Harrison County Historical Museum Highlights Most Decorated Soldier in New Journey Stories Series | News


The Harrison County Historical Museum is pleased to announce the return of its Journey Stories series, highlighting the service of Major General Vernon B. Lewis Jr. with the theme “From Piney Woods to the Pentagon”.

The highly anticipated lecture series returns at 6 p.m. Friday after a two-year hiatus following the shutdown of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Harrison County Historical Museum is proud to tell the story of Major General Vernon B. Lewis Jr.’s journey,” said museum director Becky Palmer.

“Every fighter has stories of war…stories you never hear about because most heroes rarely talk about their sacrifices and experiences in war,” she said. “They just move on.”

The museum is thrilled to share the story of Lewis, a retired U.S. Army Major General. Lewis is Harrison County’s most decorated veteran, Palmer said.

“He’s launching the first since COVID-19 (pandemic shutdown),” Palmer added. “We hope to do it once a quarter.”

Friday’s Journey Stories lecture will be presented by guest speaker Tom Wynn, a Vietnam veteran who is also a dear friend of Lewis’s. The event will take place at the Memorial City Hall Performance Center Auditorium, located at 110 E. Houston St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the conference, the music will be provided by the trio Becky, Pam and Dwight.

Marshall High School’s ROTC will also participate in the occasion, serving as ushers, presenting the colors and conducting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Admission is by donation. The public is invited to attend.

“It’s open to the public,” Palmer said. “We encourage everyone to come. We have 500 places to fill. It’s a free place.

“Admission is by donation. Find a seat and enjoy it,” Palmer said.

Palmer noted that the museum is thrilled to be able to host the event at the Memorial City Hall Performance Center.

“The Harrison County Historical Museum is excited to resume its adult education program,” she said. “We want to do it at Memorial City Hall Performance Center because we have a museum that honors our veterans there.”

Palmer said veterans definitely make a difference in people’s lives. She also encourages the public to take a moment to visit the Steve and Penney Carlile Gallery’s innovative Service & Sacrifice permanent exhibit inside Memorial City Hall, free of charge.

“If you haven’t seen the exhibits at Service & Sacrifice, we hope you’ll take the time before or after to look at what we have there,” she said.

The museum has been honored as the recipient of the 2020 John L Nau III Achievement Award by the Texas Historical Commission. The award is the second highest award for excellence in museums presented by THC, after the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

“We’re very proud that they chose us,” Palmer said.

“The museum is very happy to be able to start bringing people in again,” she added.

Museum membership information will be available at Friday’s event for anyone interested in joining and supporting the museum and its mission.

“Come as you (are), dressed casually or formally,” Palmer said. “Feel free to donate what you think our programs are worth and join us for this special historic conference.”

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Patrick F. Williams