in 1992, the Eastland County Museum & Historical Society
immediately began to archive period photographs and
other memorabilia related to the county and the
Eastland National Bank building had gone through various
owners and uses during the past 20 plus years before an
anonymous donor came forward to fund the purchase and
necessary restoration of the building.
Numerous photographs and existing
traces of the original elements made it possible to have
the exterior of the building restored to the 1920-era
style, as architect Henry Phelps designed.
The first floor has a very large
space for county and traveling exhibits. The mezzanine, overlooking the main floor, will
have areas for exhibits and will also be available for
lectures and meetings. The second floor is
divided into the original small office spaces.
These offices, with their original dark woodwork and
patterned glass, will be used for permanent displays of
history of each community in Eastland County. The basement
includes the vault, used to secure
important museum archives, and a large room for
permanent historic display exhibits.
Various individuals have come
forward to donate items they feel have interest to the
community. Virginia Weaver Russell has pledged items
from her Bell Hurst Playhouse. Others have pledged items
from their collections which will add significantly to
the holdings of the museum.
is a County Museum, showcasing the history of Eastland
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Some may feel more comfortable donating directly into Eastland County Museum Fund (project), of the ECF.
We encourage this, just indicate it as such, on the note
section of the donation form.
EASTLAND COUNTY MUSEUM WEBSITE