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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Good News from the Maxey House!

by Lynn Deal, site manager for the Sam Bell Maxey House

Here at the Sam Bell Maxey House we are celebrating great news for the Friends of the Maxey House, a 501(c) 3 organization that supports our mission. On Oct. 27, the Friends of the Maxey House received the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce 2009 Visionaries Award. The award recognized the Friends’ 16-year-commitment to the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site (formerly known as the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Structure) through their various contributions, including the purchase and planting of flowers on the Maxey grounds.

The transition of site ownership from Texas Parks & Wildlife to a state museum run by the Texas Historical Commission, as well as the state’s current four-year exterior preservation project at the Sam Bell Maxey House was also acknowledged at the awards ceremony. The Friends of the Maxey House currently consists of approximately 65 members. Seven of the 15 board members were present to receive the award at the Chamber’s 105th awards banquet. The current board includes President Daisy Harvill, Vice President Laura Carrington, Treasurer Judy Gibbons, Secretary Phyllis Bryan, Chairman Carl Covert, Judy Martin, Brady Fisher, Jeanette Bender, Caroleen Thornton, Betty Ann Entzminger, Martha Stephens, Devon Mason, Armand Frank, George Kimbrough and Arvin Starrett. A big congratulations goes out to our Friends, we appreciate all you do!

**The Sam Bell Maxey House is located in Paris at the corner of Church and Washington streets in the Texas Lakes Trail Region.

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