Society to host historical trails program

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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The Bridgeport Historical Society and Bridgeport ISD students will present “The Crossroads of History” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Bridgeport Stage. The fun and educational event will explain the significance of the Butterfield Overland Stage and other trails that have traversed the area.

Bridgeport fourth graders will sing Texas songs, and high school juniors will perform three short skits about life during the Butterfield Stage Days.

“We are so excited to have the students involved,” society member Ilene Enochs said. “They do study this in their history class so it’s a nice fit.”

The student-written skits are based on research conducted by the high schoolers. That research will form the premise of an institution historical society members – led by Ken Sprecher and Dr. Robert Marlett – plan to establish at the museum.

“This is the first full-fledged effort to collect papers for this institution,” Enochs said. “We plan to have this institution in our museum so people who want to know more about the Butterfield and other trails can come in and pull things to study … A lot of universities have certain institutions that focus on a specific topic or event. I don’t know of any other small museums hosting one.”

(Read more about the effort in an upcoming issue of the Messenger.)

At the event Thursday, commentators will also speak in between the skits.

The event is the fourth annual collaborative meeting between all of the historical societies in the county. One host society determines a meeting place and program. Last year, the Paradise Historical Society hosted the event with a program on Machine Gun Kelly. The year before, the Wise County Historical Society held the event at the Wise County Heritage Museum. The inaugural event was held in Bridgeport.

The event is open to anyone with an interest in history. Admission is free.

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