Sep 04 2015
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The Llano County Historical Society held its annual meeting May 7 at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Members and guests enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner. Out-going president Mike Reagor welcomed the attendees and proceeded with approval of the minutes from the 2014 meeting and presented the financial report.
A summary of museum activities during the past year was then given by Mike Reagor. The museum had 2,301 visitors and received $2,656 from donations and cookbook sales. Other events the museum participated in included Nights at the Museum, Kids Night, Western Trappings, the Llano Earth Arts Festival, and Fiddle Fest . Mike noted that the museum has made improvements to the building and hopes to have some new special exhibits soon on World War I and the battle at Packsaddle Mountain.
Charles Wendt gave a report on Western Trappings on the Llano. Trappings brought in around 2,000 visitors to Llano and exhibited works of 68 artists with a value of $200,000. The Western Trappings committee is hard at work on this year's event, which will be held September 18, 2015 through November 15, 2015.
The new slate of officers for 2015-2016 was presented and voted on. New officers are Charles Wendt, president, Marilyn Hale, vice-president, JoAnn McDougall, secretary, Rhonda Perkins, treasurer, and Judy Miller, reporter. Emeritus Directors are Twinkle Paxton, Bettye Russell and Walter Wallis. The Board of Directors are Billy Click, Jerry Hilbun, JoAnn McDougall, Stanley Miller, Tommi Myers, Patsye Parker, Rhonda Perkins, Roger Pinckney, Mike Reagor, Ida Nell Schuessler, Carl Shannon, Bill Spain, Patricia Wagner, Marilyn Hale, Linda Jewell, Denise Kennedy, Hudson Long, Martha Long, Gerry Martin, Judy Miller, Bitsy Russell, Bill Stewart, Mary Beth Stewart and Charles Wendt.
The program for the evening was presented by Jim Beasley, media director at the Llano schools. Jim grew up in Llano and graduated from Llano High. He has worked for Llano ISD for 10 years. Jim gave a very informative talk on the use of computers and 3-D printing. The LISD Enhanced Learning Center teaches Llano students at all levels new technologies in 3-D simulation, modeling, scanning and printing. Jim even scanned some items at the museum recently and used that to print a 3-D model. The use of this technology is a way to bring Llano County history to life to the students. Several of the 3-D items were on display for the group to see. A question and answer session followed.
Twinkle Paxton was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for her years of service as a Director of the Llano County Historical Museum. The certificate from the Board of Directors names her a Director Emeritus of the Llano County Historical Society.
The Llano County Museum strives to preserve and present the history of Llano County, and is always looking for people who would be interested in this endeavor.