Buffalo Island Museum receives grant

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Buffalo Island Museum recently received a $2,500 grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage Humanities Council for repairs.

Monette Mayor Chub Qualls, Museum Director Ernestine Harrell and Royal Tilley display the $2,500 check from the Depatment of Arkansas Heritage for small museums. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

The museum has had the 33 broken glass blocks on the east side of the building replaced and the windows restored, with the grant funds. Billy Gathright with RGB Contractors completed the work.

The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. and on Sundays during November and December from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

"We have added two new Museum Committee members this year, Larry Drummond and Vince Corter," Museum Chairman Ernestine Harrell said. "All of our members volunteer their time to open the museum and take care of the facility. We meet the fourth Thursday of every month to make out schedules, plan fundraisers and assemble exhibits."

"We will be decorating for Christmas this year, as visitors drop by when coming home for the holidays," Harrell said. "We have had two fundraisers this year and plan to have hot dogs, hot chocolate, and coffee available next door to the museum on Edmonds Street."

"Billy Mitchell of Paragould just finished repairing the roof to the museum," Mayor Chub Qualls said. "He gave us a 10 year warranty, which we felt was excellent."

"We get donations and items for exhibit almost every week," Royal Tilley said. "We got a piano from the family of Don Trammell, which was used in the band called Thunderbirds. There is always something new and interesting of interest for people of all ages. We try to rotate our exhibits."

Museum committee members Tilley and Donna Rolland are preparing a display of the progression of agriculture in the area and are looking for old photos of equipment and of people working on the farm.

Hats, tee shirts, key chains, and license plates are available for sale at the museum.

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