McKINNEY — Beginning Nov. 11, The Heritage Guild of Collin County will present: “The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s to 1930s,” an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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“The Way Things Were” focuses on the family and community life of Texas settlers as reflected in historic buildings. The exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers’ visions of community and progress, as well as their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life. Print resources that accompany the exhibit help audiences explore our cultural heritage, modern attitudes toward the past, and our responsibility to educate future generations.

“We felt that this exhibit would be a wonderful complement to our collection of historical buildings,” explains Jaymie Pedigo, Executive Director. “Chestnut Square’s homes were constructed during the same timeframe covered in the exhibit, so we are excited to provide additional support to our educational endeavors and bring history to life in a new way for our visitors.”

Included in the exhibit are pieces from Chestnut Square’s collection – items that correspond to the pictorial display.

The exhibition will be open to the public in conjunction with Tours of Chestnut Square, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., and by reservation, from Wednesday, Nov. 11 to Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Chestnut Square Historic Village. Tickets are $10 for the tour plus the exhibit, $5 for the exhibit alone. Admission to the exhibit is free to Heritage Guild of Collin County members. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact the organization at 972-562-8792 or by email at


About Chestnut Square Historic Village

Chestnut Square Historic Village is a collection of six historic homes, chapel and store, a visitors center and a replica one-room school house, on 2.5 acres just south of the Historic Downtown McKinney square. The grounds also include a blacksmith shop, smoke house, and a reception house and reception gardens. The buildings include period artifacts showing how people lived in Collin County from 1854 to 1940. The Heritage Guild of Collin County, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, operates Chestnut Square Historic Village. For more information, visit