Officials at the Brown County Museum of History decided to create an exhibit to observe Women’s History Month, but March brings with it another reason to celebrate.
“Since it’s also Texas History Month, we decided to go really big,” Brandy Miles, museum assistant said Friday.
The initial thought was to present a program with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Miles said, since that organization has done so much to preserve the state’s history. But as the concept was expanded, other organizations were contacted.
The museum will celebrate Women’s History Month with a program at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at 209 North Broadway, in the main building of the museum across the street from the old jail.
Admission will be $5 per person, and because of the anticipated response, reservations are requested. That can be done on the museum’s Facebook Event page, or by calling museum Director Wanda Furgason at (325) 642-5072.
Program details are still developing, but this week, four speakers have been confirmed.
They are Dr. Julie Welker on the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Suzanne Prosise on the Women’s Club of Brownwood, Robin Wheeler on Girl Scouting, and Betty Evans on the Christian Women’s Job Corps.
Another program will feature the life of Dr. Mollie Wright Armstrong, the Brownwood resident who in 1899 became the first female optometrist in Texas and only the second in the country.
“The program will discuss how much women have contributed to the good of Brown County, as well as the world,” Mills said. “They have made their mark through education, civic organizations, the arts, historic preservation and study groups.”
The displays marking the month are already in place at the museum, and feature items tied to women’s organizations and businesses through the history of Brownwood.
“It is estimated that over 70 percent of public libraries in the state were founded or preserved with assistance from women’s clubs,” Mills said. “That surprised me, but the approximate number has been well documented.”
A display case in the museum holds a number of women’s hats, while another features records from local women’s organizations.
During the March 25 program, museum guests will be invited to participate in a treasure hunt of sorts, where they will be given a list of specific items on display in the museum and asked to find where they are.
“There is so much here, you could go through it 10 times and find something new each time,” Mills said. The hunt is designed to focus the attention of those attending on different, often smaller items on display.
Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Standard admission fee is $3 per person.