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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.

Thanks to Castaways for their recent grant funding. They have supported our curations activities to conserve artifacts, documents and photographs donated to the Center; our needs for furniture, equipment and supplies; and other projects. We are able to accomplish much more through their contributions. Plus, it's a great place to find vintage costumes for our Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Home docents and historic re-enactments. ...

Thanks to Castaways for their recent grant funding.  They have supported our curations activities to conserve artifacts, documents and photographs donated to the Center; our needs for furniture, equipment and supplies; and other projects.  We are able to accomplish much more through their contributions.   Plus, its a great place to find vintage costumes for our Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Home docents and historic re-enactments.

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A lovely afternoon learning about our Texas Gulf Coast "terroir" from a celebrated local cookbook author, Terry Thompson-Anderson. Her complete presentation will be available on our website shortly. Her wonderful cookbooks, including a James Beard finalist, are available from the UT Press and on Amazon, including her latest, "Breakfast In Texas."
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A lovely afternoon learning about our Texas Gulf Coast terroir from a celebrated local cookbook author, Terry Thompson-Anderson.  Her complete presentation will be available on our website shortly.  Her wonderful cookbooks, including a James Beard finalist, are available from the UT Press and on Amazon, including her latest, Breakfast In Texas.

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Barbara MerrellI really enjoyed the presentation and have purchased four of her cookbooks. Is she going to be available to sign the books?

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Lots of visitors to the current Culinary Exhibit talking about how it used to be lots less expensive to eat out at some of their favorite restaurants over the years. Come in and see some great menus we've collected from Corky's, Duck Inn, Los Amigos and others...1-4 Sunday. And at 2:00 a presentation by one of our state's most celebrated cookbook authors who now lives here -- Terry Thompson-Anderson. She'll talk about her newest cookbook, "Breakfast in Texas," as well as her ideas about what makes our local Texas Gulf Coast cuisine distinctive.

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Lots of visitors to the current Culinary Exhibit talking about how it used to be lots less expensive to eat out at some of their favorite restaurants over the years. Come in and see some great menus we've collected from Corky's, Duck Inn, Los Amigos and others...1-4 Sunday. And at 2:00 a presentation by one of our state's most celebrated cookbook authors who now lives here -- Terry Thompson-Anderson. She'll talk about her newest cookbook, "Breakfast in Texas," as well as her ideas about what makes our local Texas Gulf Coast cuisine distinctive.
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Lots of visitors to the current Culinary Exhibit talking about how it used to be lots less expensive to eat out at some of their favorite restaurants over the years.  Come in and see some great menus weve collected from Corkys, Duck Inn, Los Amigos and others...1-4 Sunday.  And at 2:00 a presentation by one of our states most celebrated cookbook authors who now lives here -- Terry Thompson-Anderson.   Shell talk about her newest cookbook, Breakfast in Texas, as well as her ideas about what makes our local Texas Gulf Coast cuisine distinctive.

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Aransas History CenterGo to www.aransashistorycenter.org/photo-galleries/foodways-culinary-traditions-opening-event and watch the video of Judge Mills talking about the restaurant. Very interesting. Told a story about the original owners, The Ducks.

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Cheryl SmithDuck Inn was the best!

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Lucky to have one of the state's leading cookbook authors, Terry Thompson-Anderson, giving a presentation at the History Center Sunday at 2:00! Come early as we've had standing room only for our recent Culinary Exhibit programs. She's studied with many of the greats -- James Beard, Natalie Dupree, even learned how to make perfect scrambled eggs from Julia Child. The latest of her nine books, "Breakfast in Texas," has many great recipes, including this one. ...

The author of the James Beard Cookbook Award finalist Texas on the Table presents nearly one hundred recipes for breakfast and brunch, including favorites fr...

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Terry Thompson-Anderson shares Texas cooking. Hope to see you. Come early; seating limited.
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Aransas Pathways, another excellent program at the History Center this Sunday at 2:00 pm. Come early, limited seating.
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Learn about regional Texas Gulf Coast Cuisine from a James Beard Cookbook Finalist --Terry Thompson-Anderson. Terry has written wonderful cookbooks about our state's cooking traditions, including her latest, "Breakfast In Texas." She now calls Rockport home and will be presenting Sunday at 2:00 at the History Center for Aransas County at 801 E. Cedar in Rockport as part of their current exhibit, "Foodways: The Culinary Traditions of Aransas County." Free admission, but donations always appreciated.

Aransas Pathways, another excellent program at the History Center this Sunday at 2:00 pm.  Come early, limited seating.

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We are so happy to have helped recent Center visitors reconnect with some of their family heritage. Susan and her son Bryant Smith attended our "Vintage Fishing Lure" program, part of the current Culinary Exhibit. They noticed a print we displayed of the old Sorenson Store downtown, now the Estelle Stair Gallery. It was done by their "Uncle Eddie," Ed Fickett, a beloved artist, teacher and Art Center volunteer we featured in our Art Colony Exhibit. They mentioned that they had only some hand-colored cards by him. So...today Board Secretary Kay Betz presented them with a print and original watercolor she had sourced when she was curating the exhibit with President Vickie Merchant.

Susan sent us a note saying "I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for your generosity in sharing Uncle Eddie's work with our family! It has been my dream for YEARS to own one of his paintings, and today, because you shared, we have two of them."

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Ed will be highlighted as one of numerous career changers and retirees who became artists here, as part of Vickie and Kay's presentation next month at the Annual Conference of the American Association for State and Local History in Austin. “Reigniting a Collective Memory: Interpreting the Forgotten Stories of a Texas Art Colony” will tell the stories of those like Ed who contributed to the formation of the Rockport-Fulton Art Colony.

Ed was from New Hampshire and graduated from the American School of Commercial Art in Dallas. He spent the first 25 years of his career in aerospace engineering and aviation manufacturing, retiring to Rockport in 1972. He and his wife Joyce had a gift shop called "Potpourri" on the grounds of the Sandollar Resort. He taught many local artists watercolor painting and created the WARTS, the Watercolor Artists of Rockport Texas. Many artists who were here in the 70s and 80s remember him as kind and very encouraging. He was known as “the Bird Man,” but also did other kinds of art, including portraits, like one of an old ranch hand and a South Texas sheriff with a big cowboy hat and cigar. He was also instrumental in helping find a permanent home for the Art Association.
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We are so happy to have helped recent Center visitors reconnect with some of their family heritage.  Susan and her son Bryant Smith attended our Vintage Fishing Lure program, part of the current Culinary Exhibit.   They noticed a print we displayed of the old Sorenson Store downtown, now the Estelle Stair Gallery.  It was done by their Uncle Eddie, Ed Fickett, a beloved artist, teacher and Art Center volunteer we featured in our Art Colony Exhibit.  They mentioned that they had only some hand-colored cards by him.   So...today Board Secretary Kay Betz presented them with a print and original watercolor she had sourced when she was curating the exhibit with President Vickie Merchant.

Susan sent us a note saying I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for your generosity in sharing Uncle Eddies work with our family!  It has been my dream for YEARS to own one of his paintings, and today, because you shared, we have two of them.

We love a happy ending.

Ed will be highlighted as one of numerous career changers and retirees who became artists here, as part of Vickie and Kays presentation next month at the Annual Conference of the American Association for State and Local History in Austin.  “Reigniting a Collective Memory:  Interpreting the Forgotten Stories of a Texas Art Colony” will tell the stories of those like Ed who contributed to the formation of the Rockport-Fulton Art Colony.

Ed was from New Hampshire and graduated from the American School of Commercial Art in Dallas.  He spent the first 25 years of his career in aerospace engineering and aviation manufacturing, retiring to Rockport in 1972.  He and his wife Joyce had a gift shop called Potpourri on the grounds of the Sandollar Resort. He taught many local artists watercolor painting and created the WARTS, the Watercolor Artists of Rockport Texas.  Many artists who were here in the 70s and 80s remember him as kind and very encouraging. He was known as “the Bird Man,” but also did other kinds of art, including portraits, like one of an old ranch hand and a South Texas sheriff with a big cowboy hat and cigar.  He was also instrumental in helping find a permanent home for the Art Association.

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Aransas History CenterWonderful story about a great guy!

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Susan SmithLucia Chandler Bryant Don gave me some information about Uncle Eddie's aviation career.

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Susan SmithThis was such a wonderful surprise for our family! Thank you so much!

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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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