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Tumbleweed guest speaker at museum's annual meeting

March 17, 2012

Tumbleweed Smith keynote speaker at 42nd annual Heritage Museum meeting

Heritage Museum is all about sharing the town’s history. So it only makes sense its 42nd annual meeting will contain pieces of history.
During the meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Heritage Museum lobby, Tumbleweed Smith will be the keynote speaker.
“I have lived here for many years and had the privilege of speaking to several notables. The program will include voices of those who had a part in founding Big Spring,” Smith said.
According to Smith, the voice of Toots Mansfield; Nat Schick, previous postmaster; Joe Pickle, previous editor of the Big Spring Herald; Jack Cook, former air park manager; R.H. Weaver; Ernie Boyd, World War II POW; Pearl Bradshaw; and Shine Phillips, among others.
“Those are among the most notable. They are all names I think almost anyone would recognize,” Smith said. “These interviews will provide the audience with a warm feeling about these people and about Big Spring.”
The evening is not meant to be somber by any means, according to Smith. Those attending can expect to find some good humor in the program.
“If people aren’t fully aware of the personality of Big Spring, I would encourage them to come. This will give them a real insight to into Big Spring and the outlook, sense of humor and overall appreciation of life,” Smith said.
Getting history out for the community to see is important. Through this presentation, Smith said the oral histories are able to be heard and aren’t sitting on a shelf somewhere.
“It’s good to get the oral histories out so people can hear them,” Smith said.

Contact Staff Writer Amanda Moreno at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at

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