Museum dedication holds special surprise
By Mike Reddell
Bay City Tribune
Published September 20, 2009
Matagorda County Museum Association
presented not one but two historic events to the
And one was an extremely pleasant surprise for someone
who has worked diligently to advance the awareness and
preservation of Matagorda County History.
Dedication ceremonies Thursday afternoon recognized the
addition of Bay City's old post office building, which
houses the museum today, to the National Register of
That, in itself, had to be a satisfying event for local
historian Mary Belle Ingram.
She long has been active in efforts to get state and
federal historical recognition for sites throughout the
She was totally surprised when the association renamed
the museum's annex to the Mary Belle Ingram Museum
Considering the amount of time Ingram has spent in that
annex researching the museum's rich vein of historical
literature, maps and photographs, the association
couldn't have found a better way to honor her.
The addition of the 1918 Bay City Post Office Building
to the county's growing list of National Register sites
is a tremendous accomplishment for the city and county.
It is an exhaustive process to earn that distinction - a
nationwide one at that.
Thursday was a great day for the community and for one
special historian who has shown her love for local
history over the decades.
This editorial was written by Bay City Tribune
Publisher Mike Reddell on behalf of the Tribune's