Durant Masonic Lodge donates $12,750 to Three Valley Museum

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DURANT – The Masonic Lodge in Durant has helped another organization in Bryan County.

At a gathering at Lodge No. 45 on Saturday evening, members of the board presented a check for $12,750 to Nancy Ferris, director of the Three Valley Museum in Durant.

The check was matched finances that were collected during a November fundraiser the museum held.

“The Masonic Lodge is known for their work in the community,” Ferris said. “They are a quiet group and we really don’t know how many blessings they have provided because they just do their work in silence.” 

Ferris said she had spoken with the Durant Masonic Lodge about things the museum would like to build toward.

“We are working toward a collaboration with the Oklahoma Science Museum to bring exhibits here that will be more kid-friendly,” Ferris said. “A dinosaur exhibit and a lego building exhibit would not only teach kids how to interact with those exhibits, but also teach our history and how it relates to those exhibits. That’s kind of been a shortfall in our museum, I think, is that our exhibits are directed more toward the adults.

“The kids need to know more about history and this will be a good way to pull them in. We’re hoping to use this funding toward that end.”

Three Valley Museum is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The museum is fully decorated for the Christmas season.

“Our open house was last Sunday an people have booked parties through the holiday season.

We just invite anyone who wants to get in the Christmas spirit to come on down and take a look at our exhibits. Every one is decorated for Christmas in that period.

“It’s a beautiful sight.”

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