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June 9, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – June 8, 2011

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

Very few times in my life have I been left speechless but my first visit to the Patricia Huffman Smith Museum Remembering Columbia left me just that way.  I could not think of adequate words to describe the awesomeness of the museum.

 

Words like Wow, beautiful, fantastic, informative, spectacular could well be used to describe the museum.

 

The museum is adjoining the J R Huffman Library and was donated in loving memory of Patricia Huffman Smith by her husband.

 

The museum which opened its doors on February 1, 2011 which was the 8th anniversary of the Columbia tragedy which took the lives of seven brave astronauts.  Each astronaut is honored with a showcase of displayed personal memorabilia belonging to the astronauts and their families.  Many items are unique and depict the personalities of the honorees.  The museum is completely debt-free thanks to Mr. Smith. 

 

In the short time the museum has been open, thousands of tourists have visited from faraway places.  Even the families of the astronauts have made their way to pay homage to the fallen crew members.

 

A showcase also honors the two searchers who lost their lives in the recovery effort.  Part of the nose cone which fell a few hundred feet from Highway 83 is on display for public viewing.

 

For those who have never stopped by to view the Columbia museum, the experience will be a lifetime memory.

 

The admission fee is only $5.00 and tours of the facility are given from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Belinda Gay and Marsha Cooper are just two of the volunteers who donate their time to keep the museum open. 

Sabine County residents are blessed to have such an awesome museum remembering the Columbia.  NASA has worked hand-in-hand and heart-to heart to make the museum endeavor possible and is a one-of-a-kind.  There is not another like it in all the world.  The museum is certainly a must-see.

 

June 8, 2011

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