CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) – Nothing screams “Homecoming” in Texas more than homecoming mum, and now one North Texas museum is out to honor its history.
The Layland Museum of History in Cleburne is hosting a temporary exhibit called Mum’s The Word: Homecoming Mums: A Texas Tradition.
Jessica Baber is the curator at the museum and said it all began in the 1940’s.
She said, “How it started is that football players had dates to their games and they would buy them a fresh mum to these games.”
Baber said homecoming celebrations came a decade later when mums were already a huge hit.
She added, “The word mum or what we use colloquially is from the word Chrysanthemum which is a type of flower.”
The exhibit is made up of a chronological display of the mum’s history.
It shows what they looked like from the early days, which were just a simple flower with a ribbon or two.
As the popularity of the mum exploded so did the size as they became massive and elaborate.
Baber said, “It’s a status symbol a lot of times. Who has the biggest mum or the prettiest mum.”
The exhibit is free to the public and will run through December of 2016.
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