Keller Citizen

Local history museum, event center opening in Keller

A new "repository for local history" is ready for its grand opening week.

"We’ve worked really hard, and we’re pleased we’re this far along," said Peggy Harrison, director of the new facility. "We want people to come share with us."

The Wild Rose Heritage Center, run by the Old Town Keller Foundation, will be a museum, a small event center and an information center in Old Town Keller. Wild Rose was the 90-year-old Jarvies House, which the foundation bought and relocated to 133 Bates St. on Oct. 7, 2013. Exactly a year later, Wild Rose’s grand opening was Tuesday.

"This is to let people know we’re here," Harrison said.

"A lot of historical things are going to go into this house," which will feature permanent and rotating educational exhibits about Keller area history.

"I think it’s important for kids to know where they came from, and where their grandparents came from, the work they did and the lives they lived," Harrison said. "It gives perspective for who they are and where they came from. People like to know what the people who came before them were like."

The Heritage Center’s name, even, derives from an important part of Keller’s first settlers, Harrison said.

"The settlers found ... a single rose that had a lot of thorns and no fragrance," she said, adding that they used it for fencing cattle on local farms. "It’s been a symbol for this area ever since."

Harrison said the foundation acquired the old home last year to keep it from being torn down, and it’s been renovated with a rebuilt front porch, fireplace and paint.

Wild Rose will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday – Sunday.