Eagle Scout candidate and Boy Scout Troop 65 member, Victor Thornton, went to work with his crew to build new wooden benches for use on the John Jay French Museum grounds. They will be put to good use during our events, tours, and demonstrations of 1800s related activities. Victor is a high-honors student at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School where he serves as the Junior Class President. He is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and the Kelly track and soccer teams. We appreciate this impressive young man choosing the Beaumont Heritage Society’s historic John Jay French Museum as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout project. Great job, Victor!
We would like to thank our friends at Entergy: Clint Mabrey and Richard Bucknert, and BDG: Agripin Urbina, Jesus Solis, and Luis Dominguez for their hard work beautifying the John Jay French Museum grounds in honor of Arbor Day 2017! The addition of azalea bushes alongside the museum adds to the natural beauty of the property, and helps transport our guests back to a time before neighborhoods existed and all you would have seen were trees and bushes surrounding the home. We appreciate the folks at Entergy and BDG giving back to the community and helping improve the guest experience at the historic John Jay French Museum!
The Beaumont Heritage Society is so grateful for the support of our Easter Egg Hunt Underwriter for the second consecutive year: Earth Analytical Sciences, Inc and our Sponsors: UBS ~ Mike Persia and Suzanne Lewis. We would also like to thank our In-Kind partners: M & D Supply, Sonic Drive-In (McKibbin Group), Carol Matthews, and Susan & Roger McCurry. All proceeds from this event benefit the John Jay French Museum and the Society’s educational programming.
We had some terrific pumpkins entered into this year’s Pumpkin Walk competition! The public voted , ballots were tallied, and prizes and ribbons awarded. Our winners are…
BEST OVERALL: ADULT – SUZETTE BROUSSARD CHILD – THOMAS MCKENZIE
SCARIEST: ADULT – INTERACT CLUB CHILD – SHANE DIAZ
FUNNIEST: ADULT – KIMBERLY MEDRANO CHILD – GABRIELLE MEDRANO
BEST CARVED: ADULT – REMI KIMBALL CHILD – ABEL COLON
MOST CREATIVE: ADULT – BARBIE DUNNAGAN CHILD – BROADDUS FAMILY KIDS
Thanks to all of our Underwriters and Sponsors, the actors from Beaumont Community Players, our volunteers who drove tractors, helped set-up and take-down, or worked the event, and our neighbors at the Apostolic Church of Beaumont who lent us use of their parking lot. We couldn’t have done it without all of this support! Thanks to everyone who came out to experience the historic John Jay French Museum in a fun and creepy way, and to everyone who entered pumpkins. See you next year!
Our annual Pumpkin Walk, on the beautiful grounds of the John Jay French Museum, has been graciously supported by Underwriters: Baskin Robbins, Beaumont Board of Realtors, and Fantastic Sams, and many Sponsors. Their support of this event helps ensure that we are able to continue our mission of promoting historical education and preservation in Beaumont. We appreciate their investment in our organization and in our community. THANK YOU!
In the fall, we have a wonderful opportunity to get in the spirit of Halloween, and for us, that involves sharing the French family history in a fun, and slightly creepy manner. Unfortunately, over the years, family facts get forgotten or ignored in favor of more sensational, nonfactual stories – and those are the ones remembered.
We would like to set the record straight concerning one of our French family members – Electa Jane. Electa Jane was the oldest daughter of John Jay and Sally French, born in 1823 in or near Utica, New York . We know that she traveled to Louisiana from New York with her family in 1835 and then into Texas in 1838. After that, the details are fuzzy.
The facts regarding Electa Jane are this, we simply do not know what happened to her. What we do know is that she apparently displeased her father to a point where he disowned her and drew a line through her name in the family bible writing next to it “Died at birth”. There is speculation that she may have become involved with a man of mixed blood from a prominent Beaumont family, but that is all it is, speculation. We also believe that she continued to have contact with her sister, Nancy Burrell.
There has been research done in the past to try and locate Electa Jane, thinking she may have gone back east, but those efforts came up empty. We welcome anyone interested in genealogy (and mystery solving) to put the mystery to rest!
In conclusion, the current staff has not experienced any paranormal activity in the home, but I will leave you with this old story documented in our docent manual: Many years ago, there was a woman named Mary Mosely and her children who would deliver newspapers in the area of the French home. On one such occasion, they reported that they saw a man, wearing a hat and dressed in period clothing, standing at the far end of the home, seemingly watching them. After a time, he simply faded away. Hmmm.
A Collection of Work in Charcoal
Currently on display, enjoy a collection of charcoal artwork by Florence Chambers. Many of Florence’s works hang in the Chambers House Museum, but we are exhibiting pieces from her portfolio that have never been seen by the public. Florence chose a broad range of subject matter in her work, including florals, still-life and anatomy. This natural talent was honed by art classes taken while attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Throughout her life, Florence continued to take personal enjoyment creating works of art.
This exhibit will run through Saturday, Sept. 10th. Tour hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is $5 per person.
A Collection of Family Handwork
The talented Chambers ladies created a myriad of handwork to adorn their life. Excellent seamstresses, they were also quite talented in crochet, embroidery, quilting, tatting and other handcrafts. The display includes dresses along with the original patterns, exquisite tatted and crocheted trims and doilies and hand stitched quilts. Found as part of the Chambers collection, these pieces are fine examples from the period.
Exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 24th. Tour hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is $5 per person.
With just a little more brick work to be completed at the French Museum Visitor Center, we couldn’t wait any longer to share the news that the walkway leading from the John Jay French Museum to Heritage Hall is complete! This project has been generously supported by a grant from the Mamie McFaddin Ward Heritage Foundation. We would also like to thank Posey Brick Works for a job well done. Come out and see how beautiful and inviting the historic French Museum grounds are with the new improvements!
The Chambers House presents “Linens and Lace”, an exhibit of late 19th through mid-20th century textiles from the Chambers Collection. From beautiful tablecloths, to handmade doilies, and fashionable accessories, each item is a piece of art.
“Linens and Lace” will be on exhibit:
February 16 through April 30.
Tour hours are: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm
and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.
Please call 409-832-4010 to reserve for groups of 10 or more.