This year’s History Zone focuses on how the city—and its citizens—promoted Parsons, its resources, and the MKT Railroad during its first 100 years.


The exhibit will be located in the Arvon Phillips Community Center and will feature postcards, advertisements, and promotional items, all designed to emphasize the virtues of the city and the Katy railroad, which for over 80 years fueled the local economy.


Chamber of Commerce scrapbooks from the 1930s and 1940s will also be on display, as well as memorabilia from special sporting events held in Parsons. In addition, vintage ads from Parsons’ businesses will be featured.

 History Zone organizers Dave Mattox and Mike Brotherton note that “it will be a great opportunity to see how the city and the railroad ‘put their best foot forward’ and to get a glimpse of late 19th and early 20th century advertising techniques.”


Some items in the exhibit are from the Parsons Historical Society Museum, but others are on loan from a private collection; some have never been publically displayed.


The History Zone will be open Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday during Katy Days.


In addition, the Parsons Historical Society Museum (which includes the Iron Horse Museum) will have extended hours during Katy Days: Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.,

Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.



MAY 24 - 26, 2019 • FOREST PARK

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