(SHERMAN, Texas) May 30, 2014 –The Sherman Museum will kick-off its Centennial
celebration of the Sherman Carnegie Library building (now The Sherman Museum) with
a reception on Thursday, June 5 at 6:00 pm at the Sherman Museum honoring Martha
(Mattie) Davis Lucas for her efforts in the founding of the Sherman Public Library. The
event will be jointly sponsored by the museum and the Friends of the Library
organizations. Refreshments will be served and family members of Mattie Lucas will
present a program about the historical event. In addition, artifacts and historical
documents from the Lucas collection also will be on display. Attendees are welcome to
tour the building and the museum’s current exhibits. The public is invited to attend.
Mattie Davis Lucas served as President of the Sherman Shakespeare Club from 1911
to 1913. She spearheaded the Library project, serving as Chairman of the Library
committee. Her leadership resulted in a cooperative effort between the Sherman
Service League, the city, and the Sherman Shakespeare Club to obtain a public library
in Sherman. With encouragement from the city council, the Sherman Service League
requested funding from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. Following grant approval in
1912, the City of Sherman promptly purchased a site and retained local architect John
Tulloch. Construction of the Sherman Public library began in 1914 and the city
celebrated its’ grand opening on July 10, 1915.
The Sherman Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission for DINO DAYS is $5.00 for ages 6 and up and FREE for children 5 and
under and FREE for museum members.