The Carnegie building houses three beautiful oil-on-wood paintings by Texas artist James Swann, that were installed in the building in 1934. These muses, allegorical in nature, are of three classical female figures draped in Greek robes representing music, literature, and painting each bearing the symbol of their field. The muse of music has a lyre, the muse of literature a scroll, and the muse of painting, a brush and vase. Each muse is three by seven feet on pressed wood with a background of gold leaf. The robes are in grayed tones of green, yellow and blue. The only interrelating detail is a delicately traced, stylized trees whose branches extend through the three pieces. It is assumed that Mr. Swann chose the Greek theme since Sherman was known as the “Athens of Texas” because of the number of colleges in the area at that time. The muses are possibly the only example of WPA art in Grayson County.
We acquire, preserve, interpret and display items of enduring cultural, historical and educational value related to Grayson County and the local Red River area. The museum currently has more than 50,000 objects in the collection. Museum staff are currently involved with the computerization of the collection and have completed over 14,000 documents, 9,000 historic photographs and 800 books.
THE SHERMAN CULTURAL DISTRICT
The Sherman Cultural District represents both a geographic area encompassing cultural sites, restaurants, museums and theaters; and a partnership comprising the many arts and cultural groups that call Sherman home. Our partners are dedicated to advocating for and promoting the arts and humanities that enlighten our community. The Cultural District Advisory Council is hosted by Austin College in cooperation with the City of Sherman.
Board of Trustees
Bea Herod Harmon
Suzanne Johnson Cain
Honorary Board Trustees
Janet Roy Hudson
We acquire, preserve, interpret and display items of enduring and evolving cultural, historical and educational value.
The Museum engages and educates our community through historical awareness, research, shared knowledge, and interaction with exhibits, programs and open dialogue. As guardians of the past, we connect the present and embrace the future.
The Sherman Historical Museum
The Red River Historical Museum