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Opening Day for the South Texas Heritage Center

by Fran Stephenson | May 26, 2012
The Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center is now open at the Witte Museum.

Grand Opening Kicked off with Ribbon Cutting, Boot Scoot

Marise McDermott and Mayor Castro before the Ribbon Cutting It’s been in the planning stages so long that we can’t remember a time when we weren’t talking about it.  But today our vision for the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center finally came true. 

And what a day it’s been.

It started bright and early with our first-ever 5K Fun Run and Boot Scoot. So many families and runners and boot-scooters!

Then it was on to the official part of the morning, the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Led by Museum President and CEO Marise McDermott, we were pleased to have San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro join us as well as our friends from the SA Chamber, donors, trustees, staff, members and guests.

Then, hundreds of visitors were combing the galleries, trying the interactive exhibits, taking pictures, asking questions and enjoying everything the South Texas Heritage Center has to offer.

The grounds alongside the river were filled with guests enjoying activities reminiscent of an earlier time and learning from the cowboys, vaqueros, Longhorns, horses and crafts people of the time.

If you didn’t make it out today, you’re in luck. Today is just the FIRST day for the South Texas Heritage Center. We are now open daily, and you can visit anytime.

But don’t wait to come see what all the fuss is about. As part of our Grand Opening Weekend activities, we’ve got lots going on inside and outside at the Center. Check out the full schedule of activities. 

Have you visited the Center yet? We would love to hear what you think.

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  1. 1 Paul G. Noack 27 May
    My wife Connie and I drove down from Austin to attend the Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting at the new Robert J and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center, adjacent to the Witte Museum. We were there to enjoy this historical event and represent the Great Western Cattle Trail Association. the new facility is everything we had hoped to see plus much more. I was most impressed with the area set aside for people to share their own stories relating to their South Texas Heritage.  What a thoughtful attempt to allow visitors to share their own personal family history and how it relates to the big picture that we now admire and call South Texas.
      I also was thrilled to see the studio quality portraits of over one hundred old trail drivers of Texas. I have pursued the tales of their history making efforts from just after the Civil war to the early 1890's.  To be able to finally see the images of some of them who have remained somewhat obscure was exciting. I will be returning to this new place that honors their memory time after time in the future.
      To Mrs. Kleberg and to the Witte and all of the  fine people that support this effort I offer my Thank You and my  admiration for a job well done. Proud Texans you should be.

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