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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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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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Photos from the re-installation of the historic mural- "Emigrants at Nightfall" by Loren Mozely. Thanks to Nolan and Ruth Ryan and the efforts of all Museum Society members, the mural has been installed in the Alvin Museum again! Restoration by Lee Casbeer.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Emigrants at Nightfall by Loren Mozely During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated a program to pay artists around the country to create murals to decorate public buildings nationwide. The program was to be called the “people’s art.” Designed to inspire and encourage a nation overwhelmed by the problems of the Great Depression of 1934–43, the murals program of the federal government put needy artists to work and offered a vision of hope to communities struggling with acute economic and social hardships. In Texas, forty artists participated in the program. The post office murals captured the flavor of Texas, including themes of regional history and settlement, moving away from European-centered art in favor of an art based on American themes. In 1942, a mural created by Texas artist Loren Mozley was installed in the Alvin Post Office, where it remained until 1966. Loren Mozley, born in 1905, spent his early years in New Mexico, working and studying in and around Taos. After he finished college, he traveled to France, Holland, and Italy to further his studies. He also spent time in New York City, working as an engraver and painter, where he became friends with renowned artists Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo, and Georgia O’Keefe. He returned to Taos in 1935, and in 1938 he moved to Texas to help establish the new art department at the University of Texas at Austin. Under his guidance, the art department flourished and he remained there until his retirement in 1975 with the rank of professor emeritus. Three years later his career was commemorated by a retrospective exhibition and catalogue organized by the University of Texas Art Gallery. Mozley died in 1989. His work is shown in several galleries in Austin, Albany, and San Antonio. When the Mozley mural was taken down from the Alvin Post Office wall in 1966, it was folded and stored in the building’s basement. Many years later a Post Office employee contacted museum staff and asked if they would like to have it. Museum members Cleo Congrady and Ida Blanchette took the mural, unfolded it and covered it with protective sheets, and rolled it into a cylinder. It was stored at Alvin Community College until 2005, when it was brought back to the museum building, now housed in the original post office. (Had the museum not retrieved the mural from the basement of the post office, it would have been destroyed in the Great Flood of 1979.) Last month, restoration on the deteriorating mural was begun. Lee Casbeer, a Texas mural restorer, was commissioned by the museum to oversee the project, which was made possible by a gift from Nolan and Ruth Ryan. When the restoration is complete, Emigrants at Nightfall will be housed and displayed in the same building where it was originally installed. The museum extends its deep gratitude to the Ryans for this generous gift, which will enable this historical mural to survive for years to come for the enjoyment of all museum visitors.

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