After more than a year’s hiatus, the Springtown Legends Museum is reopening next week.
The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17-18, the museum’s leading volunteer and coordinator Marilyn Fackler said. Likewise, the museum is expected to be open during those same hours on Fridays and Saturdays moving forward.
Since the museum is reopening on St. Patrick’s Day, Fackler is planning a leprechaun-themed game with prizes. Attendees can visit the museum and collect leprechaun hats and pins to win prizes. The grand opening will include a leprechaun — courtesy of Fackler’s grandson — and a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end. This event is open to kids and adults.
The museum has been closed since the end of 2021. Fackler and her family have endured health issues and medical procedures that have prevented the museum from reopening sooner.
Now that she’s able to open the museum again, Fackler is planning upcoming activities for children. These free events are expected to occur monthly and include a story and craft for children. She also may show history-related movies at the museum in a drive-in theater style.
“We’ve got big plans,” Fackler said.
Some of the story and craft events that Fackler wants to have are:
- The story of the train that was supposed to come through Springtown with children crafting a train.
- A lesson on space and kids will make a helmet.
- A lesson on Quanah Parker and the children will make a handprint on a tipi tent.
- The story of the La Salle Expedition with a dig for gold coins.
- A dig to explore the history of the gold rush.
The kids who attend every event can make a mobile of their activities in August, Fackler said.
“I'm trying to get things that I know kids would like, especially the digs,” she said. “When we did that dinosaur dig, those kids went crazy about it, and we had 100-200 kids that came for that dig.”
A lot of the activities will be for younger children. Fackler said she is working on programming for junior high age children as well.
To schedule a special tour of the museum, call 817-523-5939 or call Fackler directly at 817-694-7301. Those who would like to volunteer at the museum can contact Fackler.
- Jeff Prince
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