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every three years depicting a different decade
in the family's history. This will involve
an ongoing research program, longterm
planning, and even fundraising efforts.
The results will present history in an
evolving and realistic manner, while offering
the public a reason to return. This
innovative technique should serve as a
model for other historical homes throughout
Through the Moody
Foundation and Mary
Moody Northen, Inc., a
private foundation, the
(Moody) family has
made many contributions
to education, health
care, the arts, and to
historical and cultural
The wealth and volume of the Moody
archival material has yet to be fully utilized.
A new building was constructed on the
grounds to house the immense collection,
and although only 85 percent of the materials
have been catalogued, when completed,
the education and research center of the
Moody Mansion and Museum will be available
to educators, scholars, and historians
as well as the general public.
According to Patrick Butler, director
of the museum, "The Moody archive represents
one of the most complete and
intact histories of a prominent family to be
found in the United States. It reflects the
lifestyle, political interests, business, and
personal concerns of this powerful Texas
The Moody Mansion and Museum
provides the perfect showcase for such a
collection and serves as a wonderful legacy
to the history of Texas. The house is both
a mirror of the age and an intimate portait
of the Moody's themselves - a wealthy
family who declined toindulge in extravagance,
who enjoyed the pleasures of a
quiet home life, and who knew the value
of preserving the fine things of the American
This legacy will educate and delight
generations for many years to come.
Julie Caddel is a freelance writer living in
Abilene.She has been actively involved in
historic preservation projects for many years.
The Moody Mansion, located at 2618
Broadway in Galveston, is open seven
days a week. Call (409) 762-7668 for
tour schedule and admission prices.
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