More Local Activities
A very special part of the McKinney Sestercentennial will be what our towns and cities plan to celebrate our legendary hero. Whether it's incorporating Sestercentennial activities into current local events, or creating new events just for this occasion, the buzz is growing around Collin County! Here are some activities already planned in several of our communities:
Students will be encouraged to submit any number of creative projects, ranging from written pieces, artwork, music and videos, honoring Collin McKinney. In many of our ISDs students will produce such work as part of their history curriculum. And, of course, each community will host exhibits of the students' work in preparation for the big exhibit at the April Big Birthday Party! View some of the creative projects produced by students here.
Read Across Collin County
A new book, Texas Maker, has been published just in time for the Sestercentennial, and local libraries and book clubs are already planning to read it and incorporate it into their regular activities. Part of such activities will be special Read Across sessions around the county, where the author and local historians will share the book and discuss what it was like in McKinney's time, an era of epic struggles to settle the land, the Alamo, Texas independence, statehood, and entry into the Civil War.
Community birthday cake bake-offs, county-fair style competitions, special exhibits, or maybe just a good ol' street party. All these are being planned in our local towns and cities.
Collin County Cruise
A bus trip organized by the Collin County Historical Commission will highlight locations throughout the county that were relevant to the life of Collin McKinney. A few of the planed stops include the Van Alstyne Cemetery, First Christian Church in Van Alstyne and lunch at the During House in Van Alstyne. The bus tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 per person and $40 per couple. For tickets, click here. For more information on the tour details, 214-914-6297.
A Special Invitation to Local Organizations
Need help or have questions about what your community can do to participate in the Sestercentennial? Please contact the CMHA at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. We're here to support you!