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Mammoth Spring native is new museum attendant

Thursday, February 8, 2007

MAMMOTH SPRING -- Rose Pierce has been hired as the museum attendant at the 1886 Frisco Depot Museum at Mammoth Spring State Park.

Pierce is a 1965 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School and graduated with a degree in social studies from Arkansas State University in 1969. She taught school for 32 years and now resides in Mammoth Spring.

Pierce began her job Jan. 7.

"I will be conducting tours at the museum. I will also be doing research and cataloging historical artifacts that have been donated to the museum," she said.

She said an example of a donated artifact is a crocheted blanket that lays in a carriage in the waiting room.

She said that although most donated artifacts are appreciated some of them do not fit with the theme and mission statement at the museum and are passed along to other Arkansas State Parks.

The mission statement says that the museum strives to protect and preserve historical artifacts in an accurate manner as well as to protect and preserve the 1886 Mammoth Spring Depot building and Frisco Caboose for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

Inside the 1886 Frisco Depot Museum visitors will find 14 life-size figures dressed in period costumes of the late 1880's and early 1890's. All are incased exhibits depicting railroad and depot life from the era 1900 to 1930, the hey day of the Frisco Railroad.

There are also two videos showing what life was like on the railroad and the booming town of Mammoth Spring.

All the exhibits have audio units that tell their story.

Pierce recently participated in a week of training at Village Creek State Park near Wynn.

"I am really excited about my new position. I love the history of the area. I have learned a lot and found out this community flourished in the 1800s and 1900s," Pierce said.

Individuals, groups and organizations as well as school groups are welcome to come tour the depot museum.

"There is a small admission charge and group rates are available," she said.

The museum is open most holidays and closed on Mondays.

To contact Pierce about setting up a tour call the park at 870-625-7364.

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