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PARK ASSOCIATION

Help Preserve Texas History through Preservation, Education, and Celebration by joining the Association today!

The oldest support group for any TPWD park, Washington on the Brazos State Park Association was created in the 1950s as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to facilitate preservation projects, celebrations and educational programming at this historic site and its four attractions. Besides playing an integral part in the creation and subsequent expansion of the Star of the Republic Museum, it also has supplied funding for park and museum personnel; spearheaded funding for the Visitor Center and its educational displays; assisted in the reconstruction of Independence Hall; spearheaded funding for the “real-life” exhibits and programs of the Barrington Living History Farm; assisted in purchasing, relocating and restoring the home of Dr. Anson Jones; assisted in construction of Six Flags Over Texas monument; provided research to have La Bahia Pecan Tree designated a “Famous Tree of Texas;” and purchased the following: an educational website with mobile phone app; new website for the complex; playground equipment; animals for the farm; bluebonnet and other wildflower seeds; and an important collection of historical papers and documents for the Museum.

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Mission Statement

Washington on the Brazos State Park Association, a nonprofit organization, exists to help preserve the rich history of the heroic actions taken by our forefathers at Washington on the Brazos with the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, on March 2, 1836.

The Association generates support to facilitate programs, celebrations, and education at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, Fanthorp Inn and Barrington Living History Farm.

You can play a vital role in Texas History by supporting Washington on the Brazos State Park Association, join today!

Accomplishments of the Park Association

  • Longest running support group in the Texas Parks and Wildlife system.
  • Sponsors and secures funding for the annual Texas Independence Day Celebration.
  • Assisted in the reconstruction of Independence Hall.
  • In concert with the Barrington Society, purchased, relocated to the park, and restored the home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas.
  • Assisted in securing public and private funds to build the Star of the Republic Museum in 1969, and its subsequent expansion in 1992.
  • Continues to fund the acquisition of interpretive artifacts and provides financial support for education programs presented by the park, farm, and museum.
  • Assists in promoting the site through a litany of marketing opportunities.
  • Raise funds for the necessary improvements needed to maintain a safe, enriching, and educational environment for visitors.
  • Installed new playground equipment in the picnic area, and cultivated bluebonnets and wildflowers throughout the park.
  • Funded state-of-the-art teaching website www.txindependence.org to allow anyone to learn in detail about the Convention of 1836 and the drafting of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
  • Funded a new cell phone application to allow visitors to stroll park grounds and tour a “virtual” town site of Old Washington.
  • Assisted in funding of the Six Flags Over Texas monument in Navasota to inform visitors of the area history, and direct tourists to the historic site.
  • Provided the Texas Forestry Service with research to have the La Bahia Pecan Tree designated a “Famous Tree of Texas.”
  • Raised funds and awareness of Washington on the Brazos through the sale of “For the Love of Texas” books and prints.

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BOARD MEMBERS

Jim Kolkhorst
President

Cyndee Smith
Vice President

Donnis Baggett
Secretary

Jared Patout
Treasurer

John Fultz
Immediate Past President

Evelyn Boatwright

Jo Frances G. Greenlaw

Seneca McAdams

Harriet McElreath

James Moser

Louis Newman

Susan Patrick

 

Hondo Powell

Kameron Searle

Mimi Toubin

STAFF

Ginger Moreland
Administrator, Washington on the Brazos State Park Association

Houston McGaugh
Director, Star of the Republic Museum, Blinn College

LIAISONS

Catherine Nolte
Republic of Texas Complex, Superintendent, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Ginger Scott
Manager, Barrington Living History Farm, Texas Parks and Wildlife