Memorial Museum to Host ‘Views of the Museum Complex’

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum debuts a brand-new collection of photos on February 27. This exhibit puts a different perspective of the museum park on display for all to see.

The Memorial Museum is known for preserving the memory of Sam Houston and his homestead. The museum is a part of Sam Houston State University and located directly across the street from SHSU’s main campus.

The exhibit will focus on the museum in a different perspective, and the curators hope to show that there’s more than meets the eye on the 15 acres of history.

Casey Roon, curator at the Sam Houston State Memorial Museum, expresses her enthusiasm for the opening of the exhibit. Roon has collaborated with another well-known photographer in Huntsville, Derrick Birdsall.

Roon and Birdsall chose a few of their favorite photos that they’ve taken of the museum, and some photos may not be what’s expected.

“I have [gathered a small collection] of images that people would recognize from the museum park but that hopefully would stir an emotional response,” Roon said. “More than just a pretty picture.”

Roon enjoys taking photos because of how quick and easy the photo taking and editing process is. Roon is inspired by details that are often not caught by everyone. Once the exhibit is open to the public, Roon and Birdsall’s work will be shared with the community of Huntsville.

“I’m [always] taking photos of the underside of a flower or the way light or negative space can create interest to the eye,” Roon said.

Roon and Birdsall are thrilled to share the exhibit with the Huntsville community and hope that people remember the museum is more than just a historic site. The memorial museum is much more than artifacts in a building. This exhibit will show Huntsville that history is something that can be appreciated in photographs.

“The best way to learn about day to day happenings in this gallery as well as the rest of the Museum is to follow us on social media. We update daily,” Roon said.

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Make sure to visit the museum’s website to look at admission prices and other events happening this month.

The opening reception will be open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

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