A new year and a new name all to celebrate the reopening of the Dickinson Historical Railroad Center’s Community Room after the deluge of horrible Hurricane Harvey.

Welcome 2018, and the renaming of the Dickinson Historical Society’s Senior social and/or Throw Back Thursday, to the Fourth Thursday of the Month social. Joan Malmrose, executive director the society, explained that only the name will change, but the format will stay the same. The new name will be more inclusive of future programs and will help keep the date in mind when people are planning their calendars. Local residents will be invited to tell stories of family, friends and events in Dickinson with this sharing of oral history. Socials will start at 10 a.m. with light refreshments served. The socials are open to the public at no cost. And no, this is not just for seniors or members; we hope that everyone attends.

Beginning a new year, the society is happy to announce that the Fourth Thursday of the Month social for January will feature none other than our very own Ernie Deats reviewing his new book, “Whiskey Man.” The social is held at the Historical Dickinson Railroad Center, 218 FM 517 W., in Dickinson. Ernie is a delightful storyteller and always entertaining with his remarkable memory and tales of the old times of Dickinson. Ernie will be autographing all books sold and as usual, Ernie donates the profits from his books to the society and the Dickinson Educational Foundation.

The Dickinson Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and honor the heritage of the Dickinson area, recognizing that by sharing and celebrating our diverse roots and history, we enrich the lives of our citizens and help shape the future of our community. The Fourth Thursday socials are just one of the many programs that are provided for this purpose.

Due to the flooding from Harvey, the Dickinson Railroad Depot Museum is closed for major repairs, which hopefully, will be accomplished by the end of this year. The Historical Dickinson Railroad Center has two buildings, the 1896 League City Depot and 1902 Dickinson Depot. During the flooding, the League City Depot did not flood, but the Dickinson Depot flooded with 4 to 6 inches of water. Repairs to the wood floors and our permanent display cases will need to be done before we can reopen the museum.

The Dickinson Historical Society is helping the city of Dickinson return to some normality although many of our members are still not back in their homes. The return of our monthly Fourth Thursday of the Month socials will help bring our community back to its roots of strength and resilience. For more information, call 281-534-4367 or follow us on Facebook.

Mary Dunbaugh is president of the Dickinson Historical Society.

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