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.

2018 – 2019 Brown Bag Series
September 28th
Ms. Candace Ahlfinger
“Memories of the Old Waxahachie Chautauqua and Getzendaner Park”

October 26th

January 25th

Mr. Steve Chapman
“Cooler Times – Cylinder Phonographs — Motorized and Oscillating Fans”

February 22nd

Ms. Diana Buckley

of Seldom Seen Quilting 

will share her expertise in the new age of quilting.

Quiltmaking: Changing, But Not Dying!

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Hand quilting still exists, but new age quilting has become very popular. This program will also feature many of the beautiful and unique quilts in Diana’s collection.

Diana Buckley is owner and operator of Seldom Seen Quilting, a Waxahachie studio, where she provides a number of quilting related services including longarm quilting, longarm machine rental, and custom quiltmaking.  Beginning March 12, the studio will be located at 511 Brown Street.  It is open Thursday through Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Drop by any time, or call Diana at 972-921-6715.  Follow Seldom Seen Quilting on Facebook.

March 22nd

Ms. Tina Bohlman


and founder of the annual

“Paint Historic Waxahachie”

will tell us about “Paint Historic Waxahachie” and how the event artist capture the places that matter in our city. 

Tina claims she can talk and paint at the same time, so she will do a watercolor demo during her presentation.

April 26th
Ms. Lu Ann Aday

“Preserving and Celebrating the History of Farming in Ellis County:

The Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm, Inc.”

The 145-acre Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm is the remnant of the Marvin W. and Mattie F. Aday Family Farm. The mission of the farm is “to preserve and promote public awareness and appreciation of the natural and farming heritage of rural Ellis County, Texas.” A centerpiece of the farm is the beautifully restored 1913 McKinney-Aday Farm House.


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