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Stepping back in time
By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – The Childress County Heritage Museum’s Back-to-School exhibit is taking Childress High School alumni on a trip down memory lane.
“There is a rich history to be seen and things to be reminisced about,” said Childress County Heritage Museum Executive Director Lee Ann Morren. “You never know what will jog a memory or what you might learn.”
The exhibit includes the 1975 and 1976 football state finals trophies, a cheerleading outfit from the 1950s and volleyball memories from the 1960s. Morren said they also have the original composition of Gato Malo, written by the late Childress High School Band Director Gene Currie.
“The response and memories shared from the posting of Gato Malo has been touching,” Morren said. “So many ‘Currie kids’ have shared memories on Facebook.”
Morren encourages band alumni to continue to share their memories on the Childress County Heritage Museum Facebook page. She also wants to encourage the public to come tour the gallery.
“We are getting a wonderful response from Childress alumni,” she said. “Included in our display are some oldies but goodies.”
After going through treasures that were hidden in the basement of the museum, volunteer Lora Cowan came up with the idea for a back-to-school display. With the help of Fred Leighton, Morren and CHS alumi who opened up their closets and shared their memories, the exhibit was born.
“Bobcat Spirit is alive and well at the museum,” Morren said. “Being able to share things with the citizens of our little town that will induce memories is a blessing. Come see us and catch the Spirit!”
The Back-to-School exhibit will run through Sept. 26. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Because of COVID-19, Morren asks attendees observe social distancing. For those feeling ill, she said please come at a different time.