Jeff joined The Bryan Museum in July 2016 as a guest services volunteer and is now a docent. A fellow Galvestonian, he has a genuine interest in Texas history and a true appreciation for its conservation. Jeff has consistently volunteered throughout his life, picking up on Texas culture and history along the way. He is able to share this knowledge and experience with guests at The Bryan. If you are lucky enough to find Jeff leading your tour, be sure to thank him for his time and dedication.
We asked Jeff a few questions about his time at the Museum:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from Houston and retired a little over a year ago after forty years in the petrochemical services business. After having a weekend place here in Galveston for a few years, my wife Debbie and I made the island our permanent home in early 2016. We enjoy traveling both near and far but always look forward to getting back to island life.
What enticed you to become a volunteer at The Bryan Museum?
After retiring in early 2016, I was looking for volunteer opportunities and saw an ad for the Museum. I had visited The Bryan Museum just a week or two after it opened in 2015 and, like so many guests that I have spoken with since, was overwhelmed with the collection and the building. The idea of being surrounded by history and a part of something new on the island was ideal.
What is your favorite part of being a Bryan Museum volunteer?
Tough question! Having the opportunity to work with an awesome group of people. I have learned something from everyone I have interacted with at the Museum. Meeting people from all over the world and sharing some piece of history with them is a great feeling.
What is your favorite thing about the Museum?
Another tough question! Being a Texan, the Texas Frontier Gallery would be my first choice. The documents in this room are amazing. Handwritten items from Austin, Houston, Travis, Santa Anna, and of course the Battle of San Jacinto diorama. Then the building itself. I get as many comments on the building as I do the collection. It has a history of its own, which I enjoy learning about and sharing.