801 E. Cedar at Church St., Rockport, Texas

** New hours **
OPEN Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Sundays 1pm - 4pm
Admission is Free
For more information, call 361-727-9214

History Center for Aransas County


Newsletters / Reports

Updated 3-March-2017

Quarterly reports are submitted to the Aransas County Commisioners' Court.  Current and past reports are available here.

Past Quarterly Reports

February 2017 Report for November, December and January

In 2016, the Friends of the History Center contributed 8,453 hours (an increase of 2,600 hours in 2016) valued at $166,085 (an increase of $22,651) over last year. Over 2,168 guests visited the Center last year (increasing by 268 from 2016).

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The Center curated five exhibits during 2016 including: Surveyors’ Maps of Aransas County, 1845: Texas Annexation to the US, The Art Colony: 1948-1984, Stewards of Nature and Holidays & History. Fifteen programs accompanied those exhibits. 




Since May 17, 2014, the History Center has welcomed 5,243 visitors, volunteer’s hours total 19,849 (not including only one part-time employee). The total hours are valued at $437,908. The Center has collaborated with more than 19 local organizations, curated 14 exhibits in 2.5 years, and provided 25 programs with all activities and events free of charge. Further, two books have been written and published. A Wildscape and an herb garden were also added to the landscaping.
We want to thank Aransas Pathways and the Aransas County Commissioners and Judge Mills for assisting us in bringing the dream of the original founders to fruition.

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2017 FHC Officers include Vickie Merchant (President), Jackie Shaw (Vice-President), Kay Betz (Secretary), and Lucretia Jones (Treasurer). Eight new board members will serve with the seven remaining.
The Board is in the process of formulating a new 5-year Strategic Plan since the goals of the 2012 plan have been completed.

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The 9th Annual Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Homes was the most successful tour on record. 133 docents shared the stories of the seven venues on the Tour.



Current exhibit: Quilters’Memories: Then and Now will be displayed until March 19. The Friends are working in collaboration with The Piecemakers by the Bay Quilt Guild. Three programs are offered each weekend sharing the stories behind the quilts and other hand-work. Guests are invited to participate in the activities.
2017 Upcoming Exhibits and Events include:

March 25 Texas Settlers & their Buildings: Old Rockport with Larry Irsik, Architexas (Speaker).
July Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County.
October Archeology: Early Peoples
December 2 & 3 10th Annual Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Homes


New Open Hours: Saturday from 10am – 4pm; Sunday from 1pm – 4pm.

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