Conservation, preservation and restoration are the three links that make a chain connecting our environmental program to our historical and cultural program. As wildlife specialists collect local geno-typical seeds to reconstruct native prairie, our museum curator collects and conserves our county's locally valuable artifacts: the seeds of our historical research and museum exhibits. These artifacts become a priceless resource for historical and genealogical researchers.
Recording oral histories is a valuable way to document our history, interpret our cultures and provide insights into the museum collections, programs and events. Railroaders, small farmers, small town business people and others have unique memories of events and of day-to-day life that are being recorded to provide the next generation of historians with valuable resource material.
Our historical and cultural coordinator continues to document the recent histories of individuals in our county who have witnessed and been a part of our county's recent history.
Artifacts and Material Collections
Each of our artifacts are numbered and cataloged so provenance and artifact history can be easily accessed. Museum exhibits are developed to reflect our unique Dallas County history.
Forest Park Museum has completely organized and updated a listing of all documents, diaries and letters available to researchers. These documents range from company histories to civil war and civilian diaries. The museum's photo collection is in our database and staff can assist researchers in looking up photo subjects on request.