Williamson Museum hopes to expand

The Williamson Museum hopes to add other locations outside of Georgetown in the near future.

Executive Director Mickie Ross came to the Williamson County Commissioners Court on Sept. 15 to discuss the museum’s plans for a statue of Dan Moody on the courthouse lawn. Moody, a former governor of Texas, gained statewide notice for successfully prosecuting members of the Ku Klux Klan in the Williamson County Courthouse in the 1920s.

Ross said the museum would like to place the statue on the lawn close to where Moody’s current marker sits, so visitors can view the marker, statue and the courtroom where the trials took place.

“I think it’s a wonderful way for us to highlight some of the positive things that happened in Williamson County,” Ross said.

During her efforts to raise funds for the statue, she said some county organizations had not heard of the museum or thought it was a part of Georgetown. Ross said she spoke to the Cedar Park Rotary Club on Sept. 15, and no one had heard of the museum.

“They don’t want to share their stuff with the county museum because we’re in Georgetown, and they see us as a Georgetown museum,” she said.

Ross said The Williamson Museum has an exhibit at the Austin Steam Train and is partnering with the city of Hutto to create a museum at the home and farm of Curtis Peterson. She said they are also working with the cities of Cedar Park and Round Rock for possible locations.

“There’s a lot of cost involved in that, to have staff everywhere,” she said. “We try to participate in everything that we can, but we’re a small staff and we’re stretched.”

County Commissioner Valerie Covey said she hopes other cities will participate financially with employees and space if the museum expands to other locations.
By Caitlin Perrone
Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.


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