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Wise County Historical Society

The Wise County Historical Society, Inc., owns the Wise County Heritage Museum, and its main focus is to raise funds for the restoration and operation of the building and its contents . It is governed by Trustees and Officers, and it employs two  staff members. Membership is open to the public.

The group meets monthly (excluding August and December) on the 4th Thursday at noon for a luncheon meeting  in the auditorium of the museum. (In November, the meeting date is the 3rd Thursday to avoid conflict with Thanksgiving.) The meetings focus on various programs of historical interest.

The group makes scheduled tours of historical sites in the county as well.

Volunteers in the group assist genealogical researchers utilizing our Archive collections.  The proceeds from fees charged for their research goes to the museum restoration project.

  One of the main fund raising projects of the Society are the Ron Hammer Productions  Gospel Concert each year and our monthly Gospel Opry sing along Program on the last Monday night of each month.

The Wise County Historical Society has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Texas Historical Commission for Wise County for almost every year since 1973 due to their efforts to preserve the county's past.

Annual dues are $10 per person or $15 per couple. A lifetime membership is $150 per person. Members are admitted free to the museum and to the Archives Room. They also receive a newsletter in which queries may be listed at no cost. To join, complete the application and send a check or money order with your complete name and address to.

Wise County Historical Society, Inc.

1602 S. Trinity St.

Decatur, TX 76234


 Frank Blank, Sue Tacke and Cecily Pegues


Kerry Clower

Vice President:

Mary Hillard


Patti Gillispie

Treasurer and Executive Director of the Museum:

Rosalie Gregg


Steven Hillard


Nancy Rosendahl