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Lions Club hears program on Navarro’s Pearce Museum

College’s Civil War collection is most revered in the state
Considered to hold the finest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi River, the Pearce Collections Museum is one of the cultural gems of the region.
Julie Holcomb, Director of the Pearce Collections Museum located at Navarro College in Corsicana, spoke to the Ennis Noon Lions Club about the history of the facility and what it has to offer.
Started in 1996, the museum has evolved from a 40-piece collection in the college’s library into a two-part facility highlighting Civil War memorabilia and Western art with Texas’ largest planetarium attached.
Holcomb said the museum is named after Charles and Peggy Pearce, who acquired the first Civil War documents donated to the college between 1991-1996. In the next five years the museum’s collection grew to include approximately 3,000 documents, featuring first-hand accounts of the war in letters, diaries, journals, images and artifacts from the era. Between $125,000-$250,000 is spent each year collecting documents and the Pearce Civil War Museum and Archives now consists of about 17,000 original letters, documents and artifacts. In 1998 while moving into a smaller home and not having the room, the Pearce family gave Navarro College about 30 western pieces of art and the Pearce Western Art Museum now has between 200-225 pieces. The goal of the Pearce Western Art Museum is to collect and make available for public enjoyment works by the best artists, both new and established, who represent the world of American Western art.
“We help with the discovery of new artists as well,” Holcomb said. By 2000 the college was running out of room in its library with artifacts and paintings nearly being stacked on top of one another. Two years later the college broke ground for the museum that stands now.
“We were rapidly running out of space and we were not giving justice to these works of art,” Holcomb said.
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. General admission is $8 and discounts are available for senior citizens and students. Tours are also available.
Holcomb’s desire is to get the word out about the museum and all the fascinating history it details.
“When you have a small marketing budget it’s a hard problem to overcome,” Holcomb said about publicizing the museum. “If we get you in the door we will get you to tell your friends and return.”
The museum is located on the Navarro College Campus at 3100 W. Collin Ave. For more information about the museum visit the institute’s website at www.pearcecollections.us.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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