The London Museum, which still features a working ‘50s-style soda fountain, is a local landmark that preserves the history of New London and the entire Rusk County community.
ONE A DAY
Mollie Ward enjoys a cherry Coke at the working fountain inside the Tea Room at the London Museum Wednesday afternoon. The former New London mayor said she enjoys one daily, adding, “There’s nothing better than a cherry Coke.” Staff photo by Lorri Little
John Davidson, docent of the London Museum, points to a photograph of his sister Ardyth, who was killed in the explosion at London School on March 18, 1937. The biannual reunion is set for this weekend.
SODA FOUNTAIN FRIENDS
West Rusk High School students Melanie Thompson, Ashley Jordan and Joseph Smith order lunch at the Tea Room inside London Museum Monday as volunteer Marion Simmons Miller and museum docent John Davidson prepare to make drinks. The Tea Room’s soda fountain has been operational since 1938.
BACK IN BUSINESS
Overton-New London Area Chamber of Commerce secretary Stephanie Williams reopened the Overton Museum, which has been closed for several months. The museum is next door to the Chamber and houses items from past Chamber activities, civic organizations and other historical memorabilia. The museum is open from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call (903) 834-3542.
New London Museum tour guide John Davidson, left, shows Angela DuBose and Lynn Carroll a photo of children who perished in the 1937 New London School explosion. One of the girls in the photo is Davidson’s sister, Ardyth. The museum has many items on display from the disaster and other relics brought in by survivors and family members. The museum is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Staff photo by Coshandra Dillard
Longtime New London leader
London Museum Executive Director Mollie Sealey Ward received a plaque for her dedication to make the museum a reality during a reception on Sunday afternoon. To preserve Ward's lifelong contributions to the museum, a new research room will be named the Mollie Ward Research Room. (Daily News staff photo by Sherry Long)
Mollie Ward, above, a survivor of the London School explosion stands in a replica of a 1937 London School classroom at the London Museum. All the classroom items shown were pulled from the rubble of that fatal day. Ward retired Saturday, Oct. 30, after spending more than a decade as the museum's director and chief historian. (Daily News staff photos by Sherry Long)