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HFM Down But Not Out Radio on Loan from David Rawi Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano recently opened a new exhibit in the museum’s Farrell-Wilson house themed “Down But Not Out,” which offers a look at Blackland Prairie life during the Great Depression.

Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano recently opened a new exhibit in the museum’s Farrell-Wilson house themed “Down But Not Out,” which offers a look at Blackland Prairie life during the Great Depression. 

The new exhibit seeks to enhance the visitor experience through an immersive, multi-sensory approach that includes interactive presentations.  “Down But Not Out” features different scents in many of the rooms in the Farrell-Wilson Home, such as baby powder in the nursery, fresh baked bread in the kitchen, buttered popcorn in the movie theater room and more.

“We wanted to evoke memories and make memories,” explained Heritage Farmstead Museum Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Patty Shore.  “Our focus is not on the doom and gloom of the Depression, but on the hopefulness and helpfulness of people during that time. The people living during that time were so resourceful.”

The exhibit also contains era-appropriate music and videos, talking mannequins that share individual family member’s perspective of the Depression, and an interpretive 1930’s movie theater with simulated concession stand. An interactive radio show kiosk allows visitors the opportunity to listen to a variety of era-specific radio programs. The radio is on loan from friend of the Farmstead David Rawitscher.

Heritage Farmstead Museum also added “touch baskets” in many rooms of the Farrell-Wilson house exhibit, to allow guests to more closely experience some of the items on display in the home.

“Everyone – guests of all ages – want to touch,” said Shore. “It’s one of our biggest struggles, so we turned it into an opportunity. We have placed touch baskets throughout the exhibit to allow our guests a closer look at some of the items including flour sack clothing, old LPs, era-appropriate toys and more.”

The exhibit will be on display through May 2018.

“We are committed to collecting, preserving and interpreting life and history of the Blackland Prairie and sharing our research knowledge and collection with the public,” added Shore.

Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano. General admission is $3 per person.  Docent-guided house tours are $7 per person (includes general admission), $5 for students and children, and free for children four and under and museum members.  Grounds are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for self-guided tours. Docent-guided house tours are available Tuesday through Sunday at 1:30 p.m. each day. To learn more about Heritage Farmstead Museum, please visit www.heritagefarmstead.org or call 972.881.0140.

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:
The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org.

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Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas will be conducting an open house on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 p.m. to showcase the school’s K-12 and early childhood preschool programs.


Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas will be conducting an open house on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 p.m. to showcase the school’s K-12 and early childhood preschool programs.

Families interested in the school will meet the headmaster and teaching staff, tour the facilities and enjoy light refreshments.

Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd in Plano. For more information please call 972.423.7448 or visit www.flsplano.org

About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade. School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school’s educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school’s web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.

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Faith Lutheran Church will host the 2018 North Texas Free Conference on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas. The conference, themed “Faith, Culture and Religious Freedom” will feature guest speaker Rev. Jonathan Lange.

Faith Lutheran Church will host the 2018 North Texas Free Conference on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas. The conference, themed “Faith, Culture and Religious Freedom” will feature guest speaker Rev. Jonathan Lange.

“Should we get involved in politics or not? What does it mean that we are in the world, but that we are not of the world? Should the government tell churches what to preach? Do we have the right to exercise our Christian freedom or not? When must we obey God rather than man? What should we do when we are forced to compromise our Christian freedom?,” said Faith Lutheran Church senior pastor Rev. James Woelmer. “These and many other questions will be answered this conference…please join us!”

Conference speaker Rev. Jonathan Lange has been married to his wife April for 26 years. They are the parents of nine living and three sainted children. Ordained in 1990, he has lived in Evanston Wyoming since 1997. He serves as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Evanston and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kemmerer, Wyoming. He also serves as the Wyoming District as Life Coordinator, is a founding director of the Wyoming Pastors Network, and serves the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Office of National Mission as consultant for Marriage, Life and Family. He is also a contributor to The Federalist.

“God is the author of marriage. He is pleased when a man and a woman pledge their love and faithfulness to each other. God is also the author of life. Every life has value because every life is created and redeemed by God,” added Woelmer. “Unfortunately, marriage, life and family are under attack. We are in a spiritual battle and the devil is our enemy. But remember that Christ won victory over our enemies and He provides for us life and salvation.”
Faith Lutheran Church is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano. The conference is free, but free will offerings will be accepted to offset conference expenses.  Registration is encouraged. For complete conference schedule, additional information or to register, call 972.423.7447 or visit www.faithplano.org

About Faith Lutheran Church:
Faith Lutheran Church puts Jesus at the center of all that is taught and preached.  It is a congregation that is faithful to the Scriptures and to the Lutheran Confessions.  Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and has locations in both Plano and Wylie, Texas.  For more information, please visit www.faithplano.org or call 972.423.7447 

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Heritage Farmstead Lantern Light children visit sa On Saturday, December 2, Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano welcomed a record-breaking crowd of more than 2,350 guests to its 31st annual Lantern Light, a holiday family event for all ages. This year's event was themed "1929: The Great Texas Snow."

On Saturday, December 2, Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano welcomed a record-breaking crowd of more than 2,350 guests to its 31st annual Lantern Light, a holiday family event for all ages.  This year's event was themed "1929: The Great Texas Snow."
   
"Lantern Light is a unique holiday experience that provides Heritage Farmstead Museum visitors the opportunity to recall holiday traditions from days gone by," said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M'Lou Hyttinen.
   
The event included tours of the holiday exhibit in the Farrell Wilson House, children's crafts in the one room school house, wagon rides, candle dipping, historic demonstrations, storytelling, songs of the season in the historic pole barn, delicious treats and photos with Santa.
   
The event also featured a snow mountain and sledding area, which was made up of 64,000 pounds of shaved ice.

Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano. To learn more about Heritage Farmstead Museum, please visit www.heritagefarmstead.org or call 972.881.0140.

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:
The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org.

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Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas will be conducting a high school preview event on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. to showcase the school's Classical Lutheran high school program offerings.

Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas will be conducting a high school preview event on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. to showcase the school's Classical Lutheran high school program offerings.

Families interested in the school will meet the headmaster and teaching staff, tour the facilities and enjoy light refreshments.

Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd in Plano. For more information please call 972.723.7448 or visit www.flsplano.org

About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade. School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school’s educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school’s web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.

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On Saturday, December 2, Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano will host its 31st annual Lantern Light, a holiday family event for all ages. This year's event is themed "1929: The Great Texas Snow."

On Saturday, December 2, Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano will host its 31st annual Lantern Light, a holiday family event for all ages.  This year's event is themed "1929: The Great Texas Snow."

"Lantern Light is a unique holiday experience that provides Heritage Farmstead Museum visitors the opportunity to recall holiday traditions from days gone by," said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M'Lou Hyttinen.

The event will include tours of the holiday exhibit in the Farrell Wilson House, children's crafts in the one room school house, wagon rides, candle dipping, historic demonstrations, storytelling, songs of the season in the historic pole barn, delicious treats and photos with Santa.

The event will also feature a snow mountain and sledding area for all to enjoy. Sledding is $2 per run, three runs for $5 or unlimited runs via a bracelet purchased for $10.

"I can predict chance of snow at Lantern Light is 100 percent this year!” said Heritage Farmstead Museum Director of Development Kathy Strobel.  “Come enjoy sledding in the meadow as we recall 1929: The Great Texas Snow."

The Lantern Light event will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.  Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano.

Admission is $5, with children 2 and under being admitted for free.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.heritagefarmstead.org or call 972.881.0140.

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:
The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org.     

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Faculty, staff and students at Plano’s Faith Lutheran School gathered on Friday, November 10 with military veterans, special guests and others for a special Veterans Day recognition program.

Faculty, staff and students at Plano’s Faith Lutheran School gathered on Friday, November 10 with military veterans, special guests and others for a special Veterans Day recognition program.

“This event was a way for us to show our respect for our country and to express our thanks to veterans who have given so much so that we may enjoy many freedoms,” said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser of Wylie

The event featured appearances by City of Plano Mayor Pro Tem Rick Grady and City of Plano Council Member Tom Harrison, representatives from the East Fork - Trinity Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and a variety of community veterans from all branches of the military.

The event also included choir performances, a flag folding ceremony, veteran recognition and more.

About Faith Lutheran School : Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.  School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. Faith Lutheran School of Plano is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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Heritage Farmstead of Plano recently debuted a new pumpkin patch experience for residents of all ages.  Poncho’s Pumpkin Patch – named for the Farmstead’s resident donkey – offers a variety pumpkins for sale, a hay maze, a wealth of photo opportunities and more.

The pumpkin patch is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by reservation.

“Guests can enjoy a variety of special photo opportunities, our truly unique Hampshire hay maze and the beauty of Heritage Farmstead Museum, a historic treasure located in the heart of Plano,” said Kathy Strobel, Heritage Farmstead Museum Development Director.
There is a $3 entrance fee at Heritage Farmstead Museum. The museum is located at 1900 W. 15th Street in Plano. For more information, please call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:  The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org.

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Faith Lutheran School conducted its sixth annual golf tournament on Friday, October 6 at McKinney's Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club. The event raised more than $6,250 for athletic program enhancements and tuition assistance.

Faith Lutheran School conducted its sixth annual golf tournament on Friday, October 6 at McKinney's Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club.

"This golf tournament is an excellent opportunity for us to raise funds for our school, raise awareness about our school and its mission, and for us to simply gather for fun and fellowship together," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser of Wylie. "Proceeds will help to provide our athletic teams the opportunity to replace old uniforms and buy needed equipment and will also benefit our tuition assistance program."

The event raised more than $6,250, and post-event donations were still coming in following the event.

Event sponsors included Thrivent Financial; Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Centers of Texas; Plano Magazine, Southwestern Chiropractic and Wellness Center; Anago Cleaning Systems of Dallas; Lenz Bus Service; State Farm – John Kraft; ABC Home and Commercial Services of DFW; Plano Sports Authority and others.


About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.  School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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On October 9 at Heritage Farmstead Museum, Don Gates will give a demonstration of a traditional chuck wagon lunch. Samples of his unique, tasty fare will be provided. Hear the history of the chuck wagon and of the cattle drives on Texans past while sitting by an open camp fire.

Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum is often filled with small children on school field trips or young families enjoying the wonders of the four-acre historic site, which is nestled in the center of the city.  But folks at the Farmstead are targeting a slightly different demographic with the organization's senior-focused program "Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit".

“Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit” is a Heritage Farmstead Museum educational program designed specifically for seniors. Program presentations, conducted on targeted days once per each from 10:00 a.m. – noon, will feature a variety of topics from vegetable gardening, music, history and much more.

"This exciting, popular program allows all of us at the Heritage Farmstead Museum to reach out to another sector of our community to provide educational opportunities, fellowship and fun," said Heritage Farmstead Museum Director of Development Kathy Strobel. 

Upcoming Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit programs include:

October 9: Don Gates will give a demonstration of a traditional chuck wagon lunch. Samples of his unique, tasty fare will be provided. Hear the history of the chuck wagon and of the cattle drives on Texans past while sitting by an open camp fire.

Pre-registration for each class is $6.00 for non-members and $5.00 for Heritage Farmstead Museum members. Each program is limited to 50
registrants.  Online registration is available at www.heritagefarmstead.org or by calling 972-881-0140. Pre-registration deadline is midnight the Thursday prior to each program, but walk up registration is also permitted if there is space available.

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:  The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org.