Enjoying a slow, cool Monday at the museum. We've had three visitors today so far. The old baggage room seems to be a point of interest today for at least one visitor. Betty gave her a tour pointing out items of interest. Which leads me to say; one of the best things about visiting the museum is that you are welcome to tour at your leisure or one of us will be glad to show you around.
We are two days into June and the dog days of summer are giving us a preview. It's plain hot outside ya'll. Just one more reason to stick your head in here. We are air conditioned and the cool brick and concrete floors of the museum have a natural tendency to be cool.
Today is slow with only one visitor thus far and one lazy tabby cat meandering past the glass front door.Which leads me to say, there is no need to stay away and every reason to visit. The slow easy Southern style so often portrayed in books and movies, is what Vivian Railroad Museum is all about. We won't hurry you off and would love to hear something about your corner of the world, even if it's one street away in Vivian.
The last day of school being Tuesday May 31 opens the door for students to keep their minds active by visiting the only museum in Vivian. Not only will a visit to us benefit the young people, but parents can know that at least for part of their vacation day, they are engaged in a safe and healthy activity. So parents please encourage your children to visit us. Better yet, you come too. You are sure to learn something new about the town you live in!
On Monday, May 9th two classes of Vivian Elementary Middle Magnet School eight graders and their teachers paid us a visit. Betty Matthews, our animated curator welcomed them with an important question and equally important answer: "You all know the name of the parish we live in is Caddo. Why?" The students answered "Because of the Caddo Indians!" Betty quickly replied "And you know you are here to see an exhibit about indians. Well guess what! You will not be seeing anything about the Caddo Indians here today." She went on to explain that the Native Nations of Louisiana exhibit deals strictly with the Native Nations currently active in our state. Having had their curiosity peaked, the students were lead to the south end of the museum where the exhibit is displayed.
It is not always about what we bring to our guests it is what our guests bring to us! Tuesday 5/3, when we least expected it the owner and trainer of KARMA FARMS of Marshall, Texas came to check out the museum.
What she did not know is that yours truly is a horse nut and was beside herself when she had the opportunity to meet "Jack" a beautiful Colonial Spanish Mustang Stallion who they had brought to Vivian for pre-show testing. Jack, a twenty-two year old stallion with a beautiful grullo coat*, was more interested in the sweet green grass that grows in front of the station than he was in us, but it was a pleasure just to visit with Ms. Vickie Ives, his owner and Dylan, his handler.
Ms. Vickie has promised to come back when we can make arrangements at a time suitable for all, and bring some horses with her so we can introduce them to Vivian. So keep visiting our website for an announcement of the special date.
And check out Karma Farms website too www.karmafarms.com and don't forget to "Like" their Facebook page.
*Grullo, Grulla, or Blue Dun: A horse with a black base color and the dun gene. Coat is solid "mouse-colored" gray or silver with black or dark gray primitive markings. see en.wikipedia.org/Equine_coat_color
We are excited about this latest exhibit and believe you will be too. With information ranging from the names of the various nations to highlights of their culture and language, the exhibit also features beautiful photographs of regalia, artifacts, and more.
If we seem anxious to have you visit, it is because we are! The exhibits are not easy to come by and are well worth the time it takes to enjoy the displays for which there is no admission fee. Please make a point to come any weekday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment (318) 375-5300. Groups are welcome!
We are happily surprised to find that our next exhibit Native Nations of Louisiana first scheduled for a May arrival, will arrive this Friday. Beginning the week of April 18th the exhibit will be up and running. We hope that local students and their teachers will enjoy visiting and learning more about the Native American presence in Louisiana.
Vivian is all purplie pink in Redbud blossoms. I can't help but think about what it must have been like in 1921, when the station was newly erected, and travelers disembarked the train this time of year. Would the trees be the first thing they noticed? They certainly would be hard to miss.
Or maybe passengers would be too busy admiring the beauty of Vivian Railroad Station, with her beautiful red brick face and the red tiled roof, and once inside, the many windows allowing the light to paint the floors.
While passenger trains no longer stop at Vivian, the station is still a romantic spot to enjoy as you travel Louisiana Highway 1. Just off the main highway at the head of Louisiana Avenue, Vivian Railroad Station awaits you. Be sure not to pass her by.
It has been a very good month so far here at the museum. Though attendance was small, those of us who were present enjoyed the reception for the introduction of the World Will Move exhibit on the 8th. Any refreshments that were not consumed that evening have remained available to daily visitors to the museum. We anticipate a nice flow of visitors this coming Saturday 2/19/2011, the day of the Black History Parade. The parade committee will provide refreshments at the museum that day too.
We are very excited about the World Will Move exhibit and hope to have many visitors to view the 16 panel display! We are thankful to Louisiana State Museum for loaning us this and the other exhibits yet to come.