Thursday , 26 April 2018

Collin County Historical Society Changes Direction

Collin County Historical Society Changes Direction

Collin County Historical Society Changes Direction

Effective immediately, the Collin County Historical Society announces that the facility currently known as the North Texas History Center will only be open to the public on a limited basis.“Due to the current economic environment, we have been forced to make some pretty hard decisions and re-evaluate the way in which we do business”, said William Hayes, President of the CCHS Board of Directors.

Hayes acknowledges that the current business model for the NTHC is no longer sustainable.  “For several years we have benefitted from significant financial contributions from the Collin County Commissioners’ Court and the City of McKinney, but that support was dramatically reduced going into 2010 and completely eliminated moving forward”, he said.  “Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure the necessary funding from any combination of the public and private sectors to continue doing business as usual.”

Since 1982, the Collin County Historical Society’s historical museum, located at 300 Virginia St. in historic downtown McKinney, has been open to the public.  Exhibits over the years have included “Pieces of the Past” Quilt Exhibit, “Reluctant Confederates” The Civil War in North Texas, and “Pioneer Roots”.  Additionally, the CCHS through the NTHC has sponsored several living history events including a three-day Civil War re-enactment, “The Battle for Myers Landing”.

Hayes praises the efforts of volunteers and supporters of the CCHS.  “We have received extraordinary support from a broad cross section of the citizens of Collin County.  The collections and archives amassed through the CCHS are invaluable and we will continue to protect that history.”

 “As we look forward, the CCHS recognizes its obligation to preserve the history and collection in our trust,” continued Hayes.  “We are in the process of redefining our mission and believe there are several platforms from which we can best serve our constituents.”   

On one front, Hayes points to the Society’s continued responsibility as a research resource to the community.  “We continue to receive information requests on a regular basis.  For the near future, we encourage all research requests call the CCHS at 972.542.9457 x101.”

As an example of future efforts, Hayes points to the soon to be released CCHS commissioned historical publication, From Blackland Prairie to Blacktop:  A Collin County History, by Randolf W. Farmer.



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