New Exhibit “Weathering the Storms: 1919 & 2017” at the History Center

Weathering the Storms – 1919 and 2017: Historic Places of Refuge” will open Thursday, August 25, at 7 PM, on the five-year anniversary of landfall for Hurricane Harvey. Historic documents relate the stories of the 1919 storm that ended the resort era for Rockport. Many of the places featured have Historical Markers that relate the full story of the people who lived through the storm.

A dramatic portrayal of 1919 events based on diary entries will play on the flat screen. Interviews with current owners and photographs show how their historic venues fared during Hurricane Harvey. Places that are profiled include the Baylor-Norvell home, the Fulton-Bruhl  home, home of Richard Wood, Sorenson-Stair mercantile, Baldwin-Brundrett home, Harper house, L.M. Bracht house, and the Bruhl-Paul-Johnson house. This exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from the Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Education Committee who worked on this exhibit include Dave Kroskie, Maureen Winkelman, Pam Stranahan, and Amy Parker.

Exhibits will also open at other locations –

“Our Journey,” at the Visitor Center of the Chamber of Commerce

“It’s Still Standing…: A Hurricane History of the Fulton Mansion” at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site.

Sunday afternoon programs will enhance the exhibits.

  • Sept. 11, 2:00 PM at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
    “Finding Historic Sites in Aransas County: Post-Harvey Survey,” by THC staff and consultants: Justin Kockritz and Sara McLaughlin, Co-sponsored by Friends of the History Center, AC Historical Society, AC Historical Commission and the Fulton Mansion
  • Sept. 25, 2:00 PM at the History Center
    “The Stories from the 1919 Storm” – Penny Pillack, historian from Port Aransas. Pillack will describe when & where the storm began and lack of weather forecasting and how regional population was affected.

The History Center at 801 E. Cedar St. in Rockport is open Fri. 10-2; Sat. 1 – 4; Sun. 1-4; and Mon. 10-
2. A venue of Aransas Pathways. Semi-permanent exhibit “Voices from the Past: The Building of Aransas

Learn more about activities and events – upcoming and past – online at
361 727-9214.

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