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The Invocation by artist Buck McCain greets visitors as they arrive at the Pearce Museum.




Reservations are required for adult groups of 15 or more. 

What Our Visitors Have To Say…



Wonderful!  The pictures and letters are so personal it gives us an understanding of the sacrifices.  We will be back!

Eileen & Bill – Louisville, CO

“Absolutely Amazing!”

Larry & Jenine – Hughesville, PA

Wonderful and informative – a real eye-opener to the history of this country.

David, Janette, Chelsea, & Breana – Kellyville Ridge, Australia






Great experience!  After leaving the Civil War Gallery, I wipe away tears and am thankful for our soldiers.

Angela – Corsicana, TX

“Just awesome! 

Thanks so much!”

Loren & Vicky – Murchison, TX

Kids having a great time on tour at the Museum.

The Pearce Museum invites you and your class to step back in time and experience two events of the 19th century that forged our nation’s identity — the American Civil War and the westward expansion that followed.  Enrich your curriculum and complement your classroom studies with our educational programs created to meet TEKS requirements for specific grade levels.



While the programs are designed for specific elementary and middle school grades, any one can be adapted to fit your students’ grade level. 

To schedule one of the group programs listed below, email Cindy Williams at

Thank you for the wonderful tour of your outstanding Pearce Civil War Gallery and for the opportunity to learn more and gain more knowledge on those things.  I was very interested and was amazed with the medical tent.  I would like to be a doctor when I grow up.  So thank you very much.                     Yours Truly,                                             Isabella                                             Hubbard Elementary











Brushes & Battles ~ Civil War & Western Art Program

Program time: 1.5 – 2 hour

Ideal for: large/multiple classes

Fee: $4 per student

Then & Now ~ Civil War & Western Art Program

Program time: 1 – 1.5 hours

Ideal for: large/multiple classes

Fee: $4 per student

Major Engagements ~ In-Depth Civil War Program

Program time: 1 — 1.5 hours

Ideal for: small/single classes

Fee: $3 per student


Paintbrushes West ~ In-Depth Art Program

Program time: 1 hour

Ideal for: small/single classes

Fee: $4 per student

Western Ways ~ Westward Expansion Program

Program time: 1 hour

Ideal for: small/single classes

Fee: $3 per student

Beyond the Stacks: A Visit to the Archives ~ Specialized Study & Historical Research

Program time: 1 hour

Ideal for: 20 students or less

Fee: $3 per student

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Thank you for introducing our class to the wonderful world of art.  I appreciate the opportunity.  I liked the Museum the best and you telling us about the different types of paintings.  I myself am an artist.  It really helped me.  Thanks again.  I hope I can come back one day.  Maybe someday, I will be a famous artist!

Your Friend,                                                                                                                              Landon                                                                                                              Hubbard Elementary

Pre-Visit Preview

Teachers may schedule a free pre-visit tour of the museum to prepare for their trip.  Please call to make arrangements.


Cash, credit card, or check as payment is due on the date of your visit.  Checks should be made payable to:  The Cook Center


We require one adult chaperone for every ten students.  Teachers, chaperones, and bus drivers are admitted at no cost.  Chaperones above the one to ten ratio must pay the standard program rate.  Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the supervision and discipline of their students at all times.

Gift Store

Please allow plenty of time to visit the Cook Center Store in the atrium.  Ask about pre-packaged gift sacks.

Special Programs

Special programs can be designed for students’ needs.   Please ask to speak with museum staff when scheduling.


  • bus drivers and one teacher per class admitted free
  • one chaperone per 10 children admitted free (required)
  • additional chaperones/teachers pay student fee


A visiting car club takes advantage of our spacious entry for a photo op.

Available Programs


Museum & A Meal


at the Cook Center. (as available)

Tour                                                                                                                                           the Pearce Museum.

Experience the Civil War through letters, diaries, documents, and artifacts.  Discover a battlefield medical tent, learn about the causes of and the resulting aftermath of America’s worst conflict.Visit Museum & Meal Tour 2






Shop                                                                                                                                          at the General Store. 

Visit Museum & Meal Shop


Museum A La Carte

Everything listed for Museum & a Meal but lunch!

Fee: $5 a person


Please email the Cindy Williams at for more information, to design a program for your groups’ needs, and to make the reservation.

Still looking for more?  In addition to the Museum, the Cook Center houses the                               Cook PlanetariumAsk about available shows when you book your Museum tour!

To schedule groups :




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Ann Steele Zembala



Christina Lucas

Curator of Exhibits and Collections



Dr. Kaye Tindell

Education Specialist
Cell: 817-512-4777


Cindy Williams

Education Tour & Volunteer Coordinator
Cell: 903-875-8999

Jessica One

Jessica Martinez Kindon

Administrative Assistant