Museum Happenings, Events, Exhibits

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The Ellis County Museum restarted its Brown Bag speaker series in September of 2009. This series features county residents speaking on local history and other topics of local interest. The event takes place the fourth Friday of the month from 12 – 1 PM at the Ellis County Museum, 201 S. College St. in downtown Waxahachie. The Brown Bag lunch series takes place in September, October, January, February, March, and April.

**Brown Bag logo courtesy of Mr. Jim West.

2019 – 2020 Brown Bag Series
September 27th
Mr. David Smith

“Let’s Hit the Trail”

Let’s hit the trail with David as he shares his experiences and discoveries of cowboy life and culture from his travels.  Museums for cattle drives and cowboy culture he has visited include the Great Western Trail in Vernon, the Rodeo Museum in Dublin, the Chisholm Trial Museum in Duncan, Oklahoma.

October 25th

Mr. Ron Finch


This is a presentation of the genesis of the LARKIN PACKER COMPANY, beginning with the son of an Irish immigrant in 1887, and the contributions of generations to follow, culminating in the LARKIN PACKER COMPANY coming to Waxahachie in 1954, and the subsequent impact to the local community.

January 24th

Ms. Nancy Farrar
“The U.S. Camel Corps”

In 1855, Congress appropriated money to purchase camels for use by the military in the Southwest, and the U.S. Camel Corps began. How did it develop and operate? Did the plan succeed? What happened to the camels? For answers to these and other questions, plan to attend this Brown Bag event.

February 28th

Ms. Shelley Gayler-Smith
“Who Wore It Best: Dating Photographs from Clothes”


March 27th


April 24th



This informal lunch series is free and open to the public. This idea was originally conceived and organized by Ms. Julie Webb a number of years ago and was re-initiated by Ms. Beth Price.

Past Brown Bag Speakers