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 Jim and Bonnie Angle a few questions about their time at the Museum:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
JIM: Born and raised on the Island, I owned and operated (with my family) a gift shop at 7th & Beach for almost 30 years. During my high school and college days I worked at what is now Murdock’s with my Dad. My entire life has revolved around the Beachfront. When my wife retired from teaching 15 years ago, I closed down the store and leased the location. I am an avid yoga class participant, bike rider, and beach walker for 20 years now. Give me a sunny day and you will find me somewhere along the Seawall! East End Lagoon to San Luis Pass! BONNIE: After graduating from University in Louisiana I moved to Galveston. I taught geometry & pre-calculous for 28 years at Ball High School and 3 years teaching algebra at Galveston College. My husband & I retired 15 years ago so that we could travel at will and spend time with our Daughter, Son in Law and two Grandchildren in Houston. I enjoy my daily exercise classes, sewing, gardening and traveling to Europe.
What enticed you to become a volunteer at The Bryan Museum?
‘Wine at the Bryan’ got our attention and the thought of helping out with this wonderful museum appealed to me and my husband. While browsing your website I clicked on the volunteer tab for information. It sounded enticing and we signed up!
What is your favorite part of being a Bryan Museum volunteer?
JIM: Re-learning our interesting Texas history and the colorful individuals who shaped this area. Many of these facts have been off my radar for many years. (Jr. High Texas history class is getting to be a long, long time ago). This private collection is outstanding. Also, getting to know a fine staff and interesting group of volunteers. BONNIE: I really enjoy greeting visitors, helping out when needed and getting to know my fellow volunteers. I love hanging around this beautiful building and gardens.
What is your favorite thing about the Museum?
JIM: Getting to visit this grand building and fine garden. As a student at Ball High here in Galveston, my Key Club group would come here and play with the children on Saturdays. (It was a tad dreary and sad back then). Seeing this magnificent building come back to life with such an interesting and inspiring subject matter simply completes my day. Thank You Mr. Bryan for investing in our Island’s future. BONNIE: I am learning so much about the history of Texas and enjoy discovering more every time I am here. It’s a fabulous and interesting collection. I thank Mr. Bryan for sharing his collection here in Galveston at this beautifully restored historical building.