In an effort to fulfill the Smith County Historical Society’s mission of preservation and presentation, a wonderful museum is housed in the front rooms of the old 1904 Carnegie Library. Although the old Library in-and-of-itself is a historical treasure, the exhibits housed within weave together the history of Smith County, Texas seamlessly through permanent and temporary exhibits.
Over the past 30 years, the Society has been the home of dioramas ranging from Caddo Indians to our historic Cotton Belt railroad. Recently, in an effort to celebrate the Centennial anniversary of the entrance of the United States in to World War I, these dioramas have been removed and a new World War I exhibit will takes its place. This new exhibit Wading Through Blood: The Great War & Smith County Men opened November 18, 2017 and is free to the public!
The Society will continue to offer a permanent exhibit with its 20th Century of Progress exhibit, and eventually, a Civil War exhibit. In addition, with the remodeling of the old diorama locations, the Society hopes to provide the perfect slate for new and exciting upcoming exhibits! Make sure to check back frequently for these new exhibits.
The pictures below represent the major changes made to our exhibit gallery in 2017. The dioramas were installed in the early 1980’s with few updated given over the years. They were officially removed September 22, 2017 to create the new temporary exhibit gallery for the Society. By removing these dioramas, the Society was able to repair different aspects of our walls, repaint the space, recarpet, and remove a majority of our window coverings! The space now serves as a versatile open space for future exhibits.