Reopening of the County Courthouse Museum on Saturday

PINEVILLE — The McDonald County Historical Society will reopen the Courthouse Museum for the season on Saturday.

During the reopening celebration on Saturday, adults will take part in a scavenger hunt in the courthouse to be completed by going through each exhibit. Completed scavenger hunts will enter participants’ names into a draw for a $250 gift card. Children visiting the courthouse will receive a coloring sheet, which will be shared on the historical society’s website, and receive an ice cream coupon from the Jane Store.

Also during the grand reopening are nature posters created by seventh graders, which visitors will be able to view in the courtroom.

Lynn Tatum, chair of the board of the McDonald County Historical Society, said she involves students in the museum whenever she can.

“The posters will be displayed on easels around the courtroom, and the students will share,” Tatum said. “If anyone is ever thinking of planting trees, I encourage them to come and learn from these seventh graders,” Tatum said, noting that the students made posters of trees native to the area.

Gayla Baker, who helped plan the museum’s reopening alongside LaSandra McKeever, said the museum will open Memorial Day weekend and will be open through December. The museum closes for part of the year due to the cost of being open year-round and the number of current faculty willing to open and work at the museum.

Baker said community members should come see the museum to learn more about the county’s history.

“Come and see our county’s heritage and history, and make new friends,” Baker said.

The reopening will take place on May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the McDonald County Courthouse Museum on Pineville Square.

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