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Group works to preserve history

The Ennis Heritage Society held a membership reception recently in the home of members Rusty and Linda Rudd.
The organization is now in its 27th year. Its stated mission, “to protect and preserve historic resources that focus on Ennis and Ellis County for the use, education and enjoyment of present and future generations,” is something vice president Ginger Boon takes very seriously.
“We are trying to educate the public about preserving the past because that has made the city what it is today,” she said. “People made wonderful contributions over the year and now we are caretakers of that so we try to honor those accomplishments in all we do.”
Boon said the goal of the group for the upcoming year is to get back to basics and bring attention to the wonderful things the city has to offer by focusing on what is already part of the community.
“We are focusing on making the most of what you’ve got, sort of a ‘bloom where you’re planted’ attitude,” Boon said.
To help with that effort, original founding member of the Heritage Society, Sugar Glaspy has signed on to be the president of the group and help with the year’s projects. She said she is excited to get started on the many projects the group plans to take on.
“In keeping with our back to basics theme we are sort of seeing what needs done and where we are going,” she said. “A lot has changed since the group started and we are going to take advantage of the technology and the new ways to be more efficient to help us preserve the past.”
One aspect the group is very excited to be helping with this year is the ongoing projects the junior historians will be working on during the school year.
“I think it is a great thing to have so many younger people interested in history,” Boon said. “One day they will be where we are and if they have grown up with a love of history and have known to cherish it like we do, that can only mean good things for the future of the Heritage Society. I hope the students capture the interests of their parents and the entire family to become active in historical preservation.”
At the membership reception, board members and committee chairpersons were installed. Board members are: Harriett Adams, Mark and Gretchen Clement, Larry and Gwen Fleishman and Richard and Nina Webb (Corporate Sponsors); Sugar Glaspy (President); Boon (Vice President); Peggy Rankin (Correspondence Secretary); James Youngblood (Treasurer); Marty Moore, Zack Tenpenny, Billy Snow, Jimmy Boon, Jeanette Houdek and Linda Jones (Directors).
Committee chairpersons are: Laurie Wilson and Sugar Glaspy (Archives/Ennis Public Library); Sugar Glaspy (Programs); Ginger Boon (Membership); Nita Bozek (Railroad Museum); Gretchen Clement and Krista Havener (Education/Schools/Junior Historians); Randy Bigham (History column/Ennis Daily News); Peggy Rankin (Grants and Fundraising); Mike Wilson and Billy Snow (Templeton-McCanless District); Robbie Keever (National Register District); Jeanette Houdek (Membership Meeting Host) Mary H. Allen, Jackie Larson and Randy Bigham (Publicity).
The Ennis Heritage Society was founded in 1981 by Glaspy and the late Tia Atwood. The women were inspired by a seminar they attended, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission and focusing on the formation of non-profit organizations. The first meeting of the Ennis Heritage Society was held in the Atwood home where Director of the Dallas Historical Society John Crain addressed charter members who included Mary Helen Gentry and the late Mayor Jim Bob Wilson.
The Ennis Heritage Society column “Down Memory Lane” appears bimonthly in the Ennis Daily News.

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