Below we've put together a general list of the main content areas that our permanent collection covers. We do have original objects and documents that cover other areas as well. Please email our Curator, Katie Hutto, at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about areas not covered below.
Further below we have shared some additional resources for both history and natural history. We will continue to add to this list as we encounter interesting sites that we think would be of use and benefit to our local educators.
We have objects and photographs from Camp Hulen including German POW artifacts as well as photographs from Europe and Japan. We also have original ration and coupon cards. We also have uniforms from multiple eras, photographs, original documents, and women in service.
The La Belle model ship is on view and able to be transported on request. We also have documentation of the excavation, information on La Salle, a few artifacts, and of course, the half-scale replica that is open for groups to tour.
We have some artifacts from the Karankawa's including arrow heads and replicas of bows and arrows. We also have large-scale paintings depicting everyday life.
We have information and photographs of the destruction of Hurricane Carla. There is also a lot of information on town growth, agriculture, and industry of our area that ties into how our area used the land.
We have a collection of biofacts including shells, skulls, preserved fish, and natural resource related photographs.
We also have oral histories that encompass soldiers of Camp Hulen, the African American community, and Vietnamese immigrants.
Browse the Portal to Texas History to search the county newspapers, some Camp Hulen images, and various books pertaining to Matagorda County.