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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 2015.

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Folk Art Nativities Exhibit

Now on display at the Museum is a temporary exhibit of unique folk art nativities on loan by Pud Kearns. Pud began collecting in 1975 and as her collecting evolved she narrowed her focus to a folk art collection with a nativity theme. These nativities represent a variety of countries, artists and materials.
One nativity is beautifully worked in needlepoint by the collector's mother, Mary Lauderdale. The stitching is exquisite; in fact, the sheperd's coat is done in unraveled burlap and the sheep's coat consists of hundreds of French knots.
There is a handmade felt nativity from Kyrgyzstan in which the "yurt," or house, doubles as a storage container. There is a retablo, which is Andean folk art in the form of a portable box which depicts events important to that culture. The collection includes a nativity in mother-of-pearl from Bethlehem, one hand carved from Poland, an African clay nativity, ar carved alabaster nativity from Peru, and even a nativity made from cockleburs!
This exhibit will only be on display through January 9th so make plans now to come on out to see this unique collection!



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.