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    All events are held in the G. C. Rann Auditorium on the second floor of the museum. The late G. C. Rann and his wife Maurine and the citizens of Decatur began restoration of the auditorium, and the completion of the restoration process has the auditorium a showplace.  We have a full schedule of events planned for the rest of the year.

Museum Auditorium
(photo by Blake Hannah)

A ramp, steps that are easy to use for walkers and an elevator are available to make the museum accessible to the physically challenged. 



Our annual Fall Archeology Tour will be October 21st, 2017.  We will meet at the Wise County Heritage Museum between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m..  We are planning on leaving the Museum at 9 am. preceeding East to the Decatur Lake built approximately 1921/1922.  Due to many problems with the dam site it was later abandoned for wells drilled to take its place.  After visiting this site we will proceed to the Askey Farm, where we will be going to a dig site.  Steve Hillard will be guiding us to this site and give a short presentation about the dig.
We have not made plans for lunch at this time.  We will end the tour at the Askey Farm and return to Decatur.  We can either meet somewhere for lunch or go to our respective homes.


Dear History Friends:

It is time again for our annual joint historical societies meeting.  This year, Paradise Historical Society is hosting the event.  It will be held in the Wise County Heritage Museum at 6 PM on November 4th.  Please pass along the information below to other members of your respective historical group as you are all invited to attend.   
Thank You All:
Kerry Clower, President
Wise County Historical Society, Inc.
Press Release
Paradise, Texas
October 16, 2017
“Eight Days in Paradise” – a Historical One-Act Play to be Presented November 4
 The Paradise Historical Society will host a Wise County-wide historical presentation on Saturday evening, November 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM.    The subject will be the 1933 Kidnapping of Oklahoma oilman, Charles Urschel, in the form of an one-act play called “Eight Days in Paradise”.
On July 22, 1933, Machine Gun Kelley and side-kick Albert Bates kidnapped Oklahoma oilman, Charles Urschel, from his home in Oklahoma City and drove him to a farm near Paradise, Texas.   Nine days later he was released after a $200,000 ransom payment was made.   Eight of those nine days the hostage spent in the ramshackle farmhouse of Armon Shannon, the 22 year old son of Boss Shannon.   This dramatization will depict how the captive survived, bound and blind-folded, during those disturbing and traumatic days and how his intellectual bravery eventually took him from victim to victor.  
This historical dramatization will be presented at the beautifully preserved G. C. Rann Auditorium, Wise County Heritage Museum, at 1602 South Trinity Street, Decatur, Texas 76234.   Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Paradise Museum Tuesdays and Saturdays each week from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; at Hometown Tees Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; or online at http://www.paradisehistoricalsociety.org/eight-days-paradise/ (plus $1 handling fee).   Tickets at the door will be $12.   All proceeds will benefit the Paradise Museum.   Seating is limited, so patrons are encouraged to purchase early.
Actors include:   Jim Taylor, Rob Little, Bryson Clark, Wayne Smith, Jan Pierce, Adrienne Faulhaber, Chris Hodges; and Slade Shannon, who will play the part of his great-grandfather, Armon.   Brenda Jabs will be the moderator; stage manager is Shanna Smith; lighting and sound – Kaya Shannon and Kerry Clower.  Writer/Director, Donna Weeden.
 All members of Wise County Historical Societies, community groups, and the general public are invited to attend this hour-long, captivating, entertaining, and dramatic event.   Light refreshments will follow.

Donna Weeden
President, Paradise Historical Society