Navarro County, Texas
Opened in 1929, the Airport Museum, located at C. David
Campbell Field, the Corsicana Municipal Airport, contains items associated
with flight, including aircraft engines, military uniforms, WWII trainers,
and many other military items. During WWII the field served as a
primary training facility for U.S. Army Air Corps Pilots. Among
those who received their training there was Bob Gebel, who is credited
with shooting down eleven enemy aircraft.
409 South 9th Street
Corsicana, Texas 75110
This collection was started in 1984. It contains
mostly Western Electric, Bell System, Bell Labs and America Telephone and
Telegraph items. Western Electric was the manufacturing and supply
unit of the old Bell Telephone System. At this time the collection
has approximately 8,000 sq feet of display area. It is considered
the largest privately owned collection in the world (International
Communication Museum Society, Edmonton, Alberta Canada).
The only one larger is in Europe and is State
This collection has a bit of everything from telephones
to central office equipment, insulators, test sets, switches, phone
directories, tools, teletypes, signs, advertisements, military items, and
a lot of paper items. Several of the items date back to the
1880's. Some of the most unusual items made by Western Electric on
display are; a nickelodeon, table and floor lamps, sewing machines, malt
mixer, home diathermy machine, stethoscope, ceiling and desk fans,
vibrator, projector, record player, and speaker.
This is most definitely a one of a kind
collection. Plus it's free.
Open on Derrick Day, any other time please call to make an
appointment. Groups always welcome.
Navarro County Oil
Created by H. R. Stroube, includes pieces of equipment and photo
collection. The equipment is now housed at the Pioneer Village and
the photos are at the city annex.
S. Reading Arrowhead
and Indian Artifact Collection
3200 W 7th Ave
1 (800) - NAVARRO
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 8pm; Friday: 8am-5pm; Sunday: 5pm-8pm.
Admission Charges: Donations are accepted.
Robert S. Reading
Arrowhead and Indian Artifact Collection contains Native American
Artifacts and offers guided tours, self-guided tours, school tours,
lectures and classroom presentations. The museum was originally used
as a library and now has accessible facilities to disabled visitors.
The Samuels' Tolkien The Lord
of the Ring Collection (over 40 wood carvings of the characters) are on
display in the college library.
Feb 19, 2008
Civil War Documents Collection
A Collection of Civil War Documents, Manuscripts,
Letters, and Diaries
old brochure, Ill try to update this shortly
3200 W 7th Avenue
Corsicana, TX 75110
1 (800) - NAVARRO
8am-8pm; Friday: 8am-5pm
Charles S. Pearce Jr.
purchased the first document in 1991 as a gift for his wife, Peggy. This
gift sparked an ongoing interest and curiosity that led to the creation of
this extraordinary assemblage of Civil War Documents. When the Pearces
decided in 1996 that their personal collection needed a home where it
could be viewed and researched, The Pearce Collection became available to
the public at Navarro College.
This collection is
best known for such outstanding features as: the presence of great names,
the exciting content in every item, and its balanced account of the great
The Pearce Collection
includes over 400 documents, manuscripts, and diaries and continues to
grow with the generosity and involvement of Charles and Peggy Pearce.
On April 9, 1997,
Charles and Peggy Pearce received The Texas Library Association Benefactor
Award. This prestigious award is given by the friends and trustees of The
Texas Library Association in recognition of benevolent support encouraging
the growth and development of Texas Libraries.
912 W Park Avenue
Information and Tour
Days/Hours Open: Monday-Saturday:
9am-5pm; Sunday: 1-5pm. Closed on New Years, Easter, Mother's Day
Admission Charges: $2.00 - Adults
& Senior Citizens, $1.00 - Students, $0.50 - Under 12, Free - Under 6.
Pioneer Village Navarro County
Historical Society is classified as a historic house and contains
historical exhibits and local and pioneer history exhibits. The museum
offers memberships, guided tours, self-guided tours, school tours, and
school/museum cooperative curriculum. Museum programs and facilities are
partially accessible to disabled visitors.
on the Pelham Museum
Days/Hours Open: daily
The Cook Center is an arts, science and technology facility
that is designed to enlighten people on the wonders of space, as
well as how history, science and math affect or everyday
lives. Located on the Navarro College campus in Corsicana,
Texas, one of its goals is to educate people on how technology has
changed or society.
Includes: Planetarium, Big Screen Adventures, Observatory, Laser
Shows, Exhibits. Call for show times and prices.
Cook Center -
Photo by Dale McCary
Link to Dale's:
Photos From Home
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Edward L. Williams & Barbara