Preserving our past for our future
Preserving our past for our future
As we began preparing for the Lonesome Dove Exhibit, and overcoming Covid-19, we suffered water damage from a broken water line on June 1 setting us back a few weeks on our schedule. We WILL be open no later than August 2 for the exhibit. We hope to be open before then. Please bear with us as we clean up from the water damages.
An exhibition produced by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Capturing the sweeping visual imagery of the original miniseries, the Lonesome Dove exhibition presents fifty-fived framed classic images taken during filming by Bill Wittliff, renowned photographer, writer, and executive producer (with Suzanne De Passe) of Lonesome Dove. The images, however, are worlds apart from ordinary production stills, depicting an extraordinary union of art, literature, and history.
The exhibit will be FREE of Charge.
On December 14, 2020 the History Channel series American Pickers came to the Eastland County Museum. Series regular Mike Wolfe, joined by his brother Robbie, (Frank Fritz had had surgery and was not able to attend) selected several items to purchase. One item, of which they did not purchase, gained interest by a Texas collector. Mike and Robbie put the collector in direct contact with the Museum to make a deal to purchase the item direct. According to Mike, "...this way the Museum could earn all of the proceeds from the sale."
The episode aired on Monday, June 7, 2021 on The History Channel.
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In 1919 during the great oil boom of Eastland County investors of First State Bank began building a five storied structure on the square in Eastland. Seven banks dotted the downtown area until the last surviving institution of the Great Depression, First State Bank, closed. For four years Eastland had no bank until investors opened Eastland National Bank in this same location in 1934. ENB operated here until moving to a new structure on E Main in 1980. The Eastland County Museum, formed in 1992, moved into the location in 2004 and continues to operate at 114 S. Seaman Street today.
Eastland County Museum is a Texas chartered private corporation and designated as a Charitable Organization under IRS code 501 (c) (3). We are fully volunteer operated from our board members to our docents. We operate on a limited amount of rental income from office space on the third floor and a contribution from the Eastland County Commissioners Court. All other financial assistance comes from private donations.
There is never a fee to visit the Museum. Donations are gladly accepted.
The Museum hosts traveling exhibits from time to time. Some of the exhibits from the past include the amazing Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation as shown in this photo. Many small exhibits from Texas Humanities have drawn many visitors to the Museum.
The Museum houses many items from history including a motorized chicken plucker used in a former slaughterhouse, a Linotype hot lead typesetting machine, to a complete medical museum acquired from the Dr. Luther Gohlke family of Ranger. We have stories of Eastland Counties most infamous residents including Old Rip, the horned toad that survived 31 years in the cornerstone of an Eastland County Courthouse; Josiah 'Doc" Scurlock, who rode with Billy the Kid and was a part of the Lincoln County wars and more.