John E. Conner Museum

John E. Conner Museum Welcome to the John E. Conner Museum page! Located on the Texas A&M-Kingsville Campus since 1929, the John E. Conner Museum is a general museum preserving and exhibiting the cultural heritage, history, and natural history of TAMUK, Kingsville, and the South Texas Region.
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Through permanent exhibits, temporary exhibitions, and study collections, the John E. Conner Museum seeks to preserve our heritage and share it with others.

06/26/2020

With the increase in COVD-19 cases in Texas and Governor Abbott's latest directives, the reopening of Conner Museum has been moved back to July 20. We will be posting updates to Museum status here on facebook.

06/19/2020
Happy Juneteenth! To explain the origins of this holiday and why it is so significant to Texans, requires a bit of a len...
06/19/2020

Happy Juneteenth! To explain the origins of this holiday and why it is so significant to Texans, requires a bit of a lengthy explanation (sorry!).

Although an unjust, immoral, and heinous institution, up to 1865, African slavery was legal in the United States (although it had been phased out in New England). During the American Civil War, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Although this proclamation established, for the first time, the power of the national government to end slavery, it could not be enforced except within those areas of Confederate States under U.S. Army control. Slavery remained in effect in loyal border states, and legally, in the rest of the United States.

On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The Confederate Government had already fled Richmond and was effectively dead; Jefferson Davis would issue his last official order as President of the Confederate States of America on April 12 while on the run from Union forces. Lee’s Army, however, only one of three major Confederate commands in the field. The Army of Tennessee under Confederate Joseph E. Johnston, the largest Confederate Army division, surrendered April 26 in Durham, North Carolina while the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, whose region of responsibility included Texas, did not surrender until May 23 1865; Confederate General E. Kirby Smith formally signed the terms of surrender in Galveston, Texas on June 2.

Despite some temporary efforts by Union forces to invade Texas during the Civil War, Texas remained free of U.S. control. The last land battle of the Civil War was fought in South Texas at Palmitto Ranch, near Brownsville, on May 12-13. News of Lee’s surrender and the collapse of the Confederate government simply hadn’t reached Texas. After Confederate forces won the battle, they were informed that they had been fighting for a government and a cause that effectively no longer existed. With a cessation of hostilities, things in Texas returned to their pre-War status quo, with local power bases intact and no apparent end to the horrors of African-American slavery.

On June 19th, 1865, U.S. Army forces under the command of General Gordon Granger re-established federal control over Texas with their unopposed arrival at Galveston. One of Granger’s first orders of business was to publicly issue the District of Texas’ General Orders, Number 3 which stated, in part, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” With the presence of established U.S. Army troops to enforce the order, African slavery in Texas was irrevocably ended. By December 8 of that year, the Thirteenth Amendment outlawing slavery became in indelible part of the U.S. Constitution and legalized slavery was ended throughout the U.S.

Local Juneteenth celebrations celebrated the anniversary of Texas emancipation day for many years. On June 3, 1979, the Texas Legislature proclaimed Emancipation Day (Juneteenth) an official state holiday.Today we remember the end of legalized slavery in Texas and the rights of freedom of all Texans.

03/17/2020
01/20/2020

Reminder:
The University and Conner Museum will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
We will reopen on Tuesday, January 21.
Make it a great day today!

Remembering...
01/20/2020

Remembering...

01/20/2020

Reminder:
The University and Conner Museum will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 21.
See you Tuesday!

Celebration of Quilts 2020Tonight's reception was filled with fun, food and friends. A big thank you to all who joined u...
01/15/2020

Celebration of Quilts 2020
Tonight's reception was filled with fun, food and friends. A big thank you to all who joined us.

Don't forget the reception tonight, 5 - 7 p.m. for Celebration of Quilts 2020. Meet the quilters, enjoy refreshments and...
01/14/2020

Don't forget the reception tonight, 5 - 7 p.m. for Celebration of Quilts 2020. Meet the quilters, enjoy refreshments and enjoy the visual treat of colors and patterns in Celebration of Quilts!

"Butterflies" by Karon Spooner

01/08/2020
Campus may be closed, but Conner Museum is keeping our regular schedule this Friday & Saturday. Spend some time at Conne...
12/20/2019

Campus may be closed, but Conner Museum is keeping our regular schedule this Friday & Saturday. Spend some time at Conner Museum this holiday break!

12/09/2019
Thanks to all our Facebook fans for helping us reach 1,000 likes!
12/09/2019

Thanks to all our Facebook fans for helping us reach 1,000 likes!

12/09/2019
Conner Museum at the 2019 Ranch Hand Festival.
12/02/2019

Conner Museum at the 2019 Ranch Hand Festival.

11/25/2019
Our friends at the Kenedy Ranch Museum in Sarita are hosting international chef Adán Medrano Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30...
11/13/2019

Our friends at the Kenedy Ranch Museum in Sarita are hosting international chef Adán Medrano Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Last July 4thh, Medrano served 2,000 tacos in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow! Medrano will be demonstrating cookery and signing his new book "Don't Count the Tortillas: A Guide to Texas Mexican Cooking" which may be purchased at the Kenedy Ranch Museum for $29.95 + tax. The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and learn from this renowned chef!

This happened today at Conner Museum!
10/26/2019

This happened today at Conner Museum!

Conner Museum showing off some amazing artifacts. Jalisco!
10/25/2019

Conner Museum showing off some amazing artifacts. Jalisco!

Homecoming parade at 6pm. See you there!
10/24/2019

Homecoming parade at 6pm. See you there!

10/24/2019
10/17/2019
A JOURNEY TO ELSIELAND: MOSAIC ART OF ELSIE REICHENBACHER Some photos from last night's amazing reception with Texas A&I...
10/17/2019

A JOURNEY TO ELSIELAND: MOSAIC ART OF ELSIE REICHENBACHER
Some photos from last night's amazing reception with Texas A&I Alumna, Elsie Gaertner Reichenbacher.
Please come visit!

Come see "Song of the Universe," 2013 and 39 other amazing pieces of mosaic art at "A Journey to Elsieland: Mosaic Art o...
10/15/2019

Come see "Song of the Universe," 2013 and 39 other amazing pieces of mosaic art at "A Journey to Elsieland: Mosaic Art of Elsie Reichenbacher" on exhibit now through December 14. Special reception with the artist Tuesday, October 15 5-7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Please Join Us.Come see the beautiful mosaics of Elsie Reichenbacher, Coastal Bend artist and Texas A&I Alumna. Meet and...
10/15/2019

Please Join Us.
Come see the beautiful mosaics of Elsie Reichenbacher, Coastal Bend artist and Texas A&I Alumna. Meet and speak with the artist, enjoy refreshments and view the dazzling array of mosaic art in a wide variety of subjects and forms

Opening Reception:
TODAY
Oct 15, 2019
5pm – 7pm
Conner Museum
FREE ADMISSION

OPENING TODAY: A Journey to Elsieland: Mosaic Art of Elsie Reichenbacher.

View the award-winning artwork of alumna Elsie Reichenbacher '74 - including religious icons, guitars and sculpture - at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University - Kingsville now through Dec. 14th!

You don't want to miss this exhibit!
10/14/2019

You don't want to miss this exhibit!

OPENING TODAY: A Journey to Elsieland: Mosaic Art of Elsie Reichenbacher.

View the award-winning artwork of alumna Elsie Reichenbacher '74 - including religious icons, guitars and sculpture - at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University - Kingsville now through Dec. 14th!

Our friends at the Kenedy Ranch Museum are displaying this unique exhibit featuring photographs of early-day Sarita! Spe...
10/04/2019

Our friends at the Kenedy Ranch Museum are displaying this unique exhibit featuring photographs of early-day Sarita! Special opening reception Friday, Oct. 11 6:30-8:30 at the Kenedy Ranch Museum. For more info., call 361-294-5751.

Museum Director Jonathan Plant leads a class discussion on foodways of early South Texas peoples for Dr. Shannon Aguilar...
09/24/2019

Museum Director Jonathan Plant leads a class discussion on foodways of early South Texas peoples for Dr. Shannon Aguilar's early human nutrition class.

09/17/2019
Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Texas A&M University - Kingsville

The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville hosted a grand opening for their newest exhibit, En Mi Familia, inspired by the art and storytelling of Carmen Lomas Garza, alumnus.

The En Mi Familia exhibit revolves around four areas, each based on one of the artist’s paintings. Each of the stations is interactive including making tamales, dancing to music and cooking a barbecue.

A few more photos of Saturday's event.
09/15/2019

A few more photos of Saturday's event.

Great weekend in Kingsville...especially at  Conner Museum!The Museum hosted a greet and meet on Saturday with artist Ca...
09/15/2019

Great weekend in Kingsville...especially at Conner Museum!
The Museum hosted a greet and meet on Saturday with artist Carmen Lomas Garza. This was a free event and open to the public.
We welcomed almost 200 guests. Muchas gracias amigos!

VIP reception...FUN!
09/15/2019

VIP reception...FUN!

The John E.Conner Museum’s new permanent exhibit ‘En Mi Familia’ opened Friday night with a special VIP Experience and a...
09/15/2019

The John E.Conner Museum’s new permanent exhibit ‘En Mi Familia’ opened Friday night with a special VIP Experience and a chance to meet famed artist Carmen Lomas Garza!
We appreciate all in attendance, and all that support our beloved Museum. Muchas gracias amigos!

Happy birthday Carmen Lomas Garza. We hope we made your day a little sweeter!
09/15/2019

Happy birthday Carmen Lomas Garza. We hope we made your day a little sweeter!

Beautiful, hand-crafted papel picado banners are a great way to add an authentic look to your Fiesta or other celebratio...
09/15/2019

Beautiful, hand-crafted papel picado banners are a great way to add an authentic look to your Fiesta or other celebration. We had so much fun! Thank you Carmen Lomas Garza.

Address

905 W Santa Gertrudis Ave
Kingsville, TX
78363

General information

The John E. Conner Museum is closed on university holidays. Admission to the museum and its exhibit galleries is free; donations are gladly accepted.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

3615932810

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Conner Family in front of museum -- on occasion of John E. Conner's 100th Birthday (1983) -- John E. Conner in center of group