Titles listed below are examples of subjects which have been prepared by museum curator Johnny Ingram. For a more complete list of this information contact the museum or request details during your visit.
Mr. Ingram has authored a substantial number of poems. The subject matter, cover a number of subjects and provide a sample of his view of the events. The list below, is a sample of this variety; they represent phases of life such as Youth, Middle Age and Senior reality. Included in the list are subjects which address the Land Surveying Profession, Living History, Family, Friends and other subjects.
Selected subject may be available when you visit the museum; should you have interest in a special subject let us know when you visit. Copies are available upon request.
A person needs a hobby, to help make each day.
It seems to take the place, between our work and play.
Collecting keeps one active, it helps fill a need.
But, how do they grow and act like a seed?
Remember the salt & peppers, the one's Grandma had?
The one's she'd share, while sitting on her bed.
Together, she would listen as a young girl dreamed.
Her ear only for you, at least that's how it seemed.
Your memory is clear, it's not really a blur;
of your time together, for your thoughts of her.
Now that she's gone, you have a high regard;
for things of her's, of what you might discard.
You remember Grandpa, with his pocket knife;
and the effect it had on a young man's life?
Slowed to a still, on Grandpa's knee he sat;
fascinated, like the first time you met.
All these are memories, of our distant past.
Accumulation may be a way, to help their memory last.
When you start a collection, you have something then;
something to remember, a small part of kin.
Be that as it may, there's more to account.
why do collections grow? What's this all about?
It may be age, our thoughts not the same.
We want to be remembered and not just by name!
By having a collection, we extend the past.
And if we add to it, our memory may last.
Or the collection, like us; it's growth at first is slow.
But as it get's older, it tends to grow.
Do these thoughts have meaning? It matters not much.
What we leave to others, be it baseball cards or such.
What we really leave is memories, that's all little more;
and when we add a collection, at least it's not a bore.
Johnny Ingram October 2004
WORDS OF RHYME
BY JOHNNY INGRAM
YOUTHFUL ENTHUSIASM MIDDLE AGE HOPE SENIOR REALITY
Girls and Cars Hugs Reflections
Choices Lets Talk Retirement
Friends Tax Process Conversation
A Scale of Ten Jury Service When Life is over
Fast Cars and Time Sometime Time
Marriage Needs of Life
Companions Life is not a Race
LIVING HISTORY RELATIONSHIPS WORK RELATED
Small Town USA Grandparents Work
Collections Kinfolk Surveying Glossary
Museums Love Surveyors of Early Texas
Dueling Trains Man & Woman Texas - U.S. Boundary
Your Therapist Marriage SHS (Surveyors Historical Society)
Mind and Exercise Two Peas in a Pod TSPS (Texas Society of Professional Surveyors)
Thanks for Your Service Yourself TGLO (Texas General Land Office)
Should You Find a Coin Roots JHS (Jefferson Historical Seminar)
LIST OF SUBJECTS