Keep Jacksonville Beautiful and Texana Vanishing Museum Host Business After Hours


Business After Hours was hosted by Keep Jacksonville Beautiful and Texana Vanishing Museum on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.


The Vanishing Texana Museum had its official re-opening during the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours held at the Senior Center, 302 S. Bolton. The museum just recently complete a three-year renovation and expansion program that has given its precious historical artifacts and possessions a top quality facility for exhibiting the city’s and area’s fabulous heritage. The museum is open free of charge to the public on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and at any other time upon request to the city secretary’s office at (903) 586-3510, extension 14.


  The museum was founded in 1965 as part of the Jacksonville City Library in what is now called the Senior Center building. In 1983 the museum was moved with the library into the current city library location at 502 S. Jackson. As the library and museum’s collection grew larger and needed more floor space, plans were made to relocate the museum back to its original site in June 2012.  The move gave the museum much more exhibit area and allowed the library to utilize the space formerly storing the museum for expansion of its reading services for the public. The City of Jacksonville is proud to provide this educational and recreational attraction for our community.


Keep Jacksonville Beautiful was established in 2005 by the City of Jacksonville. Citizens have the opportunity to give to KJB by donations and a $1.00 addition to their City of Jacksonville water bill each month. Keep Jacksonville Beautiful has a committee of Community Leaders who carefully dedicate funds to various projects that help beautify our city and keep it clean. Keep Jacksonville Beautiful members are Donna Brumbelow-Chair, Emily Morrow-Vice Chair, Bobbie Durham, Debbie Kerzee, Sandy Minter, Altha Haba and Chris Fincher. During their recent daffodil sale they had 500-600 daffodils donated to the them so look for those to pop up around town this spring. If anyone is interested in donating time or money, or have any ideas for projects please get in touch with one of the members.


The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce would like to Thank the following businesses for their door prize donations: Hit the Spot, Solomon’s Garden, Connie Nice CPA, Harry’s Building Materials, Lady Jane's Antiques Estate Sale Specialist, Kerzee Insurance, Austin Bank, Julie Duren State Farm Insurance, Congratulations!, Merle Norman, ETMC, Jacksonville Area Arts Council and Joe Smith Plant Farms.