Cotton, Farm to Market
Tri-Cities Coalition of Historical Societies (Murphy, Wylie, and Sachse) are pleased to announce a joint venture, Cotton, Farm to Market. The interactive program centers on students in grades K-6 and is funded in part by the $600.00 grant from the Collin County Historical Society. The idea for the event came up in a meeting about the disappearance of cotton farming in southern Collin County.
The event will be held at the Sachse Historical Society Museum at 3033 6th Street in Sachse, Texas on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.
The focus is on how cotton was planted, grown, and sent market on trains. Craig Jones, a direct descendant of both William Sachse and Daniel Herring and current owner of a farm will be at the event to discuss how cotton was planted, grown, and harvested on his farm. After harvesting, cotton was taken to a local gin in Wylie, Murphy, or Garland and sent to market on the Santa Fe Railroad.
Students will visit a variety of stations set up in and around the museum. The Children’s Librarian from the Smith Public Library in Wylie will share cotton stories. Both the Wylie and Sachse libraries will have event flyers available at the libraries. North Texas Civilian Historians will perform, and a fiddler will play cotton and train songs for students. Cotton Carding, Cotton Ball Arts and Crafts, and Sack Race activities are other activities available. Parents are encouraged to take photos of their student on numerous pieces of farm equipment at the museum. Various exhibits will feature historical photographs of cotton farming and trains from Wylie, Murphy, and Sachse. In addition, exhibits about the history of cotton processing and products and the history of the Santa Fe Train and Railroad are available for viewing.
Additional information can be found on the individual society websites or contact Donna Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org.