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dents. The native rock structure cost $75,000 and was dedicated on May
1, 1937, as the Big Bend Memorial Museum.
In 1965 the building was remodeled for use as the University Center,
and the Museum of the Big Bend was moved into the former bowling al-
ley on the other side of the campus. I spent many hours in this structure
while I was researching my book on the Big Bend in the 1970s. In the
mid-1990s the Museum was moved again, into the beautifully renovated
Lawrence Hall. But the dedication of the Espino Center, the new Univer-
sity Center, in 2ooo, left the old Memorial Museum building vacant, and
university officials have laid plans to move the museum back home. While
the structure will require extensive renovation, the University has allocat-
ed $1.5 million, or approximately one-half of the cost. The staff and advi-
sory committee of the Museum have undertaken a capital campaign to
raise an additional $1.5 million.
The relocation of the Museum of the Big Bend will more than double
the space available to it in Lawrence Hall, permit the extensive collections
to be consolidated and protected, and allow for a more adequate inter-
pretation of the story of the Big Bend of Texas and northern Mexico.
While the main space will showcase the quality and depth of the Museum
collections, certain primary themes and threads of interpretation will be
consistent through the exhibits: the cultural diversity and the confluence
of cultures and how they are shaped by the environment, the fragility of
the environment and the limitation of its resources, and the representa-
tion of the Rio Grande as both a lifeline and a political barrier.
If you would like to help with this worthy endeavor, contact Larry Fran-
cell, director of the Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University,
P.O. Box C-ioi, Alpine 79832, or telephone 915/837-8143-
A rare historical treasure has come back home because of the curiosity
of a couple of diligent historical researchers in Corpus Christi. It is British
artist Thomas Flintoff's watercolor of Corpus Christi in 1852, just a few
months before the city was incorporated. To help with the celebration of
the city's September sesquicentennial anniversary, Sandra Linderman, a
member of the staff of the Corpus Christi Museum, and Geraldine Mc-
Gloin, a member of the Nueces County Historical Commission, were re-
searching the city's history for a planned exhibit. In a note on the 1852
Lone Star Fair of Texas, which Henry L. McKinney organized in an at-
tempt to attract settlers to the region, they found a series of awards for
"best stallion," "best bull," "best embroidery," and best "specimens of
meat biscuits." Among them was the mention that an itinerant portrait
painter named Thomas Flintoff had won the prize for the best painting at
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