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MISSION—Some things take time. It was more than five years ago when board members of the Mission Historical Museum dreamed of creating a landscaped courtyard area between the Shary Building and the museum annex.
That dream became a reality Friday, July 19, as museum board members were joined by Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas, city council members, and other of the community in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the $250,000 landscaping project.
The two Mission Historical Museum buildings are now connected by a beautiful garden and event outdoor area. Visitors can now enjoy a the nicely landscaped area featuring a grassy area, a brick paver-lined patio with a decorative fountain, updated parking and ramp accesses, bricked and cement walkways, a rock garden, and butterfly and native plant habitats. A newly-constructed wrought-iron fence encloses the museum grounds, completing the “connected” feeling the museum desired. A large gateway entrance features the City of Mission logo.
Celso Gonzalez, immediate past chairman of MHM board of directors, said the area will look even better when the plants have grown and filled out.
Since the ground breaking in February, many changes have taken place to the perimeter of the museum, not just the new courtyard. The alley and parking lots formerly separating the museum main building and the annex were removed to make way for the courtyard. New angle parking spaces were created along Doherty Avenue, providing convenient access to the museum and a newly constructed sidewalk.
Mayor Salinas said he was very happy with the way the project looks.
“It ended up being one of the best things we’ve done,” he said. The city provided the funding for the project.
Pete Jaramillo, chairman of the museum board, shared a quote by John F. Kennedy, “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
A lot of people are responsible for where we are today, said Jaramillo. Past and present board members, city council members, volunteers, the mayor, and many others have contributed something to where the museum is at now, he said.
In sharing a quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jaramillo said “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
This is what this is, said Jaramillo. “This project is a result of the creative effort of so many people.”
Martin Garza said this was one of his first projects as the interim city manager. It was amazing to see all of the contribution from the staff, board of directors and others into the project, he said. The museum is blessed with great directors and staff. Now it’s time for them to personalize it, make it their own, and share it with the people of the City of Mission.
Luis Contreras, museum director, said everyone that was present at the ribbon cutting has helped the museum in some way. He thanked city council members, the mayor, city manager, and other city administrators for never screening his calls and always being there when he needed something.
“This project received the energy it deserved,” said Contreras. “It’s an investment toward the future of this organization.”
Cindy Pacheco, on behalf of State Rep. Sergio Munoz Jr., presented the museum with a framed Texas Flag.
After the presentation, a ribbon cutting was held where Matt Ruszczak, Mission Chamber president/CEO, presented the museum with a chamber plaque and welcomed the community to the museum.
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