Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Two Sources of Inspiration

They say "it takes a village." It sure took a village to replace the museum's old split rail fence last spring. A team of Society members provided the muscle. Bobby Mizell provided the know-how. Under Bobby's direction, the group purchased split cedar rails, hand cut, made the old-fashioned way, the ones Bobby said were "just right."
With Bobby at the helm, the guys stacked the rails, stopping often to reposition the ones that Bobby said "needed fixing." It was a great exercise in teamwork with the guidance of an inspiring leader. In the background, as they worked,we could see the coal car that Bobby and wife Martha donated to the Society during the construction of the Coal Miner's Memorial. We lost Bobby last week. He will be remembered for many things, among them his determination, perseverance and drive to make sure everything was done "just right." Bobby's can-do attitude inspired us all. Thank you, Bobby.

 Bobby, far right, in red cap.
Bobby in red cap.

Inspiration of a different sort springs from the enthusiasm of Becky and Robert Walker and Marion Mathis of Mansfield's Dixie Theatre Restoration project. They shared their successes and challenges with the Historical Society last night. They have the lofty goal of restoring the old theatre and are moving full steam ahead. Find them on Facebook and read about their upcoming fundraiser. Hats off to this group for saving this beloved old building.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend

Chances are you've seen our bronze coal miner statue at the Memorial on the Museum grounds. Someone had to pose for the sculptor. Our model was George "Bud" Lewis. Bud was former owner and CEO of the Quality Excelsior Coal Mine in Greenwood and board member of the National Coal Association, which made him a natural as our model. Bud was a "model" in many ways: in kindness, gentleness of spirit, friendliness and compassion. The Society lost a dear friend and colleague when he passed away August 3.

Bud was the husband of past president Sue Cravens Lewis and an active member of the Historical Society. He will be deeply missed.