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  • BY JUDY LINSLEY

    Today, modern eating habits usuallyinclude dining out, whether at an elegantrestaurant or a fast-food drive-through. Thetrend of going out for meals evolved mainlyduring the 20th century, as before that, peo-ple usually ate at home. McFaddin-WardHouse records show that the dining habitsof the McFaddins and Wards evolved simi-larly, reflecting the 20th-century trend ofdining out as well as dining in.

    In the early years of the 20th century, ameal at home, well prepared and beautiful-ly served (by domestic employees, ofcourse), was considered as socially desirableas eating out. Elegant dining spots were rel-atively scarce and expensive, and inBeaumont, at least, there werent manyfancy restaurants. Fortunately, with freshproduce and meat from their farm, andLouis Lemons talented cooking, theMcFaddins could enjoy excellent home-cooked meals. If they needed anything thatthe farm didnt have, they could shopdowntown at the French Market or theBeaumont Meat Market. By the late 1920s,Beaumont had real grocery stores like the

    Piggly-Wiggly or the A&P.As Beaumont grew, more restaurants

    offered more varied (and better quality)fare, and Beaumonters, including the

    McFaddins, embraced the idea of eatingout. A number of factors influenced this

    BY MICHELLE CATE

    Our MWH summer intern, Chris Ferguson,has been busy. Between his assigned tasks of clean-ing the Tiffany lampshade, assisting in inventory,gaining experience with Integrated PestManagement and accessioning objects, he has alsocarved out time to update the McFaddin-WardHouse permanent exhibit in the carriage house.

    The exhibit, originally entitled Fun and

    Games, focused largely on the sport-loving CarrollWard. Ferguson has curated the exhibit to give abroader picture. The refreshing new look at athlet-ics and leisure activities of theMcFaddin andWardfamilies is now installed in the permanent displaycase in the Carriage House. Entitled Sports andRecreation, the exhibit takes a well-rounded lookat popular activities available to the family.

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    See FOOD, page 4

    Pig Stand Number 25, which was located in Beaumont.

    IdaMcFaddinsriding habit,

    from theearly 20thcentury.

    TheMcFaddins learned joys of dining out

    Fun and Games becomes Sports and Recreation

  • By ALLEN LEA

    Because of the foresight and planningof Mamie McFaddin Ward, the McFaddin-Ward House Museum is fortunate to beable to house in its collection thousands ofhistoric documents, including diaries, rarebooks, receipts, postcards, works of art andphotographs dating back to the late nine-teenth century. Because of the nature offragile and environmentally sensitiveobjects in the archive, their use and avail-ability to the general public is usually keptto a minimumuntil now.

    This year we are partnering with theUniversity of North Texas to include theMcFaddin-Ward House archive collectionin The Portal to Texas History, a collabora-tion between private and family collec-tions, and institutions, such as museums,archives, libraries, churches and historicalcommissions from all over Texas.

    The University of North Texaslibraries began planning The Portal toTexas History in 2002. It serves as a digitalgateway between collaborative partners, togive the Texas public access to records ofTexas culture and history in entirely newways that will reach audiences all over theworld. Now, archive collections, many ofwhich have been tucked away for genera-tions, can be instantly accessed by anyone,

    anywhere, free of charge. Its the Google forTexas history.

    Over the years, interest in sharing dig-itized collections has risen tremendouslyacross the humanities field. Today thePortal continues to grow as cultural institu-tions realize the importance of such a mas-sive digital collection. The Portal waslaunched in 2004 with five collaborativepartners and over 6500 digital images, andit has grown to over 140 partners with atotal of 426,855 unique items, comprising4.6 million files. It will be one of the most,if not the most, important online collec-tions of the history of Texas.

    By partnering with UNT, theMcFaddin-Ward House will be able toshare the history of the McFaddin andWard families, as well as an abundance ofinformation on southeast Texas, to educa-tors, researchers, genealogists and audiencesaround the globe that would otherwisenever be able to visit in person.

    If you are interested in submitting acollection to the Portal or would just like todo some research, please visit texashisto-ry.unt.edu. Its amazing what youll find!

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    This Ansonia Gloria clock is a favoritepiece in the McFaddin-Ward House collec-tion, and will be part of the Portal to TexasHistory online.

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    Its been good to rotate some of the morefragile objects into storage and to bring out somethat have not been featured before, saidFerguson. Thats one reason Ive chosen to

    deinstall the football pants and leather footballhelmet and install IdaMcFaddins horseback rid-ing habit. Also, the original exhibit was createdbefore the rise of the Internet, which providednew information for some of the labels. I hopevisitors and docents will appreciate the updatedexhibit.

    Fergusons presentation on the project onAugust 11 was open to the public and provideddetails about the objects on display, includingMamies ice skates, Idas riding habit, W.P.H.ssaddle, and Carrolls golf gear, among others.

    SportsContinued from page 1

    A portrait of Carroll Ward, far left, from hisdays at Baylor University.

    Mamie McFaddin Wards ice skates, left, whichshe used around 1940 when she would go iceskating with Carroll at the Texas Ice Palace,which the family owned.

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    BY MARCUS POWERS

    Shortly after I started working at theMcFaddin-Ward House late last year, I was ina yoga class with Tiffany Maloney, owner ofLoveYoga on Calder Avenue in Beaumont.We were talking about my new job, and wediscussed the idea of collaborating on somekind of event that would bring yoga to thelawn of this beautiful historic home.

    Fast forward four months later, and thevery first Mondays at the Museum was heldon the east lawn of the museum. Just overtwenty people showed up that April night. Itended with most of the people thanking us forhaving such a cool event at themuseum, andasking if wed be continuing the event throughthe next few months.

    Now, fivemonths later, we routinely haveabout thirty people showing up the lastMonday of every month to do a little bit ofstretching right here at the McFaddin-WardHouse. The event has become so popular thatTiffany and I have talked about maybe turningMondays at theMuseum into a twice-a-monthevent.

    Many people have asked howwe came upwith the idea, and it was all pretty organic.Tiffany told me she had always wanted to dosomething at the McFaddin-Ward House. Ithen told her that I was coming into the jobwith a genuine love for the house. It alsohelped that I brought a healthy dose of green

    optimism when it came to what I could dohere at the museum. We threw some ideasback and forth, and Mondays at the Museumwas born. And the fact that the museum canpartner with a locally owned and operatedbusiness (and Old Town neighbor) likeLoveYoga makes it all the better.

    Ive also been asked the question Whyyoga? The answer to that is two fold. First andforemost, the McFaddins were social and civicleaders in southeast Texas. Both Mamie andher mother Ida were big proponents of thingsthat could make this humble corner of Texaswe call home a better place. They were activeinmany community organizations whosemaingoal was to help out southeast Texans. Mamieeven donated much of her estate to the idea ofbringing a world-class museum to Beaumont.So, to me, something like Mondays at theMuseum fits right into thatmission. Do I thinkyoga will change the world? Maybe. But do Ibelieve that having fun, interesting, coolevents throughout the community helps spuron a local culture that can only improve qual-ity of life in the Golden Triangle? Yes. And doI think THAT can change the world?Withouta doubt. The other part: I just personally enjoyyoga. Its as simple as that. And I thought:what better way to bring a unique and differentevent to the museum, than having yogasomething I personally enjoyright here atthe house.

    Im so proud of what Mondays at the

    Museum has become, and Im excited for whatit could become in the future. Initially, we hadplanned on making the event a summer-onlykind of thing. But as the summer comes to aclose, we may push that further for as long asthe weather allows.

    If youve been thinking about coming toMondays at the Museum, make plans to joinus at the next edition of this fun event onSeptember 29th. It starts at 6:45 p.m., on theeast lawn of the McFaddin-Ward House.

    Mondays at the Museum brings yogato the McFaddin-Ward House

    Around30 people

    attendMondays

    at theMuseum

    eachmonthon the

    east lawnof the

    McFaddin-Ward

    House.

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    trend. The automobile madepeople more mobile, and themovies gave them a place to go.Movies provided entertain-ment, and moviegoers needed aconvenient place to grab a biteto eat before the feature. Theincreasing shortage of domesticemployees as they left domesticservice for better jobs, especial-ly during World War II, alsohelped the restaurant industry.

    Retail business establish-ments often operated lunchcounters. Beaumonters couldget a sandwich at Keith or BillThames drugstores, at theWhite House department store,and at Kress, a national Five-and-Dime chain. In her diary inJanuary 1938, Mamie recorded,to Thames for a bi