The first program in a new year-long series, “Your Old House…or Building” by Neely Plumb, Palestine Historic Preservation Officer and Main Street Manager is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the library. Each month’s program covers a different aspect of preservation. “Who Said It’s Historic? and Why is that Important?” is the topic of the first program.

Subsequent monthly topics include: “How do I Research the History of My Old House or Building?” “What is the Architectural Style of My Old House or Building?” “What About Historic Interior Design?” “Are Historic Construction Methods and Materials Different from Today’s? What is it?” and “Where Can I Get One?” “What About Energy Efficiency?” “Should I Replace My Old Windows and Doors?” “What Are Historic Landmarks and Historic Districts?” “How Do I Get A Historical Marker?” “Are There Any Grants and Incentives to Help?” “Are There Any Organizations That Can Help Me?” “How Do I Maintain My Historic House or Building?”

The library has many books to support this series and even more have been ordered and will arrive shortly.

Houses built in the 1950s qualify as historical! And, of course, your house doesn’t have to be historical for you to benefit from the information presented by Neely Plumb and his guest speakers. Come by the library to see the exhibits and be inspired!

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The acclaimed FDIC money management series, Money Smart, is conducted at the library in both English and Spanish. Librarian Ana Sanchez and Brenda Beasley, president of Franklin Bank Palestine, conduct the classes jointly. We are privileged to have a high ranking banking official be part of this series to answer those tough questions. Saturday’s session, “Pay Yourself First,” is about savings strategies.

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The Anderson County Cemetery Group will meet in the Special Collections room at 10 a.m. Saturday to discuss their cemetery cleanup day at Mason Cemetery. Also on the agenda is an update on the Cemetery Workshop conducted by Anne Shelton of the Texas Historical Commission. The workshop is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23.

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Anderson County Genealogical Group is planning a road trip to Clayton Library in Houston for Thursday, February 28. If you can drive, please contact Karla Lang at the library, 903-729-4121.

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Open Government training (Open Meetings and Open Records) will be conducted at the library on Tuesday, January 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone with a requirement for this training, or is just interested, is welcome.


Carol A. Herrington is the director of the Palestine Public Library. Contact the library at 903-729-4121, and visit online at, or

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