Meet the Staff

  • John Bell

    Director of Sales

    John Bell is a native of Gladewater, Texas and after a few years in North Carolina was glad to return to Texas upon retirement. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Association and National Rifle Association. John first became interested in the Civil War in a junior high history class and it led him to tracing his Confederate ancestors who served in the war. This passion naturally led him to reenacting which he began in 1987. John is a full time volunteer at the museum. Sometimes he will be helping in the gift shop, other times he can be found educating the students in the galleries or visiting with the guests about the exhibits. John enjoys hearing other people's stories who come to visit from all around the world.

  • Cindy Harriman

    Executive Director

    She is a 7th generation Texas who grew up ing a small, central Texas town and graduated from Baylor University with a BBS in Education. She attended graduate school at the University of North Texas where she received her certification in History. She taught in Arlington ISD 16 years. After leaving the teaching field, she continued work in a different sector of the education field as a Major Gifts Officers for Baylor University Development. She has served as Vice President of the Texas Historical Foundation, founding board member of the Texas and Southwestern Collectors Association, and past president of the Texas Association of Museums Trustees, Senior Fellow for the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation and is Trustee Emeritus for the Texas Confederate Museum Collection. In 2018 she was awarded the Yellow Rose of Texas by the governor for her outstanding contribution to Texas History. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Dallas Southern Memorial, Southern Dames and a founding member of Steele Magnolia and numerous history and museum associations. Cynthia is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, National Charity League and the mother of triplets.

  • Marcus Richey

    Facility & operations manager

    Marcus is currently managing the facility and helping in all aspects of museum operations. He claims “this is one of the best ‘put together’ museums ever seen.” Maybe because he helps the curator put it together, helps the front desk with visitors, helps the administration with their needs and works along side the gift shop operations. Marcus is a Weatherford native and grew up learning Civil War history. Marcus graduated from Crown Southwest in 2010 with a Bachelors in youth ministries. When he is not working here he serves as Youth Director at Southwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Marcus is married to wife, Cayla, and they have a daughter, Brinley Sue. His hobbies include collecting old Bibles and running. Marcus says the best thing about working here is helping the guests, and especially the children, to learn about history. That service is a blessing to him as well as everyone else.

  • Ray & Judy Richey

    President and Curators

    Ray is a native of Wichita Falls and did not think must about history until he and his wife, Judy, took a trip to Washington D.C. in 1980s. It was then their love for America, all that it was, is, and can be, became their passion. They begin collecting Civil War and Victorian Era artifacts. Ray's collection contains both Confederate and U.S. Military artifacts and Judy's collection of women's and children's dresses span the years of 1860 thru the turn of the century. The military collection is one of the largest private collections in the world and the dress collection is exquisite. After many years, they wanted to share their collections with the public in a first class museum. They also wanted everyone who visited to know of the personal sacrifice of a generation who lived during a most turbulent time of our nation's history. It is the desire for every visitor to pause and appreciate the cost of freedom and leave with a renewed sense of patriotism. Ray is the President of the Board for the non-profit Texas Civil War Museum. Judy is the curator for the dress collection and Ray serves as curator and exhibit designer for the military collection and the Texas Confederate Museum collection.  

  • David Bedford

    David Bedford is a native Texan. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from North Texas State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of North Texas.  A life long educator, he taught American and Texas history for 25 years, was a campus level administrator for 11 years, and an educational consultant for 5 years, and the education director at a local museum for 7 years. He is married and has two daughters.