Alvin Historical Museum


About Us

Since the successful bond issue of 2001, the City of Alvin has renovated the former post office to house the Alvin Historical Museum. Located at 300 W. Sealy, Alvin, Texas, the museum is a major on-going project of the Alvin Museum Society. Exhibits have been designed and fabricated, first-class movable shelving has been installed, offices have been outfitted with furnishings and basic computer equipment, and a breakroom for volunteers has been completed. Other exhibits are being designed and constructed. Except for the basic renovation costs, the Alvin Museum Society has paid for all other improvements through fundraising and generous in-kind gifts from individuals, local businesses and organizations.

The Alvin Historical Museum and Gift Shop officially opened to the public June 1, 2007. The museum and gift shop are open Thursdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00. The Alvin Museum Gift Shop provides a variety of books and other items.

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Here is picture of some young visitors to the Quanah Parker exhibit.
Pictured left to right: Rafael Lamadrid, Tomas Lamadrid, Javier Lamadrid and Luis Lamadrid. Quanah Parker exhibit also features Native American artifacts on loan from Eagle Dancer Gallery and various private collections. Children's corner features an interactive exhibit.

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Our new temporary photo exhibit, “Quanah Parker – One Man, Two Worlds” is opening on Thursday, September 1 and will run through Saturday, October 8. There are 35 pictures of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, depicting their history in the development of the U.S. frontier. In addition, there are numerous artifacts from other Indian cultures on loan to the museum which enhance the exhibit. No evening event is planned at this time, but there may be one in the future. You won’t want to miss this unusual exhibit. Come soon.

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Our new temporary exhibit has ties to Alvin citizens.
“When I was about 10 years old, I recall talking to Alice Purdy, one of Quanah Parker’s daughters, who was in her seventies at the time.” This statement was part of an interview with Jo Nell Parker, a resident of Alvin and retired teacher from the Alvin School District. Jo Nell was born and raised in Elkhart, Texas. She began teaching in Alvin in 1976 at Longfellow Elementary. Her teaching career also included being at Alvin Primary from 1965-67, and later moving to Disney Elementary from 1979- 1991. Her three children, Walter Scott Nicholson, Benjamin Parker Nicholson and Janay Nicholson Andrade attended Alvin schools. The interview with Jo Nell was prompted by the current temporary exhibit at the Alvin Historical Museum and its connection with the Parker family of Alvin. According to Ms Parker, her father Joe Bailey Parker had been encouraged by his father to research the Parker family history and its connection with the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah Parker. As it turned out, Jo Nell is a fifth cousin to Cynthia Ann Parker. In 1953, Jo Nell’s father helped organize an annual reunion of members of the Parker family and the Comanche descendents of Quanah. This reunion has continued over the years being held in various locations. The Parker still holds annual reunions at For Parker. Jo Nell remembers attending many of these reunions and as a child going to the original location of Quanah Parker’s Star House. She related the anecdotal story that in appreciation for Quanah’s astute dealings with them, business men built the house for him, and that it was the Indian Agent who chose his “go to town wife,” the only one of his seven wives who would be considered his legal wife. Jo Nell has lent the exhibit a Comanche Indian doll, given to her in the early 1950s by Vance and Anna Tomakara. Vance was a grandson of Quanah Parker and the great-grandson of Cynthia Ann Parker. Anna had made the doll. Other documents and artifacts belonging to Jo Nell’s family were donated to Baylor University in February of this year to be placed in their Texas History exhibit.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SEE HOW MANY YOU CAN COUNT Play the Elves’ game of “Seek and Count.” Write your number along with your name & contact Information on the entry form. Prize awarded for closest or exact count. Random drawing if there are duplicate numbers.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Due to the possibility of heavy rains and flooding forecast for Sunday, October 25th, the General meeting of the Alvin Museum Society has been cancelled. We will contact members if the meeting is to be rescheduled.

Monday, October 19, 2015

REMINDER OF THE UPCOMING MEETING Sunday, October 25th at 2:00 At the Alvin Senior Center We will have updates on Society activities, a program and lots of socializing. Our program presenter is Les Pettigrew, a person who lived in and studied Civil War Battlefields in Winchester, Virginia. As a “Living Historian,” Les will recreate for us the Battle of Gettysburg, giving us the perspective of a person involved in reenacting history. HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN US FOR HIS PRESENTATION.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

In preparation for recognition of all who have served as mayor of Alvin, the City Clerk asked us to provide pictures from our collection to be used in creating a video presentation. Searches were made of our collection of photographs and documents, as well as on the Internet. We were able to provide copies of several. However, it was discovered that likenesses of some of the earliest mayors could not be found. If you can help with this, please let us know.

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Liverpool Diaries Henry Clement was an early Brazoria County pioneer who lived in Liverpool from the 1890’s through the 1960’s. He kept a daily diary every day for almost 70 years. He recorded his daily activities and also kept a record of the weather each day. The first of the 74 diaries he kept was for the year 1894. He continued them until nine days before his death on December 11, 1964. The diaries have been preserved by family members; first by Henry’s daughter, Marjorie Clement Glassford, then his granddaughter, Patty Roden. His great-granddaughter, Gay Prevost , has recently loaned them to the museum and allowed us to scan them for our collection. According to Richard Klapper who has worked on them this summer, “It will probably take several years to scan all of them because of the volume of material and the need to perform scans carefully to avoid damaging them.” These diaries give an interesting account of everyday life in Brazoria County during this time period. In addition to his life’s activities, he chronicles weather information such as unusual snowfalls, as well as the 1900 and 1915 storms.

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President’s Message ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Sunday, October 25th, 2:00 pm 309 W. Sealy Street (Alvin Senior Center) The summer months were filled with ups and downs for us. We were “up” learning that the restored Post Office Mural project was underway with a possible completion date of the middle of September. Continuing, we were “down” learning that the replacement of the hallway floor required asbestos removal, delaying the completion of repairs there and in the exhibit hall. By the end of July we were on the way to seeing all back to normal, until the air conditioning went out the first week of August, causing us to be closed for the next three weeks. Thanks to our COO, Tom Stansel, and the assistance of the City of Alvin, all needed repairs were made and we resumed “business as usual.” Throughout all of the situations, we did stay “up” due to a steady stream of responses from members who renewed within the transition period. In addition several new business members joined, bringing our total membership to 321 to date.

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