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Frontier Times Museum hosts spring gala


The Frontier Times Museum Board of Trustees urges all museum owners to turn out for this year's spring gala - and if you live in Bandera County, that means you. Since 1972, the museum has belonged to residents of Bandera County.
The theme for this year's gala, "Spring into the Future," will celebrate the museum's plans to grow as a cultural and educational institution, expanding services offered to the community. The gala will begin at 7 pm, Saturday, May 2, at The Lodge at San Julian Creek at the Flying A Ranch.
"This is the museum's main fundraiser," said Rebecca Norton, executive director for the Frontier Times Museum. "We receive no public funding for operations. We rely heavily on this event to help us throughout the year and cover costs for our educational programming, exhibits and Cowboy Camp, the museum's monthly free musical program."
Opened in 1933, the museum was owned by its founder, J. Marvin Hunter. After Hunter's death in 1957, the museum was sold in 1960 to businessman and inventor Foster Bic Doane. Recognizing the museum as a community treasure, Doane purchased it to preserve it for the future. After his death in 1964, his widow and the family's Doane Foundation continued to operate the museum until 1972 when they gifted it to the residents of Bandera County.
The museum is currently operated through grants, membership dues and admissions fees, as well as profits from its small gift shop.
Through private donations, the museum purchased an adjacent lot with the plans to expand the museum campus.
"Currently we suffer from a lack of space for new exhibits and a lack of space to do more events for the community," explained Norton. "The building expansion will more than double the size of our campus and give us 3,500 square feet for new exhibits that will focus on Bandera history. This year's gala will celebrate the steps we are taking to secure and improve the museum's future."
Musical entertainment for the spring gala will be provided by the Three Peace Band, who plays music from the 1960s and '70s. The evening will also include silent and live auctions of treasures for all lifestyles and fancies. Event catering will be by Chef Aaron Gonzalez of Backyard Bistro and will feature substantial hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets are still available at $100 and may be purchased at the Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street, in Bandera, or at the door the night of the event. For more information, call 830-796-3864.