A permanent exhibit on local photography will be part of the Brenham Heritage Museum at the historic Post Office Building when it reopens at the end of the summer. The museum has been releasing artwork and descriptions of these initial exhibits. Phase 1 exhibits will primarily be located on the building’s main floor, though some artifacts will be in place in the basement, as well. One of the first stops most museum visitors will make after checking in at the front desk will be the Photography Theatre. It is a fitting tribute to a small group of people, the most prominent of whom was F.C. Winkelmann, who left one of the greatest historical resources Brenham could ever have.
There is also a special tribute to Louise Martin, a ground-breaking African American woman born in Brenham and destined to become a nationally recognized artist in the medium. It will include several of her personal cameras and belongings. The archive from a commercial photographer like Winkelmann or Marvin Harris and the others is chock full of school photos, sports teams, friends from church, extended family gatherings and lodge meetings long forgotten.
As the reopening of Phase 1 of the Post Office Building nears, financial support continues to be needed towards what will be a transformative project for downtown Brenham. The capital campaign for the project continues in full force, and the museum is seeking both corporate and individual partners. Some naming rights for both areas of the building and select exhibit kiosks are still available.
For more information, or to donate to the Brenham Heritage Museum please visit the website at www.brenhamheritagemuseum.org. You may also email BHM at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979.830.8445.