After a closure for three years due to damage suffered by Hurricane Harvey, the Humble Museum reopened formally in an all new location. The new museum is now housed in the former band hall of the Charles Bender Performing Art Center (located at 601 Higgins St.).
The opening ceremony took place Saturday, Nov.14th, during which many speakers shared their thoughts on the museum’s reopening.
Dr. Robert Meaux, who is the President of the Board of Directors for the Humble Museum, spearheaded the effort in getting the museum operational and setting up exhibits during the last few months, despite the countless challenges faced due to the COVID pandemic. He explained that the Humble Museum was ready to be occupied in Spring, but the pandemic put a further halt to a grand opening, forcing him and his wife to work in solitude setting up exhibits for several months. During his closing remarks at the ceremony, he thanked his wife, crediting her for doing a phenomenal job in getting the museum exhibits ready alongside him. He added that it would take approximately four hours to read through every item at the museum and encouraged anyone interested to reserve a few hours of the day to merely enjoy the history at hand.
In a conversation with Dr. Meaux, he simply stated his excitement for the Museum’s reopening, “I am overjoyed that this is finally taking place after all the hard work and dedication. This has been long overdue.”
Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe shared his thoughts on the day’s events. “Two years ago, the Mayor and I were discussing the future of the Museum and spontaneously thought about using the Band Hall at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center.” This meant that the original location on 219 Main Street would have to be closed. He thanked Dr. Meaux for his enthusiasm and welcoming of the new location. “This is an outstanding facility that we have built, and it will be here for years to come,” added Stuebe.
The Mayor of Humble, Merle Aaron shared remarks as well.
He further thanked Dr. Meaux’s dedication, expertise, and diligence. Because of Dr. Meaux’s efforts, the Mayor declared an impromptu proclamation recognizing him during the ceremony. It read, “Exorbitant effort had been made in making the history of Humble available for the world to see … whereas this is the moment of honor to recognize Dr. Meaux for his endeavors … his unselfish dedication to the Humble Museum has been a blessing and an inspiration for years to come … I do hereby proclaim this day (November 14th) as Dr. Robert Meaux day.” Dr. Meaux received a standing ovation.
State Representative Dan Huberty also gave remarks during the ceremony. He said, “There is a history in Humble that perhaps many do not know – this is where oil started. And a museum is where history exists, which we cannot rewrite; it is what we have built as Americans.”
City Houston Council member Charles Cunningham was in attendance. In a conversation with the Tribune, he said “It’s a great day in that the people of the City of Humble have stepped up to remember our history so we can move forward. It is a great thing that we can look back in time to analyze where we came from, especially with everything going on in the world today, and really see where we can go.”
Humble Methodist Reverend Jim Flagg was also in attendance, remarking “this museum is a testimony of what was done in the past, and if we fail to understand the past and what was previously done, then we have no idea where we are headed. We sit on the shoulders of those before us, and I think that this is a wonderful undertaking. Many people think that museums are simply old, dusty relics, but this is not true. Without a museum, without the past, we have no future.”
He added “it is truly remarkable that the community has overcome so many barriers – Harvey damaging the original museum, COVID delaying the opening of the new location … this Museum’s opening is truly wonderful and it shows yet again that our community can come together.”
For more information about the Humble Museum, visit HumbleMuseum.com.