July brought the beginning of our new fiscal year at the Beaumont Heritage Society. We welcomed new Board members and formed fresh committees to tackle the needs of the organization and help further our mission for the next twelve months. It’s an exciting time; planning events, new educational programming, and preservation projects.
Hosting events at our historical house museums, and occasionally at other historically significant locales in Beaumont, allows us to share our city’s heritage and provide a valuable glimpse into a way of life few live today. Preservation of these historic structures matters. They give a community its identity and flavor. They bring back childhood memories of visits long ago or remind people of beloved family members who may have lived in a similar way. A visit to our museums sparks the imagination. Visitors love hearing about the families and seeing the different architecture and furnishings from bygone days; we love coming up with unique events to showcase them.
We are very excited to be hosting a Pumpkin Walk on the grounds of the French Museum on October 17th. We plan on making this an annual event. Everyone is invited to decorate or carve a pumpkin to enter into a contest for prizes. Pumpkins will be judged by the visiting public of the Pumpkin Walk by popular vote. Categories for judging include Scariest Pumpkin, Best Carved, Funniest Pumpkin, Most Creative, and Best Overall. Admission is $5.00. Children will have an opportunity to take part in a craft and members of Beaumont Community Players will be on hand to help bring departed French family members back for the evening in a haunted tour of the historic home and grounds. We are also reaching out to other local non-profits and asking them to submit a decorated pumpkin (no carving, please) into our silent auction to raise awareness and promote their organization. Proceeds from the auction will be equally shared to benefit the BHS and the participating non-profit. In addition, businesses have an opportunity to sponsor the event and will be recognized on printed material, social media, and on our website.
The fun doesn’t end there! We have our Haunted Halloween Heritage Happy Hour taking place on Thursday, October 22nd at the Chambers House Museum. Watch Beaumont Community Players bring the Chambers family to life on a special tour of this wonderful home. While this is an annual event, we have made some changes to keep it fresh and engaging! Admission is free to BHS members and includes craft beer selections provided by Giglio Distributing, Inc. for those 21 and over. Non-members are welcome with admission of $10.00 (21 and older). Everyone under 21 FREE of charge. Don’t miss these fun October events!
Alicia McKibbin, Executive Director