Beaumont, TX; Oct. 31, 2022 – Join the McFaddin-Ward House for its upcoming free lecture, “Magnolia Cemetery: 1847 to the Present – Where the History of Beaumont Lives,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Visitor Center Lecture Hall, located at 1906 Calder Avenue in Beaumont.
The lecture panel of Magnolia Cemetery Board President Kelli Maness, Paul Prosperie, the Jefferson County Historical Commission’s Cemetery Chairman, and local historian Judith Linsley will share the ric history, current state, and interesting stories of the Magnolia Cemetery, which was created in the 1840s by William McFaddin. Veterans, community leaders, and local characters are interred in the cemetery among an array of striking stone monuments and markers.
A guided tour of Magnolia Cemetery (2291 Pine St., Beaumont) will be offered by reservation only on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. To make a reservation or for more information, call 409-832-2134.
“Magnolia Cemetery represents a lot of things about our community,” Maness said. “Remembering and honoring those before us is not only about our history, but a reflection of who we are and what we value.”
Maness has served as president of the Magnolia Cemetery Board of Directors for two years and has been involved with and supported Beaumont organizations for more than 50 years.
A dedicated volunteer for numerous local preservation organizations, Prosperie has been instrumental in the planning and hosting of Magnolia Cemetery’s annual historical tour held in October.
A well-known local and community historian, Linsley served for more than 30 years in key roles at the McFaddin-Ward House, including its director of education and interpretation, and currently works as the museum’s research assistant.
McFaddin-Ward House lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m.