The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Museum Re-Open May 8
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Museum and Battleship Texas are happy to announce the reopening of all facilities to the public on May 8th at 9:00 a.m.
On March 17th, the entire Historic Site was directly impacted by a massive fire and petrochemical release at a neighboring facility and has been closed since that time. During the past few weeks, air quality and soil samples have been monitored and the Site is finally deemed safe and ready to re-open. Skeleton staffs were admitted to the area the week of May 1 and have been working diligently to ready the entire Site for reopening.
The forced closure of the Museum and subsequent cancellation (for only the second time in 35 years) of the San Jacinto Day Festival & Battle Reenactment occurred at the time of the year when the Museum is at its busiest. In addition, several school trips for thousands of Texas school children were canceled. Over a quarter of annual ticket sales usually occur diring this time period which has had a major negative effect on the budget of the Museum.
In order to compensate for the $200,000 lost revenue, the Museum is launching a Revenue Recovery Campaign.
Larry Spasic, President of the San Jacinto Museum of History, stated that "I and my staff are going back to work as an act of good faith that Texas, Texans, and all honorary Texans from across the country and globe will help our museum recover and see us through this challenging circumstance. Throughout history, Texans have always been up for a good challenge!"
The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational association operating without state or federal funding. The Museum charges no admission fee to the Museum or to the Park.
Financial support is more important than ever at this time. Those interested in contributing to the campaign can go to www.sanjacinto-museum.org/support_us/donate or mail their gift to San Jacinto Monument, 1 Monument C ircle, La Porte, TX 77571 attention: Larry Spasic.
For more information or to set up interviews or photo opportunities please call Dianne Powell, 210-887-8777, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. High res photos and advance interviews available upon request.
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