New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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(Above) Sarah Reeves, Bonne Burton and Michael Spain look over blueprints for renovations at The Sophienburg museum and archives. (Top) Jean Dorbandt frames 1920s-'50s era Valentine's cards for the museum's Valentine s exhibit.
With new director and new space, Sophienburg ready for big changes
By Scott Mahon
Contractors were putting the finishing touches on the ambitious expansion of the Sophienburg Museum.
Renovation of the 10,400 square-feet old city library buUding should be completed by March I, said Michael Spain, hoard president.
“At least that’s our tai get date,” he said. “We wUl at least be partially operational.”
When the work is done, the museum’s campus will consist of 23,000 square-feet of space in three separate buildings — the existing museum building, the newly renovated building and the old city library, which is currently used for storage.
“The museum campus is on the site of the original town founded by Prince Solms,” Spain said. “The existing museum houses artifacts and archival collections, including books, papers, maps, municipal documents and photographs."
The existing building was built in the 1935, Spain said. In 1992, the museum acquired the old city hall building on Seguin Avenue.
“in 2001, the city built a new library, and city council knew we were interested in tile old library," Spain said. “So they transferred ownership to us. We also own two lots behind the library building, which could give us another 4,000 square feet of space.”
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■ 6 pm Wednesday
■ Honors Hall, 390 S. Seguin Ave
■ What retailers does the study suggest could make it here?
■ What retailers does the community think the town lacks?
The second phase of a comprehensive retail study compiled by a Fort Worth company will be presented Wednesday to city officials.
The $40,000 study is intended to identify specific retail I AT A GLANCE demands that could j ■ Retail study translate to new j meeting commerce in New Braunfels.
The project is a joint effort by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Braunfels to identify and group consumer profiles and match those findings to appropriate retailers.
“The idea was initially Mayor Adam Corks,” said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of (Commerce. “(Community ll), a consulting firm in Fort Worth, wits hired to do a study that would help us go after particular retailers."
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City, school fiber-optic agreement months out
By Scott Mahon
By Scott Mahon
Smithsonian official discusses museum’s future
By Ron Maloney
A senior official with the Smithsonian institute is coming to town Monday to discuss the future of the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music.
Smithsonian Director of Affiliate Programs Michael Carrigan will host a community forum to talk about future programs and developing community support for the museum.
'the meeting will be conducted from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the museum, which is located at 1259 Gruene Road.
The New Braunfels Museum
of Art and Music opened as the Hummel Museum in the early 1990s, showcasing the art of Sister Maria innocentia I lummel, a nun in World War ll Germany. I ler paintings of happy and innocent-faced children were later interpreted in plates and figurines that are famous around the world.
In 2000, it returned the Hummel collection and changed its locus to the local arts and music heritage — adding its affiliation with the Smithsonian.
U*gai issues surrounding parking delayed construction and opening of the museum for more than a year. In late December,
with the help of lenders and local businessmen, the museum put those problems behind it and is now moving forward.
Museum Executive Director Charles Gallagher said Monday night’s meeting would be held to explore what the museum and its Smithsonian affiliation can mean for New Braunfels and its educational, arts and cultural community.
“Mr. Carrigan will he Hying down here from Washington, D.C., specifically to meet with the people of New Braunfels,” Gallagher said. “This will be a
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Nell Fortner finds success in coaching basketball thanks, in part, to getting the opportunity to play sports at New Braunfels High School.
City officials an* months away from finalizing an agreement with New Braunfels Independent School District to connect the computer systems of the city, New Braunfels Utilities and NBlSD’s campuses through a fiber-optic network.
The agreement, which has been in the works for a year, would allow the tha*e entities to share
computer databases and telephone systems.
“We budgeted for this last year, and wen* working on the final draft of the agreement,” said (aly Manager ( huck Pinto.
Pinto said council set aside $ 1.2 million in reserve funds last year to pay for the change.
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AT A GLANCE
■ City council meeting
■ 6 30 p rn Monday
■ Council chanv-bers. 424 S Caste!! Ave
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