One man’s hobby is another man’s museum. Well, at least for energy industry mogul J.P. Bryan of Houston. For more than 40 years, Bryan and his wife Mary Jon collected a vast array of 70,000 objects from the Old West. Fine china, saddles, art, books, documents, artifacts from the Battle of San Jacinto. The collection traces the development of the American West across 2,500 years of civilization. But as they say, enough is enough, so the Bryans moved their collection from three of their homes into their new museum in Galveston.
The Bryan Museum is housed in a historic building at 1315 21st Street. Known as the Galveston Orphans Home, the building was erected in 1895, heavily damaged in the storm of 1900, rebuilt and operated as an orphanage until 1984. There it stood just waiting to be resurrected by someone like J.P.Bryan.
Mr. Bryan will be the featured speaker at the McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center On May 11, 2017. As always, the lecture series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. No saving seats, please.