McKINNEY, TX -- The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service will host an exhibit entitled “Journey Stories” from Tuesday, May 4, 2021 through Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts in McKinney, Texas.   

Visitors to “Journey Stories” will navigate four centuries of American history while experiencing the joys and hardships of journeys past.  “Journey Stories” brings to life the personal paths of people whose travels have led from the Mayflower to the Northwest.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Journey Stories’ to the city of McKinney,” said Karen Zupanic, Museum Director.  “We hope that residents will share their personal journey stories with us and/or will consider writing their own memoirs of their travels.”  Alice Parker, local author and past-president of the Mockingbird Poetry Society will be the Memoir writing workshop leader. 

“Having taught memoir writing for over 10 years”, Parker says, “I find that writing is your personal story of your significant experiences, an event, or period in your life.  If it made a difference in your life, then you should be writing about it.”  Parker provides handouts to guide and assist in the memoir-writing process.  As a professional editor, she provides guidance to assist each person in writing their story. The summer Memoir Writing workshops are set for Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:00 – 12:00 in the Heard-Craig Carriage House and again on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 10:00 – 12:00 in the Carriage House.   

The Heard-Craig Center, working with a grant from the Collin County Historical Commission, films annual Oral History segments that capture the life and times of the past.  The Oral History segments showcase the rich history of McKinney as well as surrounding towns within the County.

Zupanic said, “As a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, we hope to draw many visitors who wish to share a part of their life story with us.  By recording stories, we make past events significant to the people in our City and surrounding areas.  We also invite classroom students and homeschoolers to create artwork that depicts their family’s journey to and through America.  Artwork can be dropped off at the Heard-Craig Center every Saturday (May 1-August 7) between 1:00 – 3:00 PM and it will be included in a revolving art display to coincide with the exhibit. 

Hours for the exhibit are:  Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 – 12:00, Tuesday – Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM and Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Tickets are required for entry and can be booked at