The informal opening, which comes after two sneak previews in the past few months, is the culmination of a dream for the Dublin Historical Society.
In two years, the Society has established a working relationship with the Ben Hogan Foundation and the Hogan family, converted the beautifully restored Lyon-Prim Building into a museum and moved its function as a special events center to the Little Church on Grafton, generated funds for creation of massive story boards which tell the saga of Mr. Hogan’s amazing Triple Crown of 1953 and recruited “almost enough” hosts and hostesses to keep the museum open each afternoon of the year.
“Probably no historical society in any small town in America has more bragging rights that Dublin’s does,” says Karen Wright, executive director of the Dublin Economic Development Corporation and board member of the Hogan Museum. “The society’s board, led by president Mary Yantis, tackles every project with a can-do attitude. It’s no wonder that the Dublin Historical Society is the largest dues paying organization in Dublin’s history, with more than 1,000 people having sent in their dues since it was formed.”
The new Hogan Museum, along with the soon-to-open W.P. Kloster Museum Annex at the Dublin Dr Pepper Plant, the Dublin Historical Museum and the Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum, are literally turning Dublin into a reputable museum town.
“Historic preservation is considered a viable tool of economic development,” Wright said. “That means that our museum community is vitally important to bringing people to Dublin who will shop here and maybe even decide they want to live here or start a business here. The mission of all our museums is to preserve and educate, but a side benefit is what they do for the community’s tourism economy.”
Wright said that several more volunteers are needed to keep the Hogan museum open. It isn’t necessary to know Hogan history because training is available. There is no admission charge and guests of all ages will be captivated by the Hogan story, she said.
“It is also not necessary to be a golfer or even to know anything about golf because the story of Ben Hogan is so much bigger than the sport,” Wright said. “It’s a story about a little boy who grew up in Dublin, learned the art and science of metal at his family’s blacksmith shop, grew into a determined young man who made one of the most miraculous comebacks in sports history following a near-fatal car accident and left a legacy of courage.”
“The Ben Hogan story is so worth telling and the new Hogan Museum is off to a terrific start,” Wright said. “We encourage everyone in the community to come see what is here and consider serving as host four hours each month.”
For more information, call Wright at 254 445-1919 or 254 977-4410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.