Parlor Chats

By Lara Garner, Fulton Mansion Educator

Even though the rush of the holidays has now passed us by, things at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site are busier than ever! We are in the process of planning many exciting programs and events.

This year our theme is “The Journey of Restoration.” Throughout 2013, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the mansion’s restoration. At the same time, we will be working hard to provide another restoration.

Beginning this month, we look forward to the return of our popular “Parlor Chats” series. These lectures and discussions are greatly enjoyed by our local residents and the Winter Texans who live in Aransas County during this time of year.

The 2013 Parlor Chat series “Preserving Our Treasure: The Journey of Restoration” will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to learn what it takes to restore a unique architectural treasure. Our first chat, on January 28, is titled “The First Restoration: 30 Years of Renewed Splendor” and will focus on the first restoration of the house, which finished in 1983. The next talk, on February 18, is titled “Faded Glory: Returning the Grandeur.” This chat will focus on our current restoration and will allow participants to experience the “ugly side” of the Mansion by seeing the problems that need to be repaired. Attendees will have the chance to see the basement and third floor, areas that are not usually accessible to the public. The last chat in the series, held on March 11, is titled “Preparing for the Restoration: A Behind the Scenes Look at Packing Up a Museum Collection.” Participants will have the opportunity to see the packing-up process and learn what it takes to care for museum artifacts.

We hope this series will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the museum’s history and also inspire them to be a part of saving our local treasure.

Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The site is part of the Texas Tropical Trail Region.

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