Saturday, February 11, 2012

Extinct Birds, Most Unique Bird Egg Collection in the world!

Part Two of the The Franklin County Mount Vernon, Texas Fire House Museum.

This is the only museum in the world that Houses the extinct Carolina Parakeet, Birds  (4)

Passenger Pigeon Birds Passenger Pigeon Extinct and the Heath Hen Birds Heath Hen Extinct

I was told by the curator that the owner of this collection had no idea how rare his collection was. Once the word was out, everyone wanted the opportunity to house this world famous collection. They even had people from the Smithsonian Institute come and pitch their stake for the placement of these rare eggs in Washington DC. 

They told the gentlemen that there is no way a small town would ever be able to house these eggs safely; that these eggs needed special lighting and kept behind special glass, that it would be in the best interest of their preservation to be housed in the Smithsonian where they could be adequately cared for.

According to the curator, this really struck a nerve with the small town red hair lawyer, he now more determined than ever was going to make sure this collection remained in a small town! He researched the needs for the preservation of the eggs, then made it happen.

Mount Vernon, Texas is the proud homestead to this collection! I have some photos, but they are not the best, the lightening is the best for the eggs, not this amateur photographer! I asked if I could take some photos with the flash on to try to compete with the glare of all the lights. Even though they granted me permission to take one photo with the flash on for the purpose of the blog, I opted not too. Even a great photo, wouldn’t do this great collection justice! The only way to capture the essence of the beauty of this exhibit is to see it in person!

They have all kinds of different Bird Eggs with an informational page for each. Birds All The information includes a description of the species, their habitat and other interesting facts. It was a wonderful display and a classy presentation!

Two thumbs up for the lawyer who needed no more inspiration than to be told that it couldn’t be done, to show us all that it most certainly could! (Anyone with human insights, would never challenge a red headed anything, let alone a red headed lawyer)!

The museum is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays until 2:00 p.m.

Here is the link to the Franklin County Historical Association, they have much more factual information on the butterfly and egg display.

 Franklin Franklin County Historical Association

If you are interested in more photos of the museum, click the link below.

Click Here to see my Photo Album of the Museum

Be sure to look at the blog entry before this and after this one to see more information of the Mount Vernon Museum.

Past entry: The Don Meredith Exhibit, Coming up, Butterflies, Cash Registers, Violins and Arrowheads!


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