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History Center

The History Center for Aransas County showcases local heritage.  Outdoor and indoor exhibits tell the stories of the real people of Aransas County. The Center provides space for displays, workshops, meetings and gatherings.

The Bruhl-Paul-Johnson house is a Queen Anne-Victorian cottage that was a popular style in the late 1800s. The house has had many owners including A.L. Bruhl, early 1900s pharmacist and Rockport mayor; Simon Paul, surveyor; and Chester Johnson who salvaged and moved the house from Wood and Laurel Streets in 1978 to make way for a bank parking lot. Even by the early 1900s, tourism began to play a significant role in the area’s economy.

Local history enthusiasts formed the Friends of the History Center for Aransas County in order to promote this historic venue of Aransas County and have applied for a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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Several of our dedicated FHC Board Members will be ending their service on the Board because of the end of their terms and other obligations. Hopefully, they will continue to be part of our organization in other roles. We thank them for their vision, commitment and contributions, not only to us, but also over the years to the other history groups in our community– the AC Historical Commission and the AC Historical Society. Like us, these organizations are all volunteer, and we are very lucky to have had them give their time, creativity and energy to endeavors like establishing historical markers, sponsoring speakers, writing books or preserving photographs. Jackie Shaw, our current Vice President, was one of our Founders, and has been President, Vice-President, Development and Membership Chair, as well as serving on many of our Committees. She has been a role model and guiding spirit for the current Board. Her family was some of the original settlers of Aransas County and has owned property along the waterfront for over 150 years. She has served as a Board Member and Officer for other history organizations, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Lucretia Wright Jones has been our Treasurer and on the Executive Board and helps with research and exhibits. She is also legendary for planning and preparing refreshments for our openings, events and programs. Very often she researches the customs of the particular time period and then matches the refreshments to that time period. They're always yummy, authentic and elegant! Her contribution to the exhibit and book being written on "Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County" share special memories and recipes of her growing up in a local shrimping and fishing family. She epitomizes the gracious hostesses of our community. Linda Garcia Hayes has played a key role on many committees and as our liaison with the Aransas County Commissioners and Judge, for whom she works as an Assistant. She too can be counted on to assist in many ways, including serving as a Docent, Development Chair, and helping serve refreshments. She is always welcoming, promoting and educating visitors about events and programs at the History Center. During Hurricane Harvey, she personally saved many historical documents, photographs and artifacts that might have otherwise have been lost. Janet Taylor was also a founder of the Friends of the History Center. She has served as Secretary, Chair of the Education Committee, “History Mystery” writer, and member of the Curations Committee. She has worked over the years for our history organization as well as being on the AC Historical Commission and a member of the AC Historical Society. She has added her perspective of belonging to one of the oldest families in the County and her experience as an educator to the work at the HC through providing information, valuable photographs and other artifacts to the exhibits displayed since the 2014 Grand Opening. Kay Betz has been our Board Secretary, Grants Coordinator, and Development and Membership Chair. She initiated our successful “Collector’s Corner” program, co-curated the Art Colony and Foodways exhibits, and has written articles and other communications including writing and editing the Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County book being produced. Kay and Vickie also presented their research of the Art Colony at the annual conference of the American Association for State and Local History in Austin. She and her husband Tom are continuing to record oral histories for the Art Colony book that she and President Vickie Merchant are completing. We have elected new Board Members during 2017 and will be sharing information about each of them in the next few months. John Bemrose, Janet Gaskamp, Robin Jones, Lisa Kaye Knoblett, Rob Lawrence, Lloyd Mathews, Leah Olivia, Carla K. Rinche, David Swartwout, Maureen Winkleman, and Vickie Merchant are members of the FHC Board and have been oriented and trained to ensure continuity as Board Members have served their terms. They have already added much to our team. A Nominating Committee is working to recommend 2018 FHC Officers. We will continue to refine our 5-Year Strategic Plan in light of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the community.

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Several of our dedicated FHC Board Members will be ending their service on the Board because of the end of their terms and other obligations. Hopefully, they will continue to be part of our organization in other roles. We thank them for their vision, commitment and contributions, not only to us, but also over the years to the other history groups in our community– the AC Historical Commission and the AC Historical Society. Like us, these organizations are all volunteer, and we are very lucky to have had them give their time, creativity and energy to endeavors like establishing historical markers, sponsoring speakers, writing books or preserving photographs.

Jackie Shaw, our current Vice President, was one of our Founders, and has been President, Vice-President, Development and Membership Chair, as well as serving on many of our Committees. She has been a role model and guiding spirit for the current Board. Her family was some of the original settlers of Aransas County and has owned property along the waterfront for over 150 years. She has served as a Board Member and Officer for other history organizations, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Lucretia Wright Jones has been our Treasurer and on the Executive Board and helps with research and exhibits. She is also legendary for planning and preparing refreshments for our openings, events and programs. Very often she researches the customs of the particular time period and then matches the refreshments to that time period. They're always yummy, authentic and elegant! Her contribution to the exhibit and book being written on "Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County" share special memories and recipes of her growing up in a local shrimping and fishing family. She epitomizes the gracious hostesses of our community.

Linda Garcia Hayes has played a key role on many committees and as our liaison with the Aransas County Commissioners and Judge, for whom she works as an Assistant. She too can be counted on to assist in many ways, including serving as a Docent, Development Chair, and helping serve refreshments. She is always welcoming, promoting and educating visitors about events and programs at the History Center. During Hurricane Harvey, she personally saved many historical documents, photographs and artifacts that might have otherwise have been lost.

Janet Taylor was also a founder of the Friends of the History Center. She has served as Secretary, Chair of the Education Committee, “History Mystery” writer, and member of the Curations Committee. She has worked over the years for our history organization as well as being on the AC Historical Commission and a member of the AC Historical Society. She has added her perspective of belonging to one of the oldest families in the County and her experience as an educator to the work at the HC through providing information, valuable photographs and other artifacts to the exhibits displayed since the 2014 Grand Opening.

Kay Betz has been our Board Secretary, Grants Coordinator, and Development and Membership Chair. She initiated our successful “Collector’s Corner” program, co-curated the Art Colony and Foodways exhibits, and has written articles and other communications including writing and editing the Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County book being produced. Kay and Vickie also presented their research of the Art Colony at the annual conference of the American Association for State and Local History in Austin. She and her husband Tom are continuing to record oral histories for the Art Colony book that she and President Vickie Merchant are completing.

We have elected new Board Members during 2017 and will be sharing information about each of them in the next few months. John Bemrose, Janet Gaskamp, Robin Jones, Lisa Kaye Knoblett, Rob Lawrence, Lloyd Mathews, Leah Olivia, Carla K. Rinche, David Swartwout, Maureen Winkleman, and Vickie Merchant are members of the FHC Board and have been oriented and trained to ensure continuity as Board Members have served their terms. They have already added much to our team. A Nominating Committee is working to recommend 2018 FHC Officers. We will continue to refine our 5-Year Strategic Plan in light of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the community.
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Several of our dedicated FHC Board Members will be ending their service on the Board because of the end of their terms and other obligations.  Hopefully, they will continue to be part of our organization in other roles.  We thank them for their vision, commitment and contributions, not only to us, but also over the years to the other history groups in our community– the AC Historical Commission and the AC Historical Society.   Like us, these organizations are all volunteer, and we are very lucky to have had them give their time, creativity and energy to endeavors like establishing historical markers, sponsoring speakers, writing books or preserving photographs. 
 
Jackie Shaw, our current Vice President, was one of our Founders, and has been President, Vice-President, Development and Membership Chair, as well as serving on many of our Committees.  She has been a role model and guiding spirit for the current Board.  Her family was some of the original settlers of Aransas County and has owned property along the waterfront for over 150 years. She has served as a Board Member and Officer for other history organizations, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Lucretia Wright Jones has been our Treasurer and on the Executive Board and helps with research and exhibits. She is also legendary for planning and preparing refreshments for our openings, events and programs.  Very often she researches the customs of the particular time period and then matches the refreshments to that time period.  Theyre always yummy, authentic and elegant!   Her contribution to the exhibit and book being written on Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County share special memories and recipes of her growing up in a local shrimping and fishing family.  She epitomizes the gracious hostesses of our community.

Linda Garcia Hayes has played a key role on many committees and as our liaison with the Aransas County Commissioners and Judge, for whom she works as an Assistant.  She too can be counted on to assist in many ways, including serving as a Docent, Development Chair, and helping serve refreshments.  She is always welcoming, promoting and educating visitors about events and programs at the History Center.  During Hurricane Harvey, she personally saved many historical documents, photographs and artifacts that might have otherwise have been lost.

Janet Taylor was also a founder of the Friends of the History Center.  She has served as Secretary, Chair of the Education Committee, “History Mystery” writer, and member of the Curations Committee.  She has worked over the years for our history organization as well as being on the AC Historical Commission and a member of the AC Historical Society.  She has added her perspective of belonging to one of the oldest families in the County and her experience as an educator to the work at the HC through providing information, valuable photographs and other artifacts to the exhibits displayed since the 2014 Grand Opening.

Kay Betz has been our Board Secretary, Grants Coordinator, and Development and Membership Chair. She initiated our successful “Collector’s Corner” program, co-curated the Art Colony and Foodways exhibits, and has written articles and other communications including writing and editing the Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County book being produced.  Kay and Vickie also presented their research of the Art Colony at the annual conference of the American Association for State and Local History in Austin. She and her husband Tom are continuing to record oral histories for the Art Colony book that she and President Vickie Merchant are completing.

We have elected new Board Members during 2017 and will be sharing information about each of them in the next few months.  John Bemrose, Janet Gaskamp, Robin Jones, Lisa Kaye Knoblett, Rob Lawrence, Lloyd Mathews, Leah Olivia, Carla K. Rinche, David Swartwout, Maureen Winkleman, and Vickie Merchant are members of the FHC Board and have been oriented and trained to ensure continuity as Board Members have served their terms.  They have already added much to our team.  A Nominating Committee is working to recommend 2018 FHC Officers. We will continue to refine our 5-Year Strategic Plan in light of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the community.

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Another amazing day in Port A!

Our Tenth Annual Tour of Historic Homes was a huge success. Many guests echoed what one visitor said -- “Best Tour Ever!” One hundred vintage-dressed docents hosted almost 400 visitors at the seven venues. Thanks to all our docents, visitors, Tour Committee, and especially our underwriters: "Stars" included: Richard & Joy Dias, John & Debbie Jackson, Key Allegro Real Estate, Navy Army Community Credit Union, Bobbie & John L. Nau III; "Carolers" included: Anonymous, Benjamin Burns-Burns Insurance, C-Side Decorating, Inc., GSM Insurers, Gulf Point Plaza Nursing & Rehab Center, Johnson & Creekmore, PLLC, HEB, William Wise & Marilyn Johnson, Karen Mella, Realtor/ReMax, Dr. Jeremy Mills, DDS & Helene Mills, New Beginnings, Prosperity Bank, Sigwald HVAC Sales & Repair, Alice York, and Tom & Melba York.

This fund-raiser helps us provide free admission to all our exhibits and programs, as do our periodic History Cruises to Forgotten Ports of Copano Bay, retail sales of books and other items, Memberships, grants and donations. And remember -- any end-of-year donation is tax-deductible to our all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit. Thanks for all your support! And have fun out in the snow.
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Our Tenth Annual Tour of Historic Homes was a huge success.  Many guests echoed what one visitor said -- “Best Tour Ever!” One hundred vintage-dressed docents hosted almost 400 visitors at the seven venues.  Thanks to all our docents, visitors, Tour Committee, and especially our underwriters: Stars included: Richard & Joy Dias, John & Debbie Jackson, Key Allegro Real Estate, Navy Army Community Credit Union, Bobbie & John L. Nau III; Carolers included: Anonymous, Benjamin Burns-Burns Insurance, C-Side Decorating, Inc., GSM Insurers, Gulf Point Plaza Nursing & Rehab Center, Johnson & Creekmore, PLLC, HEB, William Wise & Marilyn Johnson, Karen Mella, Realtor/ReMax, Dr. Jeremy Mills, DDS & Helene Mills, New Beginnings, Prosperity Bank, Sigwald HVAC Sales & Repair, Alice York, and Tom & Melba York. 

This fund-raiser helps us provide free admission to all our exhibits and programs, as do our periodic History Cruises to Forgotten Ports of Copano Bay, retail sales of books and other items, Memberships, grants and donations.  And remember -- any end-of-year donation is tax-deductible to our all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit.  Thanks for all your support!  And have fun out in the snow.

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What a beautiful holiday surprise! Photos courtesy of Judge Diane Dupnik. Wouldn’t Bruhl-Paul-Johnson be proud?
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What a beautiful holiday surprise!  Photos courtesy of Judge Diane Dupnik.  Wouldn’t Bruhl-Paul-Johnson be proud?

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Beautiful rare snow day! Time to light the fireplaces ❄️❤️😍🔥

Gorgeous!

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Printed Map of Sites

A printed 'take it with you' map of the Aransas Pathways project sites is available for your use now. The Birding and Kayak sites are over-laid on a map of the full Live Oak and Blackjack peninsulas with a legend. The inside of this folded map are aerial shots of the area with the Bike trails marked with their Ease of Use level. Expanded views of Downtown Rockport and Downtown Fulton with a legend of Historical sites is also included. Plan your custom tours with this valuable map.

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