Alvin Museum Society

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The Alvin Museum Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organzation led by a Board of Directors. Committees function within the organizational structure and are encouraged to participate in the work of the Society through volunteer activities. The Alvin Museum Society owns and operates the Marguerite Rogers House Museum and the Alvin Historical Museum. Both museums are open for touring on Thursdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 at each site. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Mission: The Alvin Museum Society exists to preserve the history of Alvin and its immediate area by heightening residents' awareness of the value of saving the past for the benefit of the future. Exhibits, programs, and activities that educate the museums' patrons are offered. Selected for preservation are structures, objects, documents, photographs, oral and visual histories, and all artifacts that add to the telling of Alvin's story. Providing and equipping a suitable building for the Alvin Historical Museum continues to be a goal of the Alvin Museum Society

03/14/2020

The AMS Board of Directors has voted to close both the Alvin Historical Museum and the Slover-Rogers Cottage effective immediately and until further notice.
Kathy Mattes, President

Saturday the Garza family visited the museum at the request of young A.J. dressed to support the Astros game.
10/12/2019

Saturday the Garza family visited the museum at the request of young A.J. dressed to support the Astros game.

A group of 30 Seniors from the Houston Taiwan Institute visited the Alvin Historical Museum on Friday, October 11th.
10/12/2019

A group of 30 Seniors from the Houston Taiwan Institute visited the Alvin Historical Museum on Friday, October 11th.

10/02/2019

General Membership Meeting will be Sunday October 13th.

Each October, The Texas Historical Commission's Archaeology Division celebrates the spirit of discovering Texas' past.



The program for our October meeting will provide an opportunity to focus on local "historical archaeology."



Greg Clutter and Tom Mattes will present the program. In addition there will be an opportunity for some "digging" fun.



Have you had the experience of "finding" an unusual artifact when digging in your garden or excavating for a foundation? Bring it to the meeting. Members will be invited to do some "digging".

The Boomer exhibit is ongoing at the museum.
09/12/2019

The Boomer exhibit is ongoing at the museum.

Tom Stansel, Bobbie Case and Nan Self share a longtime relationship working with the Alvin Museum Society
09/12/2019

Tom Stansel, Bobbie Case and Nan Self share a longtime relationship working with the Alvin Museum Society

Members of the Board of Directors for the Alvin Museum Society pay tribute to Miss Bobbie Case for her years of service
09/12/2019

Members of the Board of Directors for the Alvin Museum Society pay tribute to Miss Bobbie Case for her years of service

Jerry Pryor Day at The Alvin Historical Museum . Jerry has volunteered for over 40 years and will soon have her 92nd bir...
07/23/2019

Jerry Pryor Day at The Alvin Historical Museum . Jerry has volunteered for over 40 years and will soon have her 92nd birthday !

Have you heard ? Don't tell her , but Tuesday July 23rd will be Jerry Pryor Day at The Historical Alvin Museum. The muse...
07/15/2019

Have you heard ? Don't tell her , but Tuesday July 23rd will be Jerry Pryor Day at The Historical Alvin Museum. The museum is honoring her for her over 40 years of service and the approach of her 92nd birthday ! She will be at the museum volunteering from 11 to 3, so come by and surprise her !

General Membership Meeting June 23, 2019
06/04/2019

General Membership Meeting June 23, 2019

03/14/2019

They came from the southern coast of Western Australia, husband and wife, for just one reason. They wanted to step foot on the sixty acres of Texas where his father had been born in 1922. Right here in Alvin, Texas.

They called the museum late Saturday afternoon, twenty minutes before closing time. They were at the Holiday Inn in Alvin, with no car. What happened next was simply amazing.

Our museum has a core group of half a dozen volunteers, who joined together to make this couple's dream come true. Within an hour of their call, one of our volunteers was at the hotel, bringing them a copy of our Driving Tour and a few other papers. They spent three hours on Sunday WALKING the driving tour!

I spent most of Sunday doing research, which I loved. Monday morning at 9am, I met them at the museum. One by one, other volunteers showed up. Kathy, then Tom, then Richard and Mike. The museum was officially 'closed' but we turned on all the lights, bells and whistles for them (literally, we have railroad bells and whistles in our exhibits) and gave them the Grand Tour.

We had the pleasure of treating them to Stanton cheeseburgers, Texas onion rings, and Blue Bell Ice Cream. They got their picture taken with Neal Stanton (Stanton's opened in 1922, the same year his father was born). Neal even found them a package of kangaroo sausage.

Then we drove three miles out of town to the sixty acres, where he finally got to kick that Texas dirt he had dreamed about. The weather was perfect, the breeze was awesome, and I'm pretty sure most of us had leaking eyes by the time we made it back to town.

This experience will stay in my heart for a long time to come, I suspect. It was a perfect example of why we do what we do, and for me personally, it was confirmation that all that research I do really does have an impact on the lives of everyday folks.

Long live the Alvin Historical Museum!!

H/T to Marie Brannon

The new remodeled Alvin Museum Society website is up and running.
02/28/2019
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The new remodeled Alvin Museum Society website is up and running.

Visit Us Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Slover-Rogers Cottage Hours By Appointment Phone number: (281) 331-4469 Historical Museum Slover-Rogers Cottage Check out our

Museum members and all others are invited to see the Alvin Primary Wax Museum.
02/26/2019

Museum members and all others are invited to see the Alvin Primary Wax Museum.

02/21/2019

To Society Members,

This is a reminder that our first 2019 General Membership Meeting is this Sunday, February 24th at 2:00 at the Senior Center.

This is the meeting at which we celebrate the founding of the Society and look forward to getting together to reminisce about its history.



The meeting is at 2:00 at the Alvin Senior Center. A brief report on Society 2018 activities will be given, as well as a preview of events to come in 2019.





Please join us for this event. Light refreshments will be served.



Thanks.

Kathy Mattes

AMS Board President

02/05/2019

We begin the year with anticipation-looking forward to implementing changes. Our newly revised By-Laws will allow the Board of Directors to function more efficiently and effectively. Two new Board members, Susan Trevino and Donna Starkey , bring a fresh perspective to discussions and decision making. We enthusiastically welcome them. Cindy Young, our new part-time staff person, has already changed the complexion of our day-to-day operations. She is now the official opener/closer, scheduler of volunteers, clerical assistant, and activities organizer. Moreover, her friendly , smiling personality adds calmness to our chaos. 2019 looks to be a very active year for the Society. With the completion of our two renovation/restoration projects, work now turns to developing and designing new permanent exhibits-Nolan Ryan– Alvin Sports and the Children’s Exhibit in the Historical Museum. The MRHM will get a new name– Slover-Rogers Cottage to match its new appearance along with changes in how we present it to the public. There are plans to enhance the interior and focus on the uniqueness of the structure. Under consideration, but not as yet decided, are plans to offer it as a venue for small group meetings.
In collaboration with AISD a new educational program on social history of our community has been developed. It is to be presented to several AISD third grad classes . This is part of the museum’s Our-Reach program which encompasses an educational opportunity within the framework of the collected history in the Alvin Historical Museum. An article I recently came across listed “Ten Reasons to Visit a Museum,” one of which was Museums Make You Smarter. Quoting from the article, “ There is no doubt that a primary role of museums it to engage and educate the community. Museum exhibits inspire interest in an area of study, item, time period, or an idea– but there is more going on in museums in regard to education than one might think.” We believe this is an important role and one which we strive to take on through our Out-Reach program. The continued support of our membership and community leaders will enable us to achieve this goal. We are grateful to all who assist in this endeavor.

Many thanks. Kathy Mattes

Attention Boomers! If you a Boomer, you can be part of the next exhibit at the museum. Copy and print the form and bring...
01/17/2019

Attention Boomers! If you a Boomer, you can be part of the next exhibit at the museum. Copy and print the form and bring it to the museum.

11/27/2018

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving . Thoughts now turn to the coming Christmas Season.



To start things off the Alvin Parks & Recreation Dept. is holding its annual “Home for the Holidays” celebration on Saturday, December 1st

At National Oak Park. The hours for the event begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. with an evening lighted parade.



We have been given booth space. This will give us an opportunity to sell remaining seasonally related items left over from our fundraiser .



We are looking for volunteers to help with this. Our booth will be set up from 10:00- 4:00.



If you can volunteer to help for an hour or more during this time , please contact me by calling or texting to this number 281-543-2026.

11/14/2018

Members of the Alvin Museum Society,



The Alvin Historical Museum is looking for a part-time employee to assist in the day-to-day operations of the museum.



This will be a 30 hour per week position, Tuesday through Saturday from

10:45 until 3:15 with other hours flexible. The job will include opening and closing the museum, greeting visitors, coordinating museum volunteers, and performing general clerical duties under supervision. The job starts Dec 1st.



If you are interested in applying for this position please do it within the next few days and please contact Celeste Martinez at TEI Staffing at (281)

331-0342 or at [email protected]

10/26/2018

General Meeting this Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2:00 in the Alvin Senior Center, 309 W. Sealy, Alvin, Texas.



Alvin Historical Museum COO Tom Stansel will be presenting a program on the history of the Marguerite Rogers House Museum, including the status of the current renovation. I will give an update regarding the accomplishments of the Society so far this year.



Hope to see you there.



Barbara Passmore, President

AMS Board of Directors

08/18/2018

Message to all Alvin Museum Society Members SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH IT’S ON THE CALENDAR! SAVE THE DATE! AMS Fundraiser “ ATTIC & CLOSET” sale for the Marguerite Rogers House Museum Parking lot of the Historical Museum – 300 West Sealy 9:00am– 4:00pmWe are asking members for donations for our “ATTIC & CLOSET” SALE  Items that can be stored in boxes can be brought to the museum during operating hours Thursdays- Saturdays – 11-3 Please bring larger items to the museum on Friday, October 5th between 3-6pm Check your attic and closet for collectibles, novelties, decorations, kitchenware, toys, jewelry, furnishings and other – (NO CLOTHING, please) and bring it in.Contact us at [email protected] or 218-331-4469for additional information

08/11/2018

IT’S ON THE CALENDAR! SAVE THE DATE



· AMS Fundraiser “ ATTIC & CLOSET” sale for the Marguerite Rogers House Museum

· Saturday, October 6th

· Parking lot of the Historical Museum – 300 West Sealy

· 9:00am– 4:00pm



We are asking members for donations for our “ATTIC & CLOSET” SALE

Ø Items that can be stored in boxes can be brought to the museum during operating hours Thursdays- Saturdays – 11-3

Ø Please bring larger items to the museum on Friday, October 5th between 3-6pm



Contact us at [email protected] of 218-331-4469 for additional information

Plan to be there and support The Marguerite Rogers House Museum.
08/10/2018

Plan to be there and support The Marguerite Rogers House Museum.

Nine members of the Alvin High School Class of 61 went as a group to the museum. Everyone enjoyed the exhibits and talki...
08/02/2018

Nine members of the Alvin High School Class of 61 went as a group to the museum. Everyone enjoyed the exhibits and talking about Alvin history. We thank Tom Stansel for taking our picture.

Update on the work at the Marguerite Rogers House Museum-If you haven’t been by the House Museum lately you missed seein...
07/31/2018

Update on the work at the Marguerite Rogers House Museum-If you haven’t been by the House Museum lately you missed seeing the renovation activity. Attached are some pictures to show the ongoing work. We are currently waiting for the delivery of additional replacement siding. Selection of the color scheme for the painting is under consideration. Much more happening. GO BY AND TAKE A LOOK!



Also, plans are in the beginning stages for a fundraiser to replace this year’s Garden Tour. The current idea is to have an “Upscale Garage Sale”- at the house in early October featuring collectibles, novelties, decorations, housewares and “A Bargain Bin”.



Be thinking of any items you may have to contribute(no clothing, please). You will be notified and asked to send us information about your contribution beforehand to assist in developing a setup plan.

06/14/2018

The museums exhibits are even better now with the "On Cell" system. Come by and see and hear for yourselves. ON CELL
At the museum, “On Cell” doesn’t mean talking to your friends or family on your mobile phone.
Our “On Cell” refers to a computer system that enables visitors to use their smart phones to assist in independently
viewing all of the exhibits in the museum.
Former Alvin resident Joe Ripma developed the platform needed to support this computer program. When we
realized that we needed a narrator to describe each exhibit, we reached out to Bill Lewis, the Department Chair
of Communication at Alvin Community College.
Lewis is experienced in doing ‘voice overs,’ though this assignment was different from anything he had done
before. He found that he enjoyed the process of trying to match the tone of the script with his voice over, then
finding the right piece of music that enhances the viewing experience. “I always enjoy the artistry of putting
something together that people will enjoy,” Lewis states. “Alvin and Manvel are always considered small
towns, but they certainly have a lot of history that’s very interesting and every time I get a script there’s something
new that I’m going to learn. I’m flattered to be asked to help with this project and I hope it enhances the
visit for those who make a trip to the museum.”
So far the response from those museum visitors utilizing the On Cell system has been overwhelmingly positive.
We are currently evaluating the entire process to ensure that everyone can easily use it and benefit from it as
they tour the museum.
Our thanks to Bill Lewis for making this possible.

Now ready for visitors to see at the museum.
06/14/2018

Now ready for visitors to see at the museum.

04/25/2018

Dear Members of the Alvin Museum Society,



We wanted to remind you of our final special presentation taking place tomorrow, April 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Alvin Senior Center.



Richard Klapper will be giving a presentation on the History of the Alvin Methodist Church. We think you will find the information in the presentation very informative.





We will be in the far East room of the Senior Center, rather than the large meeting room. The presentation starts at 6:00 p.m. and should be over by 6:30 – 6:45.



Hope to see you there.



Sincerely,

AMS Board of Directors

04/11/2018

This is just a reminder that tomorrow, April 12, Richard Klapper will give his presentation of Ancient Oil Lamps at 6:00 p.m. at the Alvin Senior Center.



This presentation covers ancient oil lamps which have been uncovered in areas such as Israel, Greece, the Roman Empire, Egypt and Northern Africa. These lamps are from 1000 to 4000 years old, and many examples of them are currently on display at the Alvin Historical Museum. The presentation discusses the methods used to make them and how the design and use of them changed over the centuries. (The museum will be open after the presentation for those who would like to see the Klappers’ lamps.)



We hope you will take this opportunity to learn more about this part of ancient history.



Sincerely,

AMS Board of Directors

04/05/2018

We are pleased to announce that we have 3 upcoming events that we think you will enjoy. Richard Klapper is going to do 3 new presentations about historical topics, just as he did last year.

The presentations will be given on Thursday evenings at the Alvin Senior Center, 309 W. Sealy, at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. One is taking place at the Museum, also at 6:00 p.m.


1.) April 12, 2018: Ancient Oil Lamps
This presentation covers ancient oil lamps which have been uncovered in areas such as Israel, Greece, the Roman Empire, Egypt and Northern Africa. These lamps are from 1000 to 4000 years old, and many example of them are currently on display at the Alvin Historical Museum. The presentation discusses the methods used to make them and how the design and use of them changed over the centuries. (The museum will be open after the presentation for those who would like to see the Klappers’ lamps.)

2.) April 19, 2018: The History of the Mustang Community in Alvin
The Mustang Community is where Alvin began. This presentation shows the earliest settlers who came to Alvin and put down roots in the Mustang Community. It was once a thriving community, but as the roads improved, people began moving into urban Alvin.

Grace Ward Harby’s family settled in the Mustang Community in 1892; Ms. Harby was born there in 1898. Most of the information given in this presentation came from her.

Due to a scheduling conflict with the Senior Center, this presentation will take place at the Museum.

Dear Friends of the Alvin Museum Society, We are proud to announce that beginning Thursday, February 22, 2018, the Alvin...
02/14/2018

Dear Friends of the Alvin Museum Society,



We are proud to announce that beginning Thursday, February 22, 2018, the Alvin Museum Society will present “The Treasures of Tutankhamun,” an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition will be on display at the Alvin Historical Museum, 300 W. Sealy Street in Alvin, Texas, until Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Also on display will be Richard Klapper’s collection of 84 ancient oil lamps, with explanations and maps to enhance the experience. (See attachment.)

The museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00.

Admission is free for members. Non-members: $3:00 for adults; children under 12 free.

We hope you will come and enjoy this exhibit.

12/22/2017

If you're looking for something to do with the young 'uns tomorrow afternoon, you might consider a trip to your Alvin Museum. In addition to all the permanent exhibits, there's a special one that commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War I.

It basically shows what life was like in Alvin from the late 1910's and into the 1920's. There's a typical kitchen with an antique cast iron stove, a sewing corner with a pre-Singer sewing machine, tributes to all Alvin's war heroes, two exhibit cases with uniforms, stuff that local stores were selling at the time, and a corner "living room" where you can sit and read actual letters our servicemen wrote home. Plus much more.

The hours are 11 am to 3 pm, and the cost is $3 for adults. The museum is in the old Post Office Building on Sealy, next door to City Hall and across the street from the Senior Center.

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302 W Sealy St
Alvin, TX
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Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11:00 - 15:00
Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

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Karen and Kathy (the Seffert sisters) visited the museum on October 5th. Bobbie Case was Kathy's fifth grade teacher.
Patsy and Bill Wood were walking past the Slover-Rogers Cottage this morning, curiously looking at the house. Kathy Mattes noticed them and offered them a quick tour! They were very impressed. Thanks, Kathy!!
Eduardo De La Cruz from Dallas visited the museum on Thursday, October 3rd in search of information on the boyhood home of his baseball idol, Nolan Ryan. I was glad to help.
There's never a dull moment at the museum. This morning Bunky & Son showed up to install our new slat-wall in the Gift Shop. Cindy Young and Alice Rodgers are checking out their work, because you know, inquiring minds .....
We had such a great experience today and got to learn lots of new things we did not know about this little town we call home. Plus our son loved getting to dress up like a cowboy and have his picture taken. Thanks to all the volunteers, yall were all fantastic.
Absolutely fascinating presentation this topic of an era in our national history. The author and singer brought their subject to a welcoming audience. Loved the photos and personal stories of these children's lives told yesterday afternoon. Thanks for the presentation.
1st. Picture March 2, 1947 2nd Picture March 14, 1936 3rd North side School 4th March 1938 I recognize some of the people in these photos