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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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Distinguished Visitors

The Quanah Parker Exhibit was a rousing success and drew some distinguished visitors. Robert and Elsie Beard attended as well as members of The Alvin Garden Club.

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Final Week At the Alvin Historical Museum 300 West Sealy Street Alvin, Texas Quanah Parker- Exhibit Museum Hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. In addition there will be special times for a Farewell Event Thursday, October 6th 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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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.