The Sam Houston Memorial Museum brought a new look to an old tradition this past Friday, with a celebration of Sam Houston’s birthday while opening the doors to the W. S. Gibbs Conference Hall.
The Hall opened its doors to approximately 100 Sam Houston faculty, administrators, students, and local residents. The visitors toured the facility and heard remarks by SHMM Director Mac Woodward and University President Dana Gibson.
Dr. Gibson noted that the Hall reflects the kind of accomplishment that can be achieved when “the City, the University, and the community work together.”
This collaborative effort was spearheaded by the Directors of the Cultural Activities Foundation, which was created with funds bequeathed by W. S. Gibbs. In all, the foundation donated approximately $560,000, and the money was used to refurbish and expand the lower level of the Walker Education Center into the W. S. Gibbs Hall.
The Hall can be configured in a manner to accommodate diverse community needs. It can be used as a large hall, or partitioned off to create up to four separate rooms. The cost for a smaller room is $150, while renting the large hall for an entire day can cost up to $1,750, although Friends of the Museum (at the $100 level) receive 50 percent off rentals. For more information, contact Megan Buro at 294-3839.
The Junior Fellows occasionally volunteer at SHMM events, enjoy their regular exhibits, and the JF President, Christian Bionat, serves as the Student Representative to the Friends of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Board.