Heritage, Volume 14, Number 4, Fall 1996 Page: 17
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About the Belle Artifacts
* Where are the artifacts from
the La Salle shipwreck currently
Some of the artifacts are kept
at the Texas Historical Commission
offices in Austin. Many of
the organic artifacts such as rope,
wood barrels, and bowls are be- -
ing preserved at Texas A&M
University in College Station.
The majority of the artifacts, including
the 800-pound cannon,
plates, bells, and lead shot are
being preserved and temporarily
stored at the Corpus Christi
Museum of Science and History.
* When will the public be
able to view the artifacts?
The first public exhibition of
artifacts from the La Salle shipwreck
was held at the Corpus
Christi Museum of Science and History
in early August. This will be a traveling
mini-exhibit and will include some of the
artifacts excavated last summer, including
the bronze cannon. The exhibit will
travel to the cities in the Matagorda Bay
area including Port Lavaca, Palacios, Bay
City, and Victoria before returning to
Corpus Christi. This mini-exhibit will
eventually be incorporated with a larger
exhibit. This full-size exhibit would travel
around the country and possibly to Canada
There will also be an exhibit of the Belle
artifacts held at the Capitol in January for
the opening of the Texas Legislature.
* When will excavation of the Belle be
finished and all artifacts available for
Excavation of the Belle will
be completed by January 1997.
After that, it will take 3-5 years
to preserve and restore all the
artifacts before they are ready
* Where will the artifacts
be permanently exhibited and
who will make that decision?
The Texas Historical Commission
members will select a
permanent display site once the
artifacts are near full restoration,
sometime within the next
three years. Lieutenant Governor
Bob Bullock has expressed
an interest in building a state
history museum in Austin that
could house the La Salle shipwreck
exhibit. The Corpus
Christi Museum of Science and
History houses the 1554 Spanish wreck,
San Esteban, and is also interested in
hosting the Belle exhibit. The Commission
members will be looking for a site
that can meet security and curatorial
standards for such an exhibit.
Since shipwrecks usually have duplicated
artifacts such as plates, lead shot,
and bronze bells there is the possibility for
satellite exhibits at regional museums.
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