4TH Annual Heritage Day at the Goodman House in Tyler

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 2:09pm

tyler — The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the 4th Annual Heritage Day on Saturday, May 19, on the grounds of the 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

The event will feature demonstrations and displays of Civil War memorabilia portrayed by Civil War re-enactors, to include Civil War era weaponry, a rifle brigade, cannon, medical instruments, period clothing, and more. There will be live demonstrations by heritage artisans including spinners, weavers, quilters, a blacksmith and more, with their crafts being displayed on the grounds in front of the Goodman home. Some of the crafts are available for sale.

New this year in the museum are scheduled historical presentations by Mr. Norris White on “Forgotten Confederates: Black Texans in the Confederate Army” at 11 a.m. and noon, along with Mr. Jack Dyess on “Myths on the War Between the States” at 1 and 2 p.m.

There will be a variety of animals from Country Critters for kids of all ages to pet, feed, and enjoy, including a baby miniature donkey, mule and goats.

Two authors will be present for book signings on books that cover Tyler's pictorial history, as well as historical fiction set in post-Civil War era. Bring your lawn chairs and sit a spell, listening to talks of yesteryear and the way things used to be. Musicians and singers will be playing vintage music selections on the grounds, with dulcimer music to be played inside the museum. Have your picture drawn with Licorice the friendly horse, by his owner and artist.

The lovely Azalea Belles will greet visitors as they enter the Goodman mansion along with costumed re-enactors giving tours of this old southern home. Rides in a horse and carriage will be provided by Farm Valley Carriages, from the Goodman home down Broadway Avenue to the downtown square, for a small fee. Concessions will also be available in the LeGrand Park for purchase. This event is part of Tyler’s celebration of National Preservation Month.

For more information, please contact Patricia Heaton at (903) 531-1286, or go to www.goodmanmuseum.com.

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