PIPE ORGAN IN THE LIBRARY
The Terrell Heritage Society Museum, located the north Texas town of Terrell, serves as the area’s archive for much of the community’s history. The diverse collection includes archival photographs that depict early Terrell streets, homes, and citizenry such as an interesting oval-shaped image of a downtown Terrell in the midst of a horse-and-buggy traffic jam. Other components of the museum include a brass cash register used in the Terrell Boot and Shoe store and an original Chickamauga Battle Flag of 1863. Also on view is an Estey pipe organ, one of the museum’s prize possessions and donated by Terrell’s First Baptist Church.
The museum is housed in the former Terrell Carnegie Library building, a 1904 Classical Revival institution designed by the Waco architectural firm of Messer & Smith. The building is both a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and a State Antiquities Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also home to the North East Texas Fine Art Alliance where paintings by local artists hang side-by-side with the museum’s holdings of Texas regionalist painter Frank Reaugh. Reaugh and his parents settled near Terrell in 1876. After a period of study in Europe, Reaugh returned to Texas and settled in Dallas, often drawing inspiration from his early years around Terrell to depict subject matter for his iconic Texas landscapes.
Terrell Heritage Society Museum
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