June 6, 2017
On June 5, 2017, The Bryan Museum hosted our very first Volunteer Meet & Greet event. Attendees—those interested in becoming volunteers at the Museum—had a chance to meet and mingle with some of our current volunteers and staff while learning about the variety of opportunities our volunteer program provides.
Volunteer coordinators Rebecca Diaz-Arrastia and Tyra Brunz first told the story of The Bryan Museum and then posed questions to a panel of our current docents and guest services volunteers, allowing them to share their own unique perspectives and experiences. Volunteers and staff also took questions from the audience.
Light refreshments were enjoyed, and at the conclusion of the event, guests were invited to tour our gallery spaces.
The event was well attended, and we look forward to welcoming our new volunteers to The Bryan Museum!
May 23, 2017
As the folks at the McFaddin-Ward House Museum would say, "One man's hobby is another man's museum"—at least when they are talking about our founder, J.P. Bryan. Mr. Bryan was the featured speaker for the May 11 lecture of McFaddin-Ward's speaker series, presenting a talk entitled Collecting Texas with J.P. Bryan. [Watch video]
With his trademark charm and easy delivery, Mr. Bryan captivated his audience—a packed house—and was at his conversational and humorous best. In a candid, moving, and self-reflective way that revealed both his heart and his journey, he spoke of his life as a collector and of his passion for the history of Texas and the American West.
Mr. Bryan told his story from the purchase of his first collectible (a pistol) at age eight, to the amassing of more than 70,000 objects spanning 12,000 years of civilization, to the purchase and meticulous restoration of the 1895 Galveston Orphans Home, now home to his incredible collection. He noted gratefully the role of his wife, Mary Jon, in his lifelong quest, shared personal anecdotes, and reflected on the lessons that history offers to everyone.
The audience sat spellbound for more than an hour and had more questions than were possible to answer in the time allotted. At the conclusion of the event, attendees were invited to visit The Bryan Museum to experience "the West as it will never be seen again," J.P. Bryan's gift to us all.
May 22, 2017
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, KPRC's lifestyle show Houston Life visited The Bryan Museum where host Jennifer Broome caught up with our curator, Nathan Jones. [Watch video]
May 21, 2017
By Malcolm D. Gibson
Source: The Daily News
Photo: The Daily News
Dreams and reality seldom cross paths, except at the intersection of 21st Street and Avenue M in Galveston. There, in the two-story vintage Bryan Museum, a collection of rare artifacts portrays how the dreams of Texas settlers clashed head on with the brutal reality of the frontier.
May 12, 2017
By Lynn Ashby
Source: The Facts
Photo: The Bryan Museum
THE MUSEUM – Here's a picture with an inscription: "I am happy to acknowledge this to be the only correct lithograph that has been taken of me. David Crockett." This is the Bryan Museum in Galveston, and the next time you head for the beach, set aside some time to come here, for this is one great collection of Texas history.
May 1, 2017
By Robert Gray, Editor
Source: El Paso Inc.
Photo: Jorge Salgado
J.P. Bryan is not your average historic preservationist.
The former investment banker was once known for his business savvy in the oil and gas industry. Now he is best known for his meticulous restoration of historic buildings, particularly the Gage Hotel in Marathon.
April 29, 2017
By David Canright
Source: Coast Monthly
Photo: The Bryan Museum
The written history of Galveston's beach and boating began 480 years ago, and did not begin well.
In June 1527, Gov. Pámfilo de Narváez set out from Spain to conquer the territory from Florida to the Rio Grande. It was the most ill-managed and ill-fated expedition in the annals of conquest.
April 28, 2017
On the evening of April 27, 2017, in honor of National Volunteer Week, The Bryan Museum celebrated our second annual Volunteer Recognition Party to recognize and thank the many volunteers who contribute their time, talent, voice, and support to The Bryan Museum.
The event was held in the Museum's beautiful Conservatory. Volunteers and their guests enjoyed wine and a delicious dinner catered by Chopin Mon Ami, then danced to live music courtesy of Sparky's Jazz Express ensemble.
In a ceremony, Dr. Jamie Christy, Director of the Museum, thanked the volunteers for their dedicated service. Volunteer coordinators Rebecca Diaz-Arrastia and Tyra Brunz recognized this year's new volunteers, volunteers who gave extraordinary commitment, and volunteers who have been with the Museum for one or more years. The evening ended with a delicious strawberry cake and a champagne toast given by Museum founder J.P. Bryan.
April 21, 2017
Photo: The Bullock Museum
On Wednesday, April 12, the Bullock Museum held a cocktail reception and program featuring J.P. Bryan in conversation with the Bullock's Interim Director, Margaret Koch.
The Collectors' Gallery is a new feature at the Bullock, spotlighting some of the finest treasures in the state of Texas. Mr. Bryan's collection had the honor of being chosen for its inaugural exhibition. The items on loan to the Bullock from The Bryan Museum include an ornate selection of spurs, an 18th-century Spanish colonial painted trunk, a Charles Hummel rifle, and an oil painting from Mr. Bryan's favorite Texas artist, Frank Reaugh. These items will be on display at the Bullock until June 25, 2017.
The invitation-only event for top supporters of the Bullock and special friends of The Bryan Museum in the Austin area was well received by all. There was an opportunity for attendees to view the special Bryan exhibit before and after the program with Mr. Bryan himself.
The program was an armchair discussion between Mr. Bryan and Ms. Koch that was comfortable and intimate. Mr. Bryan shared the story of the featured artifacts, the people who owned them, and how he discovered them. He also talked about his own personal history as a collector passionate about preserving and promoting the history of Texas and the American West by bringing it to life and making its lessons relevant and applicable to us today. The only complaint heard was that the talk was too short and the evening over too quickly!
April 9, 2017
By Sam Collins III
Source: The Daily News
Photo: The Daily News
On March 17, 2004, my great grandmother, Clyde Taylor-Johnson, also known as Mama Dear, celebrated her 97th birthday. That year I arranged for her to be interviewed.
April 4, 2017
By Michael Hagerty, Houston Matters
Source: Houston Public Media News 88.7
When we think of immigrants coming to America in the 19th and 20th centuries, you usually think of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. And it's easy to forget the role Galveston played as a port of entry to many seeking refuge and success in the United States.
March 26, 2017
By Rich Tenorio
Source: The Times of Israel
Photo: Galveston Historical Foundation
It was an unlikely premise, Jews escaping the pogroms of Tsarist Russia for a safe haven in Texas. Yet from 1907 to 1914, the "Galveston Movement" brought 10,000 Jews to the US—not through Ellis Island, but through Galveston Island and its eponymous port on the Gulf of Mexico.
March 18, 2017
By Willard Spiegelman
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Photo: The Bryan Musem
To attempt to present the story of a place, a people, or a culture through a display of art and artifacts is, at best, a risky proposition. One is grateful for the effort, even when the results are incomplete or spotty. Galveston's Bryan Museum tells, in fact, three stories: of a man, a building and a region.
March 16, 2017
In a communication on March 13, 2017 from Bob Phillips, Study Tour Coordinator for the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA), we learned that The Bryan Museum has been chosen as "the BEST" in the category of "Best Attraction" by the Texas Travel Counselors during their five-day Study Tour of the Upper Coastal Texas Region September 18-23, 2016. In addition, Rebecca Diaz-Arrastia, Docent Coordinator at The Bryan Museum, has been selected for the "Best Attraction/Museum Guide" award. Very exciting!
The TTIA sponsored this 41st annual tour. According to Phillips, the tour passed through twelve cities, ate at fourteen restaurants, and visited thirty-six attractions.
Both awards are slated to be presented at the Texas Travel Counselors Conference in Amarillo on April 11, 2017 during the Stars of Texas Awards Dinner at the Amarillo Civic Center. Joan Henderson, Director of the Texas Department of Transportation Travel Information Division, will be presenting the awards on behalf of TTIA.
March 8, 2017
By Michael Barnes
Source: Austin-American Statesman
Photo: Bullock Texas State History Museum
You won't find the Bryan Museum in Bryan, Texas. Or in the abutting city of College Station, for that matter.
March 6, 2017
By Samantha Ketterer
Source: The Daily News
Photo: Jennifer Reynolds, The Daily News
Nathan Jones never thought he'd stay in the Lone Star State after he graduated from college. Now, he's a curator at the Bryan Museum, a Galveston-based gallery devoted to all things Texas.
February 22, 2017
On February 20, 2017, Galveston Reads sponsored a special musical event in The Bryan Museum's Conservatory as a complement to its 2017 Book Choice, The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell. This special event marked an important collaboration with the Rosenberg Library to provide free cultural events to our community.
Local musician Sparky Koerner and his Jazz Express entertained guests with ensemble music popular during World War II. With seventy-six guests in attendance—reported by Galveston Reads to be its largest turn-out yet—the concert was deemed a great success.
In cooperation with the Rosenberg Library, Galveston Reads is a "One City, One Book" project that encourages everyone in town to read and discuss the same book. For more information, please call Idalia Avezuela, Galveston Reads Chair, at (409) 763‑8854, ext. 137.
February 14, 2017
By Samantha Ketterer
Source: The Daily News
Photo: Stuart Villanueva, The Daily News
J.P. Bryan, founder of the Bryan Museum, will celebrate his first Galveston Mardi Gras as grand marshal of the event's largest parade.
February 10, 2017
Dr. Jamie Christy, Executive Director of The Bryan Museum, was invited by The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas to give a talk as part of its Scholar Speaker Series. Lectures in the new speaker series relate to The Grace Museum's exhibit "Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy," to which The Bryan Museum loaned a number of pieces, including art by José Arpa, José Cisneros, and Porfirio Salinas. Dr. Christy's talk, entitled "Traces of Spain: The Multicultural Art of Texas," was presented on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Listen to the full lecture here.
February 10, 2017
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Houston's ABC affiliate Channel 13 was on location at The Bryan Museum to videotape an upcoming episode of its series Cool Spaces. Both founder J.P. Bryan and curator Nathan Jones were interviewed for the segment, which we understand is set to air the first week of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras 2017 runs February 17-28 so check your local listings and be sure to tune in!
February 7, 2017
On February 2, 2017, The Bryan Museum hosted Dr. Mariola Espinosa to mark the opening of two new special exhibits, Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island and The "Stranger's Disease": Experiencing Yellow Fever in Galveston, 1837-1897, with a lecture entitled Quarantines and Cubans: Yellow Fever in Galveston and Across the Gulf in the Late 19th Century. Dr. Espinosa's talk also marked the debut of The Bryan Museum Speaker Series, a new and ongoing lecture program.
Co-hosted by UTMB's Institute for the Medical Humanities and coinciding with The Bryan Museum's monthly Wine in The Bryan Gardens happy hour, the event was attended by well over 100 people. Following the lecture and a lively question-and-answer period, guests enjoyed music and refreshments and were then welcomed into the Museum's special exhibit gallery to view the new exhibits through the lens of Dr. Espinosa's insights.
Dr. Heather Wooten, Adjunct Professor, History of Medicine, at IMH and co-curator of The "Stranger's Disease" exhibit, expressed her appreciation to The Bryan Museum for hosting this event: "Although a more formal 'Thank You' is forthcoming, I want to express on behalf of the IMH our deepest appreciation for your exceptional efforts yesterday evening. We are delighted [with] this initial collaboration with the Bryan Museum and look forward to future ones."
The Speaker Series will continue in the months of March and April. On March 9, Rabbi James Kessler from B'nai Israel will speak on the efforts of Rabbi Henry Cohen to aid immigrants. On April 20, Dr. Mylynka Kilgore Cardona of the Texas General Land Office will share insights into the methods employed to entice immigrants to Texas in the nineteenth century.
February 3, 2017
By Gene Krane, THF Executive Director
Source: Texas Historical Foundation
Photo: Texas Historical Foundation
With the holidays over, I was finally able to make it to Galveston's Bryan Museum. One of the city's newest historical attractions, the museum is located in the 1895 Galveston Orphans Home, an architectural masterpiece on its own.
January 26, 2017
By Janet Van Vleet
Source: Abilene Reporter-News
Photo: Nellie Doneva
Tom and Lisa Perini will kick off The Grace Museum's Scholar Speaker Series with a talk on Spanish influence on Texas food.... On Feb. 9, Jamie Christy, executive director of the Bryan Museum in Galveston, will speak on "Traces of Spain: The Multicultural Art of Texas."
January 19, 2017
By Jeannie Ralston
Source: The New York Times
Photo: Jack Thompson for The New York Times
Though it's now known mostly as a frothy beach resort, this port city, population 49,000, has more character than most flip-flop playgrounds.
January 3, 2017
After weeks of nominations and tens of thousands of votes, we at Galveston.com are thrilled to present the Winners of the 2016 BEST OF GALVESTON AWARDS, "the Oscars of the Gulf Coast" according to The Houston Chronicle.
January 1, 2017
And you're looking at it!
Welcome to The Bryan Museum's new website! We are very excited to present our beautifully redesigned, reorganized, and enhanced website, and we hope you will be excited about it, too.
Over the past many months, we've been working hard behind the scenes to design and build a sleeker, faster, more robust Web presence, all with you in mind. Developed in-house from the ground up, the new Bryan Museum website is more than just a pretty face. Built for modern Web browsers, tablets, and smartphones, the new site features improved responsiveness, streamlined navigation, a pleasing new color palette (inspired by a favorite painting in our own Rest of the West Gallery), and, best of all, new features and functionality, with more to come as the new year progresses.
We invite you to spend some time exploring the new site. When you do, you will discover, for example, a greatly expanded Exhibitions section. Noteworthy is the new Permanent Exhibits section, which features a sampling of the art and artifacts in each of our permanent galleries, along with a short history summarizing the compelling stories told there. Another major addition is the enhanced Events section, which introduces new venue and beverage/bar packages for weddings and rehearsal dinners and for corporate and private events, all designed to make your decisions easier when planning your own event at The Bryan Museum. But we're just getting started, with plans already in the works for additional features to be rolled out in 2017.
So what do you think of the new Bryan Museum website? What do you like? What could we improve upon? We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to share your thoughts and comments with Melinda Cote, Web Developer at The Bryan Museum. Your feedback is important to us.
And now, enjoy the new Bryan Museum website!