Republic of Texas Museum Update

Posted on Posted in March 2017

Republic of Texas Museum Update

As always, the Republic of Texas Museum is involved with lots of exciting activities. Here’s the rundown on what’s the team has been involved in recently:

Two of the art contest winners each pictured with Museum Committee Co-Chair Jean Sitterle
  1. The annual art contest recently wrapped with the art awards program taking place at the Texas State Cemetery Gallery on March 25. The program included a presentation by Admiral Thomas Green of the Texas Navy, who also presented the certificates and awards to 53 winners. We are very grateful for The Native Texas License Plates Grant that sponsors the contest. Look for the artwork to be displayed at our DRT Convention in May.
  2. The museum assistant has been busy guiding tours of the museum and presenting programs to DRT Chapters when requested. She is also photographing and documenting the many artifacts and their condition in the museum’s database, in preparation for the future move.

    Christening gown donated by Myrtle Smith from Houston with Jean Sitterle
  3. A new addition to our collection is a christening gown worn in the early Texas days. The gown was passed down for generations, and other family members had the privilege of being christened in it, as well.
  4. Janie Frere, Jean Sitterle (co-chairs for the Museum Committee) and Jana Mousette (DRT Director) attended the three-day Texas State Historical Association Convention in Houston (March 2-4). They had the opportunity to share information about the Republic of Texas History Center (RTHC), meet publishers, and see the newest published Texana books. They were also able to see the enormous Texana book collection recently donated to the Texas State Historical Association – these books were available by silent auction.
  5. Kim Williams, museum exhibit consultant, has been employed to work with the architect and the RTHC Committee to design the artifact display for the interior of the new facility.
  6. In honor of San Jacinto, the museum will provide a display for the rotunda at the State Capitol building on April 20-21. Legislators and tourists will be able to see and read about some of our more interesting museum pieces through a series of posters that will be on display.
  7. Plans are in the works to design a Republic of Texas coloring book, which will highlight the people and their activities from that era. Other activities are still in discussion for development as we look to the future and our home in the new facility.