Leo Sánchez/ Jim Sánchez, Conexión Del Rio

DEL RIO –The Whitehead Memorial Museum, a small pioneer village, whose exhibits are spread out over several buildings, recently added three new exhibits: a school house, the Hall of Fame and the City Hall exhibit.

Conexión Del Rio interviewed Museum Director, Michael Diaz on those additions.

“We are working on three new exhibits as we were given money from the City of Del Rio,” Director Diaz said.  

The buildings consist of a school house, which will have the history of the San Felipe Independent School District, the Del Rio Independent School District and the consolidation both schools. 

“There’s also a display of an 1890s school house with desks, chalk board,” said Diaz.

The second exhibit is called the Hall of Fame which consists of either people, place or memorabilia such as:  Todd Hays an American former bobsledder silver medalist who participated in the 2002 Olympics, Del Rioan, Country and Western singer, Radney Foster, the Blanks Family and a golf club that was used in the 1957 San Felipe Mustang Miracle, Golf Tournament. 

Whitehead visitors 

“Our last exhibit which is not done yet, is our City Hall,” said Diaz. “This one will have information on the City of Del Rio County Library.”

Diaz stated that plans are also in the works to have a wall that is covered with City mayors from the first one to the current; plus County Judges from the first one to the current one, and a map of the canal system which shows various trails, stated Diaz.

Director Diaz stated his personal favorite exhibit was of the school due to the fact that his mom’s side of the family attended San Felipe High School. Diaz’ uncle taught history at SFHS after college.  

The school house and Hall of Fame are currently open while the City Hall exhibit opens later in October.

As the interview concluded, Diaz mentioned that the Memorial Museum’s annual fundraiser, the Oktober Fest is scheduled for the last Saturday, September 30 from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. It will be held at 1308 S. Main Street.

“Oktober Fest is all about celebrating German culture which has German sausage, Sauerkraut and German beer,” Diaz said.

Besides food and fun, there will be live music from 6 pm- 8 p.m. provided by the Dutchmen Orchestra.

FMI information on ticket prices, call 830-774-7568.