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Nuecestown Schoolhouse Historical Center

The first school in the area was located in Nuecestown. By the early 1880s, a new building comprising a single twenty-foot-square room was the third school, and served as the classroom for all students from the first through eighth grades. In 1980 James T. Persons, Jr. donated the building to Nueces Co. to be restored and used as a museum by the Calallen Junior Historians. Spearheading this project was Calallen Middle School seventh grade Texas History teacher Sally Garwood Robeau. Throughout her teaching career, prior to her retirement in 1996, Mrs. Robeau required each of her students to submit a family history report as a class assignment, in order to give them a more personal perspective of the history of their community, county, and state, while furthering their own self-awareness.

The vision of a museum was realized, and today the actual building houses the Nuecestown Schoolhouse Historical Center, relocated on the grounds of Hilltop Community Center, 11425 Leopard, Corpus Christi. Each spring the Center is host to an invitation-only Pioneer Days exhibition, which brings busloads of elementary grade school children from throughout south Texas to view firsthand methods of pioneer craftsmanship, customs, and culture.

Sally maintains a vertical file of not only the family histories of her students, but also clippings of events and area history collected since her own childhood. She is one of the premier historians of the area, and is expanding a genealogy library on the site.

The museum is currently open each Wednesday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon, or Beverly Brock at the Hilltop Community Center, (361) 241-3754, can provide more information or confirm if anyone is there.

Inquiries are welcome, and Sally Robeau may be contacted by Email at

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