Babetta has been volunteering for The Bryan Museum since August of 2017. Since then, we have seen her grow into an important and knowledgeable Volunteer, and she has become a paramount new addition to the Museum and Volunteer Program. Her a curious and inquisitive nature leaves her searching for answers, often before questions are even asked. If you happen to see Babetta during your next visit to The Bryan, be sure to say hello and thank her for her dedication.
We asked Babetta a few questions about her time at the Museum:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a native Texan who has a broad academic background. In my fifties, I obtained a teaching certificate in English and Social Studies. While never an active teacher (probably age related), I was a substitute teacher in secondary schools for more than ten years.
What enticed you to become a volunteer at The Bryan Museum?
As a retiree, I searched for a volunteer position which aligned with my love of history (at the University of Houston, I studied Texas History from Spain to Statehood!). As a substitute, my favorite classes were Texas history, US History, and World History. The Bryan Museum is a perfect fit for me!
What is your favorite part of being a Bryan Museum volunteer?
Three advantages of being a Bryan Museum Volunteer include: 1. Expanding my knowledge of Texas history and art, 2. Educating our visitors on the unique collection our Museum offers, and 3. Interacting with amazing volunteers who share my passion! It is truly an honor to be a Bryan Museum Volunteer.
What is your favorite thing about the Museum?
My favorite thing about The Bryan is its unique link with Galveston’s history. Mr. Bryan’s goal is to offer visitors a blend of the city and state’s histories. Some visitors share that they or someone in their family was an orphan. Some are related to a person featured in the Museum. Some have ancestors who lived through (or died in) the 1900 Galveston storm. These are special moments for a Bryan Museum Volunteer!