Preserving our past for our future
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June 13, 2018
The Eastland County Museum is notifying anyone who has loaned any item(s) to the Museum at any time these items need to be returned to the owners as soon as possible. Because many items were loaned to the Museum prior to 2011, very few records were kept identifying the items or legal owners during that time. Any documentation or photographs of the items will help in the location and return of the items.
Following the reorganization of the Museum board in 2011, policy was established to not accept items on “loan” unless requested by the Museum for a specific display.
IF YOU HAVE ITEMS CURRENTLY ON LOAN AT THE EASTLAND COUNTY MUSEUM THE MUSEUM WANTS TO RETURN THOSE ITEMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ANY ITEMS NOT CLAIMED BY DECEMBER 31, 2018 WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF EASTLAND COUNTY MUSEUM AND MAY BE RETAINED OR DISPOSED OF AT THE DISCRETION OF THE EASTLAND COUNTY MUSEUM BOARD.
NOTICE: This does NOT include items on display on the 2nd floor of the Eastland County Museum in any of the Communities Rooms. Those items are the property of, or on loan to, the person or persons responsible for assembling the room. Person or persons wishing to remove any items on loan in one of the Communities Rooms may contact Eastland County Museum for information on who may be in charge of a specific room. Only the person or persons responsible for assembling the room may remove, or give Eastland County Museum permission to remove, any item from a room.
Eastland County Museum
114 S Seaman Street
Eastland, TX 76448
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 Was and more.
We love our visitors, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
Thursdays thru Saturdays 10 A.M. until 2 P.M.*
(*Our hours are based on the availability of Volunteer Docents)
During the cold winter months our hours are limited because we can not afford to run the heat!
114 S Seaman St, Eastland, TX 76448, US