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History of Cotton Exhibit

Discover the days of a bygone era when cotton was a part of everyday life in Hunt County. Greenville was home to the world's largest inland cotton compress, which set a world record both in 1911 and 1912. Imagine in just one 10 hour work day being able to compress 2,073 bales of cotton! The engine of the compress is on display at the Museum.

 

History of Hunt County Exhibit

The Hunt County exhibit is currently under renovation. This section is being expanded to include exhibits on the early history of Hunt County, the people, schools and early businesses of this area. In addition, there will be a 1920s era main street exhibit. It is anticipated to open in 2014.

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Bob Wills: The King of Western Swing

The Museum is hosting some Bob Wills memorabilia in coordination with the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Concert! This special exhibit, on loan coutesy of the Bob Wills Foundation, Brett Bingham and Larry Winters will only be at the Museum through the middle of November.

Fiddle contests first appeared in the U.S. in 1736 as part of a St. Andrews Day celebration and have been gaining popularity ever since. By the late 1940s fiddle contests were being held as events by themselves. Greenville held a Fiddle Contest in 1947 at the Municipal Auditorium where Ruby Allmond was crowned 1947 National Champion Woman Fiddler. Sixty-seven years later, fiddling is returning to Greenville which was selected as the location for a three-day fiddle festival and contest named for the King of Western Swing. The festival will take place at several locations in downtown Greenville from October 31-November 2.

Make plans to join the first class Western swingin' toe-tapping music and fun downtown, and be sure to come by the Museum to check out the Bob Wills exhibit!

 

 

Rotating Veterans Gallery

This exhibit is dedicated to the veterans of Hunt County. Have you or your parents ever lived in Hunt County? If so, we would like to talk to you. This area is changed out approximately once a year so we are always on the lookout for new artifacts for this section.