The wide variety of artifacts in the museum’s holdings can be grouped into several distinct themes that run through the collections. One of those themes centers on military and civil service and how it is honored, recognized, and rewarded. Artifacts in the museum represent the honors given to those who served, the sacrifice made by those who supported them, and the efforts made to recognize andcommemorate past service. The small sampling of items displayed here includes items that you might expect: military medals, certificates promoting or recognizing rank and notes specifically made to pay those who served. Other artifacts, like a medal honoring all Houston mothers whose sons served in World War I and a decorative hat awarded to a man who helped settle a Native American border dispute, are a bit surprising.