Aldermen consider historic museum for town

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, November 2, 2005

WESSON – Plans to create an historic museum were discussedTuesday by the mayor and board of aldermen, who want to begin onthe project soon.

While plans for a museum have fallen short in years past,aldermen are confident that with the help of Wesson residents amuseum can be a reality by the town’s 150th anniversary in 10years.

“This is a good dream. This could work if we get a committeetogether to do this,” said Alderman Bobby Britt, who led thediscussion.

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Britt said numerous residents have expressed an interest in atown museum through the years.

Several years ago, the Chamber of Commerce began working onplans for a museum and park. That project generated ideas fromcitizens who eagerly committed to donating items when a museum wasbuilt, but it never happened.

Britt said the town museum would just be a start in revitalizingthe community and making use of the abandoned buildings aroundtown.

“Our history is our future,” he said. “I don’t see this as amill town any more. This is a bedroom community, but we need tocapitalize on our history.”

Mayor Alton Shaw said the idea was “very feasible.” He suggestedthe board members schedule a work night in the next month to getstarted on plans.

Britt asked each alderman to make a list of citizens who wouldbe interested in serving on a committee in charge of theproject.

The other aldermen said they would start looking for willingcitizens who want to take an active part in building the museum.Aldermen plan to discuss committee nominations at their work night,which has not yet been planned.

Other ways residents hope to revive Wesson is by involvingpeople in more town-wide activities, such as Christmas activitiesin December.

Librarian Susan Alsbury said she planned to encourage merchantsto open their businesses and join in some Christmas cheer on Dec.16. The library will host Christmas with Friends from 5-7 p.m., andSanta will visit the fire station at 7 p.m. Throughout the evening,carolers from local churches will sing in the downtown area, saidAlsbury.