Heritage, Volume 9, Number 4, Fall 1991 Page: 24
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(Above ) The rebirth
of the Bell County
took two years and almost
a half of a million
dollars. The building
was reopened on
March 1, 1991, after
Carnegie, wealthy industrialist
in the United States;
12 of those were in the
state of Texas.
$10,000 to the building
of the library in
Belton. He is pictured
with his wife Louise.
of the Bell County
6:30 p.m.), the beautifully restored
Carnegie Library, which now houses the
new Bell County Museum, was opened once
again following years of neglect and decay.
The museum houses artifacts that related
to the history of the Bell County
region. One of the greatest attractions is the
Governor Miriam A. Ferguson collection
that highlights the colorful history of two of
Texas' most famous politicians. (Her husband
GovernorJames E. Ferguson was barred
from holding office or running for governor
himself after his impeachment in 1917.)
As Governor Ann W. Richards said in a
letter to the Bell County Museum regarding
the restoration of the Carnegie Building,
" In a state so rich in historical treasures, it is
vital that we all work to preserve those
items of our culture which time would steal
from us. The citizens of Bell County have
every reason to be proud of their success."
Those that see the Carnegie Building in
Belton are sure to agree.
Museum hours are Wednesday through
Sunday 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. For information
on the Bell County Museum and its
programs call (817) 939-6110.
Carl McQueary is executive director of the Bell
24 HERITAGE * FALL 1991
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