Good morning friends! I would like to introduce you to Deanne Paul, the staff writer for The Art of Living Beautifully. Deanne will begin her time with us reporting on McKinney history and the fascinating stories that can be found preserved within our city’s oldest buildings. Today, a small teaser into the history of the Collin County History Museum. Get excited because there is so much more to come!

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If I were asked to describe McKinney in one word, it would be “charm” – who can deny the charm of the downtown square as it has been revitalized over recent years with new restaurants, shops and events?  Certainly if you are a resident, you recall the national recognition we received when, in 2014, Money Magazine selected McKinney as the #1 Best Place to Live in America – no doubt in part because of the historic charm and beauty of our city.

So often as I drive into downtown, my eyes are laser-focused and my mind is simultaneously engaged in a silent prayer for that coveted parking spot right on the square.  Other times, though, I find myself more leisurely gazing up at the buildings and daydreaming about what McKinney was like “back in the day.”  Much of our life can become so harried and routine that we miss the awe of our surroundings.  Over the coming months, I hope to shed light on some of the many (and sometimes hidden) gems that are part of the charm of McKinney…. both historic and current.

One forgotten gem I recently rediscovered is the Collin County History Museum. You may also know of it as “The Old Post Office Museum.”  My daughter accompanied me for what we intended to be a quick peek into the museum, located in the old Federal building, which was built in 1912.  It is truly a step back in time – literally, from the moment you walk up the steps and enter the magnificent old building. 

For many years, this building served the citizens of Collin County as the post office, and postal savings bank, as well as the location where driver’s license tests were given, and many other government offices and services were located.  If you have the time (plan for more than you think), stop by the museum. Thomas, the Museum Manager, is a wealth of knowledge and is so kind.  I’ve only scratched the surface of our very interesting visit to the museum – stay tuned for the launch of The Art of Living Beautifully digital magazine where I’ll share more about what’s inside!

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Collin County History Museum Location & Hours:

300 E Virginia Street, McKinney 75069 (just off the square). 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm

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PS. If you saw my Instagram post yesterday, the COLLIN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM is your answer!!!

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