The Pearce Museum invites you to join its annual holiday day-trip on Friday, Dec. 6. This year the Navarro College bus will take guests to beautiful, historic McKinney, Texas. Enjoy shopping at more than 100 specialty boutiques, including art galleries, book stores, apparel shops, gift shops, and vendors of exquisite antiques. Lunch is on-your-own at your choice of more than a dozen restaurants, several with sidewalk-seating if weather permits. Everything is within walking distance. The group will leave the Cook Center at 10 a.m. and return at approximately 7 p.m.

Founded in 1848, not many years before the Civil War, McKinney’s population grew slowly at first. But with the arrival of the Houston and Central Texas Railroad in 1872, reliable transportation of goods and people stimulated a time of unprecedented growth. Cotton was a major source of income in the area, along with corn, wheat, and oats. By 1885 the city had banks, newspapers, an opera house, churches, and more than 2,000 residents. Many of McKinney’s most impressive historic homes were built in the glory days of the 1890s. The Texas Cotton Mill Company, opened in 1910, was one of only two mills west of the Mississippi River that manufactured color-print cloth. Today, McKinney has one of the most amazing downtowns in the United States. In fact, it was voted second best place to live in the country by Money Magazine in 2012.

Join Pearce Museum on Friday, Dec. 6 for a fun-filled day in historic McKinney and wrap up that holiday shopping all in one day! The fee for this excursion is $12 for museum members and $15 for non-members which includes transportation to and from McKinney. Lunch, merchants, and any other activities are your choice and on-your-own. There is a required minimum of 15 participants to make the trip, so call Melinda Chew at 903-875-7420 or Holly Wait at 903-875-7438 by Monday, Dec. 2 to reserve a seat.