals, including Robert E. Lee. Museum guests can view the largest topaz found in North American and for a few more weeks, the Square Museum features an exhibit of local artist, Laverne Lee. The Square Museum Gift Shop provides items that focus on local history and local talent and includes the sales of historical books, photos, artwork and related memorabilia. A favorite purchase of many visitors is Scott Zesch’s book, the Captured, a true story of abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier. The book pieces together what it was like to be taken from the white world of farming, discipline and hard work into the roaming, brutal, yet carefree life of the Southern Plains Indians.
The Mason Square Museum and Gift Shop is located on the north side of Mason’s square and is open Thursday to Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00. Admission is free.