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Nacogdoches' Durst Taylor House opens new exhibit

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

There are many museums tovisit in Nacogdoches, including the Durst Taylor Historic House. The museum hasofficially re-opened after installing a new permanent exhibit that brings inmultiple interactive features.

QR codes, informationalflip books for children and artifacts are just some of the new things onexhibit at the 2nd oldest building in Nacogdoches.

"We had wonderfulresearchers and exhibit team that found out things about this property that Ididn't know," said Durst-Taylor Museum Director Jessica Sowell.

The museum wanted to makethe exhibits more interactive and showcase other places in towns.

"You scan these codesand it takes you to websites that have something to do with the overallmedallion," Sowell said. "We're trying to bring it to the 21st century. Alot of people think museums are hands off and everything stays the same and nothinggets updated. That's absolutely not true. We are trying to show that there arethings you can touch. There are things you can use your smart phones in a museumfor."

The exhibit focuses on thehouse and the way Nacogdoches has fit in the overall history of the country.

"We also have atimeline that runs across the top of the exhibit that talks about Americanhistory like the civil war and man landing on the moon and different eventsthat show where Nacogdoches was here while everything else was happening."

The new exhibit does morethan benefit the Durst house.

"We're going to tellthem, 'visit the Stone Fort or go to Millard's Crossing," Sowell said. "Go tothe old North Church or Old University building. We really try to promote theoverall museum atmosphere in Nacogdoches."

It is an exhibit thattruly has something for everyone.

The museum is open to the public Tuesdaythrough Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4p.m.

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