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April 26, 2013

More than 125 items offered at Morton Museum auction

Cooke County — The Cooke County Heritage Society will celebrate Gainesville history when it hosts its 30th annual auction celebration at 6 p.m., Friday, May 3 at the Gainesville Civic Center. The $30 tickets are available at the Morton Museum with all proceeds benefiting the Morton Museum of Cooke County.

The evening’s theme is ‘Glorious Gainesville’ and will include dinner, live and silent auctions, a cash bar and various activities throughout the evening such as a haggler’s bazaar, raffles and other games.

Morton Museum director Jayleane Smith said more than 125 donated items will be featured in the live auction and the silent auctions.

“We have had some wonderful donations and we hope to surpass our $37,000 net amount we earned last year,” she said.

The funds raised at this event are used to cover costs of events of historical significance throughout the year. Various programs such as the North Central Texas College/Morton Museum lecture series programs, guest speakers, collection additions and other exhibits important to Cooke County are supported by this benefit.

As in years past, the auctions will include some historical items.

“A 1930 original oil lease image of Anderson Kerr Field hand drawn on linen is a featured item that has created a lot of interest,” Smith said.

History buffs may be interested in a tour for four of Dallas landmarks President John F. Kennedy visited just prior to his assasination on November 22, 1963. The tour — a live auction item — coincides with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assasination, she added.

The Kennedy tour will begin in Fort Worth and will include travel in a completely restored 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible similar to the one JFK, Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife rode in on that fateful day.

Also up for auction is a hard bound copy of the 1899 Home Seekers Special Edition published by the Gainesville Daily Register which has amazing articles of the day focusing on Gainesville and the Cooke County area. The book served as a guide to lure visitors and potential business to the area. Other items of interest also include antique furniture, photographs and other collectibles which will all be on display for bidding during the evening activities.

Sports fans will want to check out an autographed framed collage of Heisman trophy winner  Johnny Manziel a quarterback at Texas A&M University.

 “This will be a wonderful evening for anyone that loves history, auctions, great comraderie and of course ‘Glorious Gainesville,” Smith said.


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