SHERMAN, TX-If you want to take a walk on the wild side, you don't even have to leave Texoma. A new museum is about to open its doors to a whole new world right here at home. Our own Victoria Maranan got a sneak peak inside and tells us what she saw.
Lacy and Dorothy Harber wanted to build a wildlife exhibit for the past 25 years, hoping to share their finds and adventures from around the world with fellow Texomans. I spoke with both of them, telling me how they felt when they saw their dream come to life
Denison residents Lacy and Dorothy Harber travelled all over the world since the 1950s and Dorothy said they came up with the idea of building a wildlife exhibit during their many trips.
"Every time we're on a safari, we would say 'we may never see this again so let's life size it for the museum we're gunna build someday.' Someday is here,"
So, they bought a building on Texoma parkway last year and started planning. Now, after ten months of work, their dream of "The Harber Wildlife Museum" becomes a reality.
"I couldn't stop crying and that's a true story, I couldn't stop crying. It's not because of how fantastic it's going to be, it was happening," she said.
When John Munson heard about the unique project, he said he wanted to help.
"This has been like no other project I've ever handled before with all the unique materials, from things we have here from the stamped floors to the sound systems to the hand painted walls. I smile every time I come over here just seeing the end result," he said.
The exhibit has over 300 preserved animals on display from all across the globe, from lions, buffalo and bears to different types of birds, all sorted by continent and terrain.
The wildlife museum not only features animals the Harbers encountered in their trips, but also artifacts like this african bronze statue that's about 200 years old which are set in a separate room placed inside glass cases. Lacy Harber hopes the displays will educate visitors as well as transport them to a different place.
"When you come in to see this it's going to amaze a lot of people because they've never seen anything like this, mostly children," he said.
"I think everybody's going to be totally amazed and they're going to like it. I really think they're gunna like it," said Dorothy.
The Harber Wildlife Museum will open its doors to the public December 10th at noon and everyone is welcome to attend. The Harbers haven't decided on the admission fee yet, but for now, you are invited to check it out.
Harber Wildlife Museum: 4703 Texoma Parkway, Sherman, TX. 75090