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Heritage Center of Freeport Museum and Welcome Center opens in Freeport

Nov 7th, 2013 | 0

Story and photos by JEFFREY POWELL
Well upwards of 175 people gathered at the old Freeport Post Office for the opening of the Heritage Center of Freeport Museum and Welcome Center. The ceremony took place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Rev. Lewis Taunton opened the event with a prayer. Afterward Curator Tim Ard addressed the gathering.
“The Heritage Center concept was the vision of Freeport Mayor Russ Barley,” said Ard. “While campaigning for his office this past year, he would say that if I am elected, I want to make the old post office a historical venue. Staying true to his vision, on the evening of his swearing in he brought the idea before the city council for their consideration, and at the following meeting two weeks later brought it to a vote, which received overwhelming support.”
Ard also thanked everyone that helped with the project and made a special effort to recognize Freeport Historian Beckie Buxton.
“We in the city of Freeport owe a world of gratitude to Beckie for her decades of service as city historian,” said Ard. She has collected photos, memorabilia, held interviews with the old-timers and dedicated her life to recording our heritage. Beckie we love you and we thank you for all that you have done to keep the memories of Freeport alive.”
Helen Hunt-Rigdon, representing Congressman Jeff Miller’s office, presented Barley with an American flag which had flown over the capital. The museums board of directors were also recognized. The board consists of Tim Ard, Beckie Buxton, Sandra Pugh, Kasey Cuchens and Lora Renfroe.
“On behalf of the city I would like to welcome you and thank you for joining us this afternoon for this wonderful ribbon cutting and opening of the Heritage Center of Freeport. One of my visions as the new mayor is coming true today,” said Barley. “Many thanks to our city historian Beckie Buxton for all of her hard work in collecting all of the historical data about our city.”
After the ribbon cutting the Freeport Town Planters served cake and punch. Visitors also got to see the facility for the first time.

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