Historical Commission Will Host Bryan Museum Curator

LIBERTY, October 8, 2015 - The Liberty County Historical Commission will hold its regularly quarterly meeting on Monday, October 19th, 6:00 p.m. in the A. J. “Jack” Hartel Building, 318 San Jacinto Street, in Liberty.  The public is encouraged to attend. 

The guest speaker for the meeting is Andrew R. Gustafson, curator at the Bryan Museum in Galveston, Texas.  Mr. Gustafson is originally from Jamestown, New York.  He earned his BA, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Geneseo and received his master’s degree in history from the University of Houston.  Over the past three years, he has worked with founder J. P. Bryan to transition the former Torch Collection of Houston, Texas to the Bryan Museum of Galveston.  Gustafson is currently the vice president of the Archivists of the Houston Area! (AHA!) and lives in Houston.

The Bryan Museum offers visitors the opportunity for an unforgettable experience by opening a gateway to the rich cultural history of the Southwestern United States.

The museum is committed to the preservation, education, and promotion of the history and art of the American Southwest through engaging exhibitions and programming.  Assembled over a lifetime by Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, this collection spans more than 2,500 years and boasts some 70,000 items encompassing treasures which range from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to modern 21st century pieces.  The collection includes rare documents in German, French, Spanish and English, exquisite saddles and spurs, antique firearms, rare books, fine art, religious art, folk art, portraits, exceedingly rare maps and much more.

Bryan chose Galveston Island following a search of a number of locations in other cities, but settled on the Galveston Orphan’s Home immediately upon setting foot inside the doors.  The ambiance of the stately building combined with the warm, elegant interiors greatly enhance visitors’ experience. 

Andrew Gustafson, as curator of this unique museum, will take us behind the scenes and share the history of many of the collections and tell of the unique nature of this outstanding museum! 

For more information about the Liberty County Historical Commission, please email: lchc318@gmail.com or call 936.334.5813.

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