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Museum Hosts Dr. Tyra Manning Book Signing

Posted by GainesFOM on November 27, 2016 at 7:40 PM
Throughout her 40-year career, Seminole native Dr. Tyra Manning dreamed of bringing hope to people struggling with mental illness. That dream is becoming a reality with the publication of "Where the Water Meets the Sand," which describes the devastation of losing a loved one, the time that Dr. Manning spent in a psychiatric hospital, and the love and support that enabled her to persevere through the darkest times.

Those who know Tyra Manning and her family may be surprised to learn of her long-time battle with addictions and clinical depression, trials she faced both before and after her husband was killed in Vietnam. Now she is devoting her energies to overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness and opening doors to resources for support and treatment. Dr. Manning's mission is to comfort those suffering in silence, reducing the stigmas associated with mental illness, and opening doors to resources for support and treatment.

Dr. Manning conducted a brief book signing at the Museum on October 25th and spoke to a gathering at the Gaines County Library, A portion of the proceeds from sales of the books was donated to the Museum, and to the Library.


Sally Davis Takes Museum Post

Posted by GainesFOM on September 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Davis Takes Museum Post

By Sam Holbrooks

Mrs. Sally Davis, a lifelong resident of Seminole, has moved into the office once occupied by outgoing Gaines County Museum Director, Roy Barnes, who left the position after eight years.

Born in Post, Texas, Mrs. Davis was only three months old when her family moved to Seminole, where she would receive her primary and secondary education before receiving her B.A. degree in Latin American Studies at Texas Tech University.

For most of her career, Mrs. Davis has worked in agriculture, where she held jobs at he Ocho Gin, and then the Elco Gin for 20 years. After another 14 years with West Gaines Seed Co., Mrs. Davis went into retirement before taking the museum post on May 9th.

 

(Sam Holbrooks photo)


FOM Members Attend Corpus Christi Conference

Posted by GainesFOM on May 19, 2016 at 11:45 PM

F.O.M. Members Attend Corpus Christi TAM Conference

By Sam Holbrooks

Representing both the Gaines Gaines Museum (Seminole division) and the non-profit Friends of the Gaines County Museum, six Seminole residents travelled to Corpus Christi on April 6-8 for the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Museums (TAM). While some TAM business is conducted at the annual conference, the three-day event serves primarily as a continuing education program for attendees to be introduced to new ideas, concepts, and technologies involved in the operation and promotion of both public and privately held museum properties.

Each meeting is conducted in keeping with the TAM's Vision Statement, "to serve our museum community by nurturing and training museum leaders, developing and celebrating the field, and voicing the public worth of museums."

Attending this year's conference, held in the main ballroom and several meeting rooms of the Omni Hotel, Corpus Christi, was Gaines County Museum Executive Director Roy Lynn Barnes. Barnes recently announced his retirement after several years of service to the museum. He was joined by Assistant to the Director Vicki Cravens-Smith, Friend of the Museum Board Vice-President Kathy Davis, FOM Treasurer Connie Lamm, FOM Public Relations Chair Sam Holbrooks, and FOM volunteer Ray Savage. Individually, each has the option of working toward a Master Certification in all aspects of museum administration and operations. The process is one that takes a minimum of three years, with annual attendance at TAM conferences.

Except for Barnes, a County employee, the trip is self-funded by attendees, who joined more than 300 others at this year's meeting. Late year, Lamm travelled to Fort Worth and Rosenberg, Texas as part of a program committee that organized this year's series of workshops.


The six areas of focus in the 2016 series of workshops were Administration and Trustee, Resource Development, Exhibitions, Collections Management, Education/Outreach, and Masters Certificate. Each workshop is conducted by a professional in some aspect of museum operations. Attendees moving toward certification must attend at least five workshops that apply to their respective area of focus. A sampling of this year's more than 25 workshops included "Encouraging K-12 Partnerships Using TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), "Building Relationships With the Media", "Finding and Telling the Stories in Your Collections", and "Marketing Mystique and Divine Design".

During the evenings following the meetings, attendees had the opportunity to travel in groups to the Texas State Aquarium, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the Rockport Center for the Arts, the Texas Maritime Museum, the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, and the USS Lexington Museum.

 

F.O.M. Re-Elects Board for 2016

Posted by GainesFOM on April 14, 2016 at 3:35 PM

F.O.M. Re-elect Executive Board

 

By Sam Holbrooks

 

The Friends of the Gaines County Museum, Seminole Division, held it's first meeting of the new year, and the first of three slated for 2015, at the Gaines County Musem Tuesday evening. The group enters its seventh year of activity since its formation.

With a single vote, the membership of the F.O.M. voted to renew the positions of all current sitting Board members: Paul Elam, President; Kathy Davis, Vice-President; Charles George, Secretary, and Connie Lamm, Treasurer.

Kathy Davis reported total membership in the Friends of the Museum non-profit organization as 103 currently, slightly down from 2014, but early in the group's membership drive that is currently ongoing. Davis also reminded members of an upcoming Texas Association of Museums (TAM) series of workshops scheduled for April 7-10, 2015. In a letter to members, Davis reported that the museum had hosted 3152 visitors in 2014.

Connie Lamm delivered the financial report. A large portion of the expenses for the final quarter of 2014 revolved around a successful Christmas Open House, which saw 135 guests signed in. A donation from the Hess Corp. will assist the museum in making the lighted pumpjack in front of the museum a seasonal fixture each year.

Acquisitions Committee Chairman Scott Henderson reported on the Museum's most recent addition to the military room, a custom-built walnut gun case for the new Keith Clements post-World War II era gun collection. Publicity and Information Committee Chair Sam Holbrooks detailed recent upgrades to the Museum website, Facebook activity, and media coverage.

 

"Digging For Dinosaurs"

Posted by GainesFOM on January 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM

The museum found the secret to getting kids to use a toothbrush last week as the second session of the "Paleontology II; Digging For Dinosaurs" summer program for children continued July 8-10. One young Gaines County pre-history enthusiast cleans and prepares the bones of his miniature Brachiasaurus for assembly. The third session of the popular summer program, funded by the Friends of the Gaines County Museum, ran August 12-14 at the museum.


Museum Administrators, FOM Members Attend San Angelo Workshop

Posted by GainesFOM on March 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM


On June 18, several officers and members of the Friends of the Museum attended a workshop at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. The day-long event was sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission's Heritage Trails program in partnership with the Texas Association of Museums (TAM).  Attendees received instruction on "Writing For Impact", using a variety of examples of theme based displays for better communication with museum visitors.


Workshop participants were divided into teams and were given less than an hour to create mock-ups of museum panels using layered information. On one team, Gaines County Museum Director Roy Lynn Barnes is joined by Friends of the Museum members Terry Jeffries and Vicki Smith, along with Cory Robinson of the San Angelo based Fort Concho NHL. Other attendees from the Gaines County area were FOM Vice President Kathy Davis, FOM Treasurer Connie Lamm, FOM Communications Committee member Sam Holbrooks, and Museum Assistant Jean Moffatt,


Gaines County Museum Joins Chamber

Posted by GainesFOM on March 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM

The Friends of the Gaines County Museum, Seminole division, celebrated its official entry into the Seminole area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 13, 2013.  Doing the honors on behalf of the group is F.O.M. President, Paul Elam.


Gaines County Group Travels to Peru

Posted by GainesFOM on September 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

A group of Gaines County residents travelled with Museum Director Roy Lynn Barnes and wife

Bea to Peru from July 22 to August 2.  The highlight of the adventure was a journey to the lost ruins

of the Incas at Machu Picchu, standing more than 9,000 ft. above sea level. The group included

(standing, l. to r.) Terry Jeffries and wife Jan, Roy Lynn and Bea Barnes, Connie Lamm, Kathy Davis,

Linda George; (kneeling, l. to r.) Tour guide Alex Vereau, and Charles George.  Connie Lamm, Kathy Davis,

and Charles George serve as officers of the Friends of the Gaines County Museum, Seminole division.

Badges provide new fund raising opportunity

Posted by GainesFOM on March 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

With the acquisition of new badge-making equipment, the Friends of the Museum may now provide a new service to the public, and an attractive new source of revenue for the museum. From the whimsical to something more market oriented, the museum can fill any order, whether it's a single custom button for someone special, or larger quantities for upcoming business or community events. Proceeds from the sale of these custom buttons provide funding for museum related programs, events, and supplies. Visit the Museum during business hours for details, sizes, and pricing.





Museum Hosts Dr. Tyra Manning Book Signing

Posted by GainesFOM on

SEMINOLE AUTHOR RETURNS TO UNVEIL NEW BOOK AT THE MUSEUM

Throughout her 40-year career, Seminole native Dr. Tyra Manning dreamed of bringing hope to people struggling with mental illness. That dream is becoming a reality with the publication of "Where the Water Meets the Sand," which describes the devastation of losing a loved one, the time that Dr. Manning spent in a psychiatric hospital, and the love and support that enabled her to persevere through the darkest times.

Those who know Tyra Manning and her family may be surprised to learn of her long-time battle with addictions and clinical depression, trials she faced both before and after her husband was killed in Vietnam. Now she is devoting her energies to overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness and opening doors to resources for support and treatment. Dr. Manning's mission is to comfort those suffering in silence, reducing the stigmas associated with mental illness, and opening doors to resources for support and treatment.

Dr. Manning conducted a brief book signing at the Museum on October 25th, and spoke to a gathering at the Gaines County Library later in the evening.Dr. Manning donated a portion of the revenue from sales of the book to both the Gaines County Museum and the Gaines County library. 

Books are available for purchase at the Gaines County Museum. Donations will be made both to the Museum and the Gaines County Library.


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