San Jacinto Museum of History Announces Expansion Plans
Silver Eagle Distributors Support Fundraising Dinner this Fall
Houston -- The San Jacinto Museum of History Association is in the initial phase of an expansion plan that will revitalize and reinvigorate the San Jacinto Museum and the park, to a degree not seen since the Monument was built and opened in the late 1930s.
The centerpiece of the plan is the construction of the “San Jacinto Museum of History Association Annex and Visitors Center” which is planned to include an expansion of exhibition space; an improved environment for the permanent collection of historical artifacts; additional space to promote the study and research of the region’s history; and a visitor’s center to convey an accurate interpretation of the significance of the park.
After the Museum Association identified possible sites adjacent to the park, they began discussions with the various owners of those properties. In October 2012, the Museum Association acquired 1.6 acres.
Subsequently, the Museum Association negotiated the purchase of an additional 11.5 acres, adjacent to the first property.
The Museum board’s goal now is to raise $700,000 to complete the land acquisition, clear the properties, perform environmental evaluations, and begin developing site plans in preparation for future construction.
“Our vision may be expanded or enhanced, but our central goal remains unchanged: to construct the San Jacinto Museum of History Association Annex and Visitors Center,” says Bob Hixon, Chairman of the Museum Association. “Acquiring this property will effectively let us control our destiny and evaluate all options to create the best facility for the benefit of the museum and the park. Not only does this location give an unsurpassed view of the 1836 battleground, but with roughly 13 acres, we will gain the space needed to ensure our future expansions.”
“We are pleased to announce that John L. Nau III, president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, just confirmed that Silver Eagle Distributors will be the Presenting Sponsor for the museum’s upcoming ‘Special Evening with Texas History’ fundraiser on November 6 that benefits this land acquisition,” says Larry Spasic, president of the San Jacinto Museum of History. “As the Vice Chairman of the National Park Foundation Board and Chairman of the Board for the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage, John is truly a champion of Texas history and the role state parks play in keeping Texas history and culture alive.”
“I have a deep-rooted love of Texas and its history, and as a Houstonian, it’s especially important to me to support and preserve our historical landmarks like the San Jacinto Monument. The monument, its museum, and the effective educational programs the museum has created are invaluable to our community, the region and the state,” says Nau, who is also a board member of the Texas State History Museum Foundation and a member of the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Advisory Board. “Our support provides this great institution with the opportunity to grow and expand its initiatives and will keep this part of Texas history alive for future generations.”
“A Special Evening with Texas History” fundraiser will occur on November 6 at the San Jacinto Museum of History. The H-E-B Grocery Company will be honored for its role as the Presenting Sponsor of the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment every year since 2003. The event begins with a cocktail reception; music by the San Jacinto College Chamber Orchestra; and rides to the Monument’s Observation Floor for a spectacular nighttime view of downtown Houston, the Bayou and the Battleship Texas, followed by a gourmet seated dinner. For information and/or reservations for the Special Evening, contact Carolyn Campbell at (281) 479-2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The San Jacinto Museum of History is asking all who care about Texas and its history to help us acquire this critical piece of property,” Hixon adds. ”Each person’s support will help make this next major enhancement for the park and the Battleground a reality. No contribution is too small.”
The San Jacinto Museum of History is operated by the San Jacinto Museum of History Association—a non-profit organization—in association with the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The Museum of History owns the collections of artifacts and documents inside of the Monument and staffs the elevator ride to the observation floor, movie, library and exhibition spaces.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates and maintains the 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, which consists of the San Jacinto Battleground, Monument and Battleship TEXAS. The San Jacinto Battlefield and the Battleship Texas are both National Historic Landmarks; the monument is a National Civic Engineering Landmark.
Donations to the San Jacinto Museum of History can be made at www.sanjacinto-museum.org/ or by mailing a check to: San Jacinto Museum of History, One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas 77571.
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