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Marble Falls students teaching local history on service day

The Falls on the Colorado Museum, Marble Falls, Texas

The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls. Photo by Stennis Shotts

Marble Falls High School students will serve as docents at The Falls on the Colorado Museum during the Rick Edwards Day of Service on Friday, Feb. 24.

Organized by the Marble Falls Independent School District and the Highland Lakes Crisis Network, the day honors former board Trustee Rick Edwards, who died unexpectedly in May 2022. MFISD students and other volunteers will participate in different service projects throughout the day.

At The Falls on the Colorado Museum, students will share the stories that shaped the Central Texas area west of Austin.

Visitors will hear about Ophelia “Birdie” Harwood, the city of Marble Falls’ first female mayor, who was elected before women could even vote. They will also learn about Confederate Gen. Adam Rankin Johnson, who founded the city, mapping out its streets even though he was blinded in the Civil War.

Students will also show visitors a replica of Mormon Mill, an old gristmill built and operated by Mormons on the east side of what is now U.S. 281, and take them into Rockie’s room, where the bones of a 700-year-old bison are on display.

The museum is located at 2001 Broadway in the Old Granite School building.

“Anyone who attended classes in the granite school is particularly encouraged to drop by and meet the latest generation of Mustangs,” said Amanda Seim, chair of the museum’s board.

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is free. Visit its website for more information.