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History Center for Aransas County

Newsletters / Reports

Updated 14-August-2017

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

Past Quarterly Reports

Report for May, June and July 2017


  Jan-July Visitors  Jan-July Website Hits  Facebook “Likes” 
2016 893 171,000 977
2017 1,462 191,000 1626
Increase 63% 12% 66%

Crowds at Collector’s Corner 1st Sundays 2 PM

  Program  Attendance 
April Aransas County Postcards 15
May Vintage Mexican Pottery & Taxco Jewelry 40
June The War Horse 30
August Vintage Fishing Lures 47

Resulted in “Postcard Club” meeting monthly at the HC (Often Standing Room only)

2017 q2 1
Collaboration: Using Facebook to collaborate with AC Historical Commission, AC Historical Society, Nueces & Bayside Historical Societies.

Professional Development

Nine FHC Board Members met with AC Historical Society to learn more about their offerings. A grant will pay for interested FHC Board Members to attend the American Association for State and Local History Conference held in Austin, Texas on Sept. 6- 9. Kay Betz and Vickie Merchant will present at this national conference. Their presentation, “Reigniting a Collective Memory: Interpreting the Forgotten Stories of a Texas Art Colony” will focus on the information gathered for research of The Art Colony Exhibit.

New Exhibit: Archeology: Early Peoples-Opening Sat. Oct 7, at 10:00 am

Member’s E-blast
Sent monthly to apprise our members of activities they might enjoy.

New Membership Brochure

Combines Membership and Volunteer Activities

  • FREE membership to any ACISD employee
  • Business Memberships offered

See Missed Exhibits & Programs at: www.aransashistorycenter.org

Records Broken
Even in the evening July heat, over 150 people attended the opening of the new exhibit, Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County. Speakers included Judge Mills, proprietor of Duck Inn, & Monica Burdette, Texas Historical Commission. Jessie Ellis, Austin musician, lead a small group of musicians and the crowd in singing Guy Clark’s, Homegrown Tomatoes. This exhibit focuses on how the local citizens used the Bounty of Nature to live and work in our county cooperatively. A book based on this exhibit will be for sale in time for Christmas gifting.

2017 q2 2
Hands on activity garnered the curiosity of these young historians, while new technology shared videos pertaining to the exhibit.

5 Year Strategic Plan:

  • Include community members’ ideas in decision-making
  • Collaborate with ACISD in exhibits, activities, and programs.
  • Create permanent exhibit of Aransas County History.
  • Solicit grants for expanded spaces for curation, education and parking.
  • Assign FHC Board Members specific roles on committees.

Hummerbird Celebration
Breakfast with the Hummers is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 near the Wildscape. 80 tickets are available if you hurry. *Doc’s Garden: A Guide to Useful Plants, compiled by Pat Garland, will be on sale by Hummerbird Celebration.


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