By BRIAN SMITH
Doss Heritage and Cultural Center officials are looking for people that have fond memories of the downtown square to help out with a planned exhibit coming this summer.
Center Curator Amanda Rush said an exhibit, entitled “A Walk Around Town,” is planned to start in July after the center undergoes a gallery renovation in June. Rush said the center has a lot of smaller artifacts that really don’t fit into one exhibit in particular, many of them coming from when banking and commerce flourished on the square.
“The square was the place to be once upon a time,” Rush said. “With the groups trying to revitalize the square itself, this would be a great time to do an exhibit. The square is a life form in and of itself.”
In the archives at the center include such items as a parking meter, which was used on the square to allow parking for just a few pennies. Rush is looking for members of the public of any age who have memories of the square to provide.
With the collection of memories gathered by the public, either oral, written or in the form of artifacts, what is going on today can be tied in with the past for a fluid history of time on the square, Rush said.
Anyone wishing to take part in the exhibit can contact Rush at 817-599-6168 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibit and its ideas are still very fluid with nothing set in stone, Rush said.
The gallery renovation will involve splitting the area up into two galleries. While the two galleries will be connected by doors to help with flow of the area, the smaller gallery will be used for rotating exhibits, while the larger gallery will still be used for longer-term exhibits focusing on Parker County and Texas as a whole.
“We’re always being told we need to switch out exhibits here and have more things, and this will hopefully provide us that opportunity,” Rush said.