The Coleman Museum and Gallery at Heritage Hall (CHAPS) recently received a donation of $3911.72 from the Coleman High School Class of 1965. The presentation of the class, represented by Ralph Terry and Diann Dunn Dillingham, which did not able to attend the presentation, was made in honor of all their class members, deceased and living.
In the photo: Ralph Terry presents a donation check to the CHAPS officers. From left to right: Kathy Andrews, Treasurer; Greg Palmer, President; Ralph Terry, CHS Class of 1965; and Yolinda Weston, secretary. (Photo by Cameron Hanson)
The class of 1965 was the largest class to graduate from Coleman High School with 103 graduates, 153 of whom were in high school at any given time. The class held meetings for many years and had accumulated funds through numerous donations from past classmates. Over the years, the class lost 44 known members and felt it was time to send those donations to a local Coleman institution in need of funding.
The Coleman Museum was selected by available members of the class to receive this donation. As a worthy institution, it is dedicated to preserving the past times of Coleman and the memories of the past of the people of Coleman, in the form of memories, words and images. In order to maintain its collection in good condition and to be able to present it to the public, as well as to keep the old church building in good condition, the non-profit society CHAPS needs constant funding. The CHS Class of 1965 encourages all Coleman residents to donate to the museum, both memorabilia and money.
Coleman Heritage, Arts & Preservation Society (CHAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 2000 to promote and preserve the arts, history and architecture of Coleman and Coleman County. In 2005, CHAPS received the historic Presbyterian Church at 400 West College Avenue in Coleman. Since that date, the organization has moved the Coleman Museum from the city park to the building, now called Heritage Hall. In addition to the museum, an art gallery displaying the works of local artists is open to the public. There is a large meeting room, with a fully equipped kitchen to rent for business meetings. Weddings / receptions, meetings, etc. are also welcome to visit the facility for social and family events.