Beaumont Heritage Society has had a busy first quarter of the year with efforts in preservation, events, and conferences!
January saw exciting things as Executive Director Alicia McKibbin, Executive Assistant Chevelle Thomas, and Assistant Director Shelby Dryden attended the Real Places 2020 conference in Austin to learn about state-of-the-art preservation techniques. They spent three days in class learning about new developments in caring for historic buildings and best practices in history-based nonprofit organizations.
After Tropical Storm Imelda, Heritage Society staff began noticing a build up of moisture at the John Jay French Museum and began searching for a cause. Moisture and humidity are an enemy to the preservation of old homes and the historic artifacts inside them. Living in Southeast Texas, removing moisture entirely is not an option, but managing the amount of moisture is.
In February, BHS staff took a trip to visit the Galveston Historical Foundation to meet with staff about preservation techniques to prevent the spread of moisture in the John Jay French Museum. This meeting led to new discoveries about possible sources of the moisture. BHS staff is working hard at finding solutions to safeguard the historic structure from further damage, especially with the threat of torrential downpours from hurricanes and tropical storms. Stay tuned.
Latest Event News
Heritage Happy Hour at the Tyrrell Historical Library was a huge success drawing 127 in attendance. Attendees were treated to a tour of the recently restored library, built in 1903. Fry Daze food truck was out, serving guests quesadillas and tacos as they enjoyed beer showcased by Giglio Distributing Co. The Heritage Happy Hour was met with tons of support and saw Beaumont Heritage Society gain nine new memberships! Memberships are a primary source of financial support for BHS. All proceeds from memberships go directly to the care and maintenance of the John Jay French Museum.
Make sure to check back with Beaumont Heritage Society for announcements on news, updates, and upcoming events like the Lawn Party!