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A Museum of History and Art in historic Lipscomb, Texas
Map 13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
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February 16, 2014

by Virginia Scott


Sorry, I was unable to send out a column last week but my computer had caught a virus and the cold weather and snow was too much for my winter blues so I ignored all of the problems and read a good book.

The work on the museum is continuing faster than we were expecting and it is looking good. There is a few new ideas being discussed since we can visualize the spaces better now that we are see them but it will be a finished product by spring.

As people see or hear about the new addition, we are being offered items for the new space. We will have to wait until construction is totally complete and cleaning is accomplished before we design and decide on exhibits, etc. We have at least three new areas that will be developed and then the old area may require redesign. So stay tuned for something happening every week when we start moving in.


This is President Day with both Lincoln and Washington having birthdays this week... Abraham Lincoln began a long road to become the sixteenth president of the United States. He practiced law all across the state for the next few years, traveling far on horseback to different counties. In 1847 he was elected into Congress, but his opinions did not ensure him a long stay there. He was vehemently against slavery and took stands on other controversial issues. He was not elected for a second term, so he returned to his law practice.

When slavery became a stronger issue, he joined the Republicans and was nominated to the Senate in 1858. Nominated by the Republican Party in 1860 as it candidate for the Presidency. He won by a small margin. But with his election, the country began the process of "dividing against itself". War quickly followed. He was elected to a second term in 1864. The South surrendered, and the Civil War ended on April 9, 1865. On April 14, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln attended a play at the Ford's Theater where an actor named Boothe stepped into the Presidential box and shot the President.

George Washington was a natural leader, instrumental in creating a united nation out of a conglomeration of struggling colonies and territories. The first president of the United States of America is affectionately honored as "the father of his country". Washington was a reluctant leader. As he inspired his soldiers through two wars, he saw himself serving his country, not leading it. When he accepted two terms as president, he saw himself serving God and his country in peacetime. he turned down a third term as president, wishing only to retire to his beautiful family home, Mount Vernon.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the President's Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America. Hope you had a good week.

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