Introducing 3rd Thursday Evenings at the Spellman Museum!

We are happy to introduce a new and hopefully ongoing event at the Spellman Museum. The Forney Historic Preservation League is partnering with the Forney Arts Council to host 3rd Thursday Evening at the Spellman Museum!

Themes are developed based on the traveling or rotating exhibit currently on display in the museum’s multi-purpose room (MPR). These 3rd Thursday Evenings will include activities such as guest speakers, demonstrations, crafts, films, music, and more – all plus food and drink!  We have the first three months planned through April and are developing programming for dates beyond.

The first event is Thursday, February 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to complement our Literary East Texas exhibit from Humanities Texas.  This exhibit honors the work of 25 authors selected from more than 200 writers who have lived in and written about the eastern half of the state. This expansive part of Texas allows for a variety of settings from the Red River to the Piney Woods and the Gulf Coast. Passages of their works are illustrated by photographs taken especially for this exhibition by Nell Blakely. As the brochure states, “the goals of Literary East Texas are to encourage readers to discover and rediscover writers of the region, to match the words of these authors with photographs of the people and landscape they described, and to honor representative writers of the region.”

Activities for the event on the 16th include a book “blind date”, decorating journals and bookmarks, and book signings and sales from local Forney authors. Featured authors are:

Mike Farris, author of legal thrillers like A Death in the Islands, Isle of Broken Dreams, Wrongful Termination, and more.

(Author photos link to their pages on amazon.)






Arlene G. Stein, who will tell us about the adventures of Serious Henry and her line of children’s books.







Brian Moreland, writer of supernatural horror such as Dead of Winter and Blood Sacrifices. 







and Elizabeth Lawless, author of Creative Monster and Western Legends, and more.







All will be joining us February 16th for our first 3rd Thursday Evening at the Spellman. We hope that you will too!