San Benito museum plans ongoing

SAN BENITO — Planning for the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum pushes on.

Earlier this week, consultant Ed Meza gave city commissioners a brief rundown on what he has been doing to get the museum up and running.

Earlier this year, commissioners approved a design proposal from architect Steve Tillotson from Munoz and Company, an engineering firm from San Antonio.

The designs were presented by Meg Jorn, architect and president of Megamorphosis Design, which features a guitar-shaped entrance that fronts Heywood Street.

Work on updating operating policies for the museum to follow upon its opening are under way, Meza said.

Those policies will include incorporating information for museum loans, gifts, volunteer programs, board responsibilities, collections’ maintenance and handling.

It also means staying on top of the architectural plans. Meza encouraged commissioners to be vigilant while the building of the museum takes place.

“They might design it with expensive materials that you don’t really have to spend that much on to get the same quality,” Meza said.

The museum will be located at the corner of East Heywood Street and North Crockett Street.

The San Benito History Museum, the Freddie Fender Museum and the Texas Conjunto Hall of Fame and Museum will be part of the much larger cultural plaza.

For now, Meza continues to document, list and value the collections of the museums.

“These artifacts will be used for the new museum and must be accounted for and insured in order to be displayed properly,” he said.

Designers have already begun to develop designs for the exhibits.

“The museum board recommended some designs, also,” he said. “We want to make sure the exhibits are affordable.”

When the museum eventually opens, Meza hopes residents who have some kind of historical artifacts or heirlooms will allow the museum to put them on display.

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Museum holding fundraiser

An auction, dinner, drinks music, door prizes, surprises and fun are scheduled for the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum fundraiser. Proceeds will go toward the planning stages for the museum.

Carlos Conde, a published syndicated columnist, will be a special guest speaker.

IF YOU GO

WHERE: Oak Hill Event Center, 1780 W. Expressway 77/83, San Benito

WHEN: Oct. 13.

DONATIONS: $50 in advance, $60 at the door