Bringing the Past to Life

Re-enactment Thursday will cover days of Hopkins County pioneer woman

From Staff Reports

August 20, 2008 - A first-person narrative of the life of Isabella Hopkins, one of the pioneer women of Northeast Texas, will be presented at a joint meeting Thursday night of the Hopkins County Historical Society and Hopkins County Genealogical Society.

Lavyn Sisco, a retired Sulphur Springs Independent School District teacher, will portray the early settler of the area.

The public is invited to the presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the historical society's Heritage Park, located at 412 North Jackson St. There is no admission charge.

Two years ago, Sisco held a similar presentation, donning period dress to detail the life of Sarah Atkins, a pioneer busineswoman of Sulphur Springs. Atkins Street is named in honor of Mrs. Atkins and her husband, Joseph.

That presentation was made before a standing room-only crowd at the chapel in Heritage Park.

Sisco, a retired Sulphur Springs ISD teacher, will again don a costume to reflect the period dress from the times that Isabella Hopkins lived in, although she considers herself a storyteller, not an actor.

But this is hardly a new role for Sisco, nor is she inexperienced in talking about her subject matter before large groups. She had entertained her kindergarten students in the past by dressing up as "Mrs. Hopkins" to tell them about life in early Hopkins County.

Members and guests of the historical and genealogical societies are also invited to enjoy watermelon that will be served following the show.

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