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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Centennial Memorial Museum

 
 
Centennial Memorial Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 5, 2022
1. Centennial Memorial Museum Marker
Inscription.  

The Centennial Memorial Museum was built as part of a statewide commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Texas Independence. In 1935, the Centennial Advisory Board of Nueces County discussed plans for the centennial. Original plans centered on hosting the annual splash days event and a historical pageant. However, the idea of a museum soon offered educational possibilities, promotion of regional history, increased tourism and a new community center. In 1938, the city of Corpus Christi donated a site within South Bluff Park and offered $1,200 toward the cost of the building. The commission of control allocated $4,000 and the citizens of the area donated over $1,000. Construction began in December 1938 and was completed on May 18, 1940. As a one-story 60 by 40 foot building, the museum was limited in space. Initially, Mary Louise Degarmo (d.1953), the historian on the committee, planned for a three-in-one museum highlighting history, art and science. Cattle brands, model airplanes, boat models, photography and geological exhibits promoted the uniqueness of the region. Art exhibits at the museum continued to grow as community participation
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in art also grew.

After World War II, when the museum was used as a military support facility and the exhibits were removed, only the art component of the museum remained, as the history and science components were moved to a new location. In 1944, with the creation of the Corpus Christi Art Foundation, the museum changed its name to the Centennial Art Museum. The museum continued to be a vital cultural force in the community until space limitations forced the art museum’s relocation to the art and science park on Shoreline Boulevard.
 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17625.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationScience & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is May 8, 1940.
 
Location. 27° 47.176′ N, 97° 23.991′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on Park Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1116 Park Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard and Minerva King House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Corpus Christi (approx. ¼ mile away); First Methodist Church of Corpus Christi
Centennial Memorial Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 5, 2022
2. Centennial Memorial Museum Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Felix Von Blucher (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Army Deserters Hanged in Corpus Christi (approx. half a mile away); Hebrew Rest Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Temple Beth El (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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