Fort Concho Museum alongside other local art museums strive to create enhanced archives

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Preservation Week is observed during the last week of April to raise awareness about collecting and preserving artefacts and history.

SAN ANGELO, Texas – The Fort Concho Museum wants to continue documenting the history of Tom Green County and surrounding areas. Museums like the fort have been hit hard by the pandemic. However, that does not prevent them from moving forward and continuing to preserve the history of the Concho Valley and the surrounding regions.

Fort Concho takes the opportunity to renew and update its collections. In 2019, the museum launched a grant to create a roadmap for deciding how it wants to update the museum site. The multi-page document talks about what the fort personnel want to do with the archives and the updates and improvements to the exhibits.

Cory Robinson, curator of the Fort Concho museum, said preserving history helps future generations get to know it.

“People here in Tom Green County and San Angelo and the immediate surroundings can know their history and background. But Fort Concho, but Fort Concho provides educational opportunities for people across the country,” said Robinson.

He said cost is one of the biggest challenges for this project right now, with each project having a separate budget. Currently, the budget is estimated at between $ 10,000 and $ 20,000 for each exhibit redevelopment.

Some of the new additions to the museum that the fort is studying are high-tech and improved display cases, interpretive panels, and interactive elements, to name a few.

Museum staff said they would be able to achieve one of their top priorities – to diversify the museum. Being able to bring out more historical objects will allow them to do so.

“African Americans at the border, African Americans in the military at the time. What were the roles of women at the time? Telling the stories of the Native Americans of the region … Let’s talk about all the history and culture. Robinson said.

In addition to writing additional grants and getting money from the public, finding the space is another critical factor in this project to house the various elements of these future exhibitions.

Laura Huckaby, deputy director of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and head of collections, said SAMFA was working on a common storage space with Fort Concho.

“What we really want to do is increase the visibility and availability of our collections while making them a real archive storage space,” Huckaby said.

Fort Concho Museum staff said this project will be completed within the next 5-10 years.

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