Meet the Staff

  • 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.  

  • Cynthia Loveless Harriman

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Cynthia is a 7th generation Texan who grew up in a small, central Texas town. She 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 school in Arlington for 16 years. After leaving the teaching field, she continued work in a different sector of the education field as a Major gifts Officer 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, Senior Fellow for the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, Trustee Emeritus for the Texas Confederate Museum Collection, and President of the Texas Association of Museum Trustees. 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, Daughter of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Dallas Southern Memorial, Southern Dames, charter member of Steele Magnolias and holds memberships in 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. 

  • DAVID BEDFORD

    Education  DIRECTOR

    David Bedford was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from Richland High School he attended North Texas State University in Denton, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with certifications in history, government, and economics. After teaching American and Texas history as well as coaching for 24 years, he returned to the University of North Texas to earn a Master in Education degree with Mid-Management certification. He served as a high school assistant principal for 7 years, a high school principal for 4 years, and an educational consultant for 5 years. After retiring from public education, he served as the education director at a local museum before joining the Texas Civil War Museum in 2019. He currently serves on the Economic Development Committee with the city of River Oaks, is a member of Bethesda Community Church in Haltom City,  and is married and has two daughters.

  • 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.

  • 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.