For the last 15 years, Ginger Nye, John West and Margie Morris have come together to be readers at the “An Evening of Texana” at the Sherman Museum. The storytelling event is interactive for viewers and often includes some well known and lesser known works.
This year’s event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the lower community room of the museum and will include reading selections by Texas authors. The day includes refreshments, adult beverages and donations to the museum.
“Evening of Texana has steadily grown to encompass a broad audience of readers, lovers of history and people looking for a fun evening,” museum volunteer Dorothy McKee said in a news release. “The choices are often light and comedic, which always pleases the audience. The readers are folks with a great sense of humor, so the selections are similar to their personalities.”
The event was originally meant to mimic the Texas Bound series hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art, but the Sherman Museum has made “An Evening of Texana” its own. The brainchild of Sue Malnory, “An Evening of Texana” was originally held at the Sherman Public Library and First United Methodist Church.
“We’ve seen a loyal audience grow significantly over time to the point that even during tornado warnings one year, they showed up!” Nye said in the news release.
While the event is free and open to the public, some of the stories may not be suitable for children. The museum asks that parents use discretion.
“The readers always choose works by Texas authors and I have heard that the event is quite entertaining,” Sherman Museum Executive Director Betsy Deiterman said about the event that she will be attending for the first time. “These readers have quite a following.”
According to McKee, Evening of Texana closely aligns with the museum’s mission of engaging and educating through varied and interesting programs.
“The Saturday before Thanksgiving, we will be having a canned food drive,” Deiterman said. “Tickets will be half priced for individuals that bring in a non-perishable food item.”
The day will also include kids crafts and a fall themed movie.
“We will be doing a similar event in December and a jolly red man in costume will be present,” Deiterman said. “We will also have a float in the Sherman Christmas parade in December.”
The Sherman Historical Museum is located at 301 S. Walnut. For more information, contact the museum at 903-893-7623.