Oil and Historical Museum to reopen after fire

Published on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 19:55 - Written by Staff reports

A Van Zandt County museum will reopen its doors to the public after a 2012 fire.

The Van Area Oil and Historical Museum, 190 Redwood St. off Farm-to-Market Road 16 in Van, will host a grand reopening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 5, according to a news release.

Nadine Rowan, vice president of the museum’s board of directors, said not many artifacts were lost in the fire, but there was significant smoke damage to everything inside.

“We didn’t lose all that much, but we lost several things we didn’t want to lose,” she said. “Fortunately we have a good fire department, and they got to it immediately and put it out.”

Board members have spent a year repainting, cleaning and rearranging, and the museum has a totally different look, Ms. Rowan said.

Refreshments will be served, and the board will give its annual “Lady and Gentleman of Yesteryear” awards at 10:30 a.m.

The award recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the Van area, Ms. Rowan said. This year’s recipients are Euline Cook Sherbert and Verner Lee Davidson, according to the release.