Jack finished his docent training in January 2017, but he is a long-time volunteer since March 2016. His passion for sharing history is palpable on his tours, and he even assisted with the installation of our first two special exhibits of 2017, Forgotten Gateway and The "Stranger's Disease." If you are lucky enough to find Jack leading your tour, be sure to thank him for his time and dedication.
We asked Jack a few questions about his time at the Museum:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a sixth-generation Texan married to Debbie, a BOI. We moved "back" to Galveston in 2015 when I retired after working more than forty years for the State of Texas. My degree was in political science, with a minor in history, and I did graduate studies in international relations. I've been involved in government and historic preservation virtually all of my adult life. I also enjoy gardening (landscape and vegetable) and birding.
What enticed you to become a volunteer at The Bryan Museum?
It was a natural fit, given my decades-long interest in regional, state, and local history. Having visited the Museum, becoming a member, and then seeing an item in the paper about The Bryan offering volunteer opportunities, I couldn't resist. While working as a volunteer, I was inspired by other docents' ability to add so much to guests' experiences; I was convinced I had to try to do the same.
What is your favorite part of being a Bryan Museum volunteer?
It would have to be when what I present produces a genuine "Wow!" (or equivalent) response from a guest.
What is your favorite thing about the Museum?
The people (staff and other volunteers/docents) I get to work with.