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EdithAnn, in answer to your question...I was last at the McNamara about 4 years ago when I was still teaching school. I took my kids to it every year. If it is losing money then what you do is vamp up activity there. When I was taking Spanish at the College we built our "Day of the Dead alters" in the back kitchen part of the McNamara house. They had a big weekend festival there too that pulled a great crowd. As a history teacher it was one of the only places in the area that I could take my classes and they could still get a good feel of what life was like in early Texas.
I took my classes to the Nave...once when they had the photo exhibit of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Pardon me but 300 visitors a month is nothing to brag about...how many people live in Victoria? How many folks visit the city per month. I am sure that the new museum on the VC campus has cost a pretty penny to both build and to keep up. I agree that donations of things and places require up keep that is not always the best of deals for the organizations that take them on but Victoria has lost the train engine, mill, and now the McNamara...what a shame.
As far as the O'Conner connection to the house, personally I could care less. Katherine was the only one who has made any significant contributions to local history...the rest of them can't even think to donate the DeLeon's bed to the new museum so that the hundreds of DeLeon family members that still live in the area can see it somewhere other than in a photo...but that is another can of worms.
Children's Museum...really cool play room. Nave, The Coastal Bend Museum and???? what is the 4th one? Grants and trusts and fundraisers can do a lot.
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Fact is on homes that are State of Texas Historical Homes, like this one...and are on the National Regit. then they come with strict stipulations to begin with. They can't be torn down, they are very restricted on what changes and updates can be made to the house and usually building materials must be the type used originally...like blown panes of glass and the like. The home is already protected by these two entities.
What I find interesting is why the "Arts" and the "Historical" groups can't work together. The "Nave" is fine for what it is...but honestly...Victoria is not a hang out of the states artists and local artists only pull so much. Maybe the new Museum on the VC campus is using more funding than anticipated? Also why is it that all historical documents go to the college library? I mean...unless you are a registered student you can't get in there...why not the public library?
Funny thing is most towns and cities are vamping up their downtown areas hot and heavy...the baby boomers are a nostalgic bunch and don't like to travel any distances when they reach their destination. Go check out Goliad, Yoakum, Gonzales, Port Lavaca, Cuero....this is not in keeping with what has been going on in Victoria. Maybe you should consider getting new committee and board members for you local historical and museum organizations if they can't do better than this.
jtmcneley, It is not just here this kind of thing happens almost daily across the nation. I for one am tired of hearing about kids beating other kids up, children abused and as often as not were eventually killed by a parent. What does that say about our youth today? What it means to me is that while there are kids out there who are great kids...there are a growing number who accept no responsibility of their actions and goodness knows they seem to be incapable of understanding cause and effect, they are void to everyone and everything except themselves and when it comes to respecting other's property they don't know the meaning of the word. They have no value of life.
I hope that this young man makes it through and I hope that his brother and friends get what they justly deserve under the law.
Whoa...don't get your boxers in a knot. Your post agree's with my statement that under the old schools of VHS and Stroman there was a split in the town and a in your face attitude about Stroman not being as good as VHS was. There was a division between students, schools, and citizens of Victoria...allways that was ashame. What these two teams have done this year is unite the fans and citizens of Victoria in being behind BOTH teams and schools and that is a positive for all Victoria high school students.I hope it lasts.
As far as your comment about "Crab Nation" please allow me to clairify myself. I am well aware that Victoria teams have been to the playoffs more than Calhoun...sure hope so or we wouldn't have had the dubious distinction of being labeled as "The worst team in Texas" during those 46 years of losing. Crab Nation is strictly the fan base, not past records, not plays. We were dubbed as "Crab Nation" because of the loyalty that the fans have with our Sandcrab team. Calhoun always travels well...we pack them in at home and away and we did the same through all those decades of losses as well. The relationship between the fans and the team during our games is another thing that "the nation" is known for...our team listens to our fans and they will often signal the fans from the field when they need our help pull them through .
I must admit though it has been a lot more fun since we started winning and making the playoffs. My comment was about all the record number of fans that overflowed Memorial Stadium...proud, challenging, having a feeling of excitement that united the divisions of the past...and I think that is exciting for all Victoria fans.
I'm with you good times...Memorial Stadium is home to both teams..."Visitor" just can't be removed from the scoreboard. I too find it tacky when a visiting team plays to their own fans...(Ray does that) but somehow the way it went down Friday night seems very fair. I think it might have been equally nice for each band to play to the other schools fan base...that way everyone in Victoria would have had the chance to see both of their Victoria schools program.
I also wanted to give a bit of perspective to the fans of both teams...since I am not from Victoria. In my unbiased observations...through all the chatter I have read this season and all the talk I have heard coming out of Victoria, did NOT get the impression that Victoria East were ever thought of as the underdogs or "getto." If fact it has appeared as though Victoria East had taken the place of VHS and West had been labeled as Stromans replacement...just wanted to put that out there.
Finally...don't know about any of the rest of you...but I have lived in Calhoun County for 50 years...my family were all in the field of education at CCISD and I can't even remember the time that we have not attended Sandcrab games. We played both Stroman and Victoria High every year until Memorial was formed and you all moved to 5A...that said, through all of those years...VHS (and I remember when it was the ONLY high school) as the established campus was always the favorite among Victorians. Stroman never got the same type of recognition as the Stings...leaving us with the fact that there WAS a clear cross town rivialery.
What is different this year is that they are both new schools...neither of which get to carry on the legacy of either of the old schools...they instead are creating their own...and have done an outstanding job this season. The difference is that this change has united the fans of Victoria...and that magic and excitement poured out into the stadium on Friday night. Enjoy it...embrace it and both teams and ride that train as long as you can. Good luck to both teams in the Playoffs...you guys show those other schools that this is not a weak district.
What an thrilling season it has been for fans in Victoria..for both East and West. This has been an electric week for football fans...so much so that we could feel it all the way down south in Calhoun County and the fans that broke a new record in Memorial Stadium tonight could almost be faintly heard. Congratulations to both teams...and to East for their District win. Welcome to the "magic" that is felt in "Crab Nation"...feels goooooddddd don't it!
I'm still trying to get over Texans voting for Perry last time after the video footage of him chewing out a Texas State Trooper for pullilng his car over for speeding. I mean when someone makes comments like "do you know who I am?" and "get back in your car and go do your job" doesn't it loudly and clearly say to the rest of Texans "I am better than you and I am the exception to the laws in Texas?"
I have to admit though I was equally as unimpressed with White when he was mayor of Houston and his daughter had been arrested for DWI and he pulled strings to not only get her out of jail but also have all the charges dropped. Another "exception" to the law, instead of having his child deal with the consequences of her own bad choices...it sure looked that way.
How about Texans electing candidates that live their lives withing the boundaries of our laws? State officials that lead by example not by exemption. It is a great thought but I doubt that we will ever allow common sense to lead the rest of us. Food for thought before hitting the polls on Tuesday.
Let's do the Time Warp Again!!
Way to go Sandcrabs! The Nation is Proud of You!
How refreshing it is to pick up a newspaper and read a story that ends in such a wonderful and positive way. Obviously the Boyds know what is most important in this life and they have not let anything stand in the way of taking care of their family. Here's hoping that all of you have many, many wonderful years together in the future.