The Sam Houston Memorial Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive--accreditation by the American Association of Museums.
Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards
set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly
and provides quality services to museum visitors. Of the 8,000 museums
nationwide, only some 750 are accredited.
Gets Prestigious Accreditation
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is one of only four accredited museums
at Texas universities, joining facilities at the University of Texas,
Texas Tech, and Baylor.
"We hope the people of Texas share our pride in having earned this
prestigious honor," said Patrick Nolan, director of the Sam Houston
"This process was rigorous and demanding, as we examined virtually
every aspect of our museum's operations," Nolan said. "A year of
self-study and an on-site review by a team of experienced museum
professionals was required.
"We invite anyone interested in Texas history and General Sam Houston
to help us celebrate this award by visiting the Sam Houston Memorial
Museum and exploring our programs and exhibits."
Patrick said the accreditation process was a team effort, and listed
those who were especially instrumental in its successful conclusion.
They include: SHSU President B.K. Marks; Don Coers, and Ray Reiner, to whom at
various times the museum reported; members of the Museum Advisory
Board--Una Grace Nash, Marilyn Sibley, Caroline Crimm, Tom Rogers, Edith
Watson, Vicki Davis, Helen Bass, Robert C. Berry, Jr., Stan Foley, Brian
Miller, Barbara Lewis, and Beth Miles.
Museum staff who wrote parts of the self-study were Mac Woodward,
curator of collections, Derrick Birdsall and later Gene Pipes, curators
of education, Dave Wight, curator of exhibits, with support from Richard
Rice, Judi Baldwin, Rose Botkin and Misty Schwartz, historical
interpreters and Sarah Padon and Sandra Rogers, collections assistants.
Patrick also thanked secretary Kathy Shute for preparing the report and
Carey Jordy, Smooth Lawson, and Dennis Williams for having the buildings
and grounds in excellent condition.
"This puts us in a much more competitive position in soliciting funds,"
said Nolan, "and we are going to be looking for money."
Founded in 1936 during the Texas Centennial Celebration, the main
museum is undergoing a revitalization project involving a complete
re-design of its exhibits.
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is dedicated to the life and times of
General Sam Houston, former Governor of Tennessee, victor over Santa
Anna in the Texas War of Independence, president of the Republic of
Texas, senator from the State of Texas and governor of the State of Texas.
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum complex is located at the corner of
19th St. and Avenue N, and includes, in addition to the main museum, Sam
Houston's Woodland Home, the Steamboat House, in which he died, the
Walker Education Center, and other exhibits and buildings as well as an
18-acre remnant of the 200 acres of farmland once owned by Sam Houston.
Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Period demonstrations (also known as Raven's Rendezvous) are generally
offered the third Saturday of each month.
On Dec. 16 the museum will hold its holiday celebration with events
including a "Great Texas Book Fair" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Walker
Education Center, a Christmas concert by the Huntsville Youth Orchestra
from 10-11 a.m. in the Walker Education Center and Raven's Rendezvous
from 10 a. m. to 2 p.m. on the museum grounds.
Also, Candlelight Open House & Home Tours from 5-7 p.m. in the Woodland
Home, Steamboat House, Houston Kitchen and Law Office, and Folk Music at
the Museum from 4 p. m. to 10 p. m. in the Exhibit Hall and on the grounds.
For further information on the museum or any of its activities call
936.294.1832 or access the museum's web site.
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SHSU Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
Dec. 2, 2000
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