San Jacinto Museum of History Announces Expansion and Fundraising Plans
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 orient guests and convey an accurate interpretation of the significance of the park.
The museum association identified possible sites adjacent to the park, and began discussions with the various owners of those properties. Thus far, the Museum Association has acquired 1.6 acres in October 2012.
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 properly evaluate all options to create the best facility for the benefit of the Museum and the Park. Further, with roughly 13 acres, we will gain the space needed to ensure our future expansions.”
“Our new program will allow us to broaden the impact of our mission to promote the study and appreciation of the role Texas has played in U.S. and world history,” says Larry Spasic, President of the San Jacinto Museum of History. “By working together, we can attract new generations of visitors to our site to learn more about our state’s history and enjoy the amenities of our park.”
“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 online 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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