The Humble Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary with an open house event July 30 at the main museum and also at the McKay Clinic Medical Museum.
The event was free for all to attend, and cookies and punch were provided.
The McKay Clinic is a separate building from the main Humble Museum, usually open only by appointment, but it was open for all to tour during the celebration. The Humble Museum focuses on the wide range of Humble’s history, but the McKay Clinic has been dedicated to solely preserving the medical aspect of Humble’s history, including documenting some of the medical procedures that occurred in the McKay Clinic when it was in use, as well as preserving a range of the medical equipment used by the doctors in the McKay family from the 1800s to the time the museum closed in 1996.
Dr. Robert Meaux, vice president of the museum's board of directors, is also the main researcher for the museum, and in recent months has been repairing and updating some of the displays within the museum in preparation for the anniversary celebration. Also, Meaux and Alan Prather, a history teacher at Summer Creek High School, recently worked together to make renovations to the back room of the museum, installing several new displays which were finished in March.
Prather’s part of the renovations was in creating a new display about Humble’s oil history.
“The oil display contains a very detailed history of oil production in Texas…and the Humble area,” Meaux said. “The room also contains pictures and information on many local businesses that were important in Humble’s history, including Betty’s Bar-B-Q in Bordersville, and the Old Log Cabin restaurant just south of Humble.”
The anniversary celebration also featured the unveiling of a new exhibit for the museum. In the early 1980s, the
Humble Museum acquired a letter written in 1833 by Sam Houston, which he sent to a craftsman with instructions and details about a knife that he wanted the craftsman to make for him. Houston specified in his letter that he “wanted it more for cutting wood, than flesh,” as well as the dimensions and weight that he wanted for the knife. The museum asked Freddie Mitchell, a retired welder and metal worker who is a member of the East Montgomery Historical Society and lives in Crosby, to re-create the knife based on what Houston had written in the letter. He and his son did just that, and the knife was on display for the first time at the anniversary celebration.
Meaux said that the museum is looking to expand to a new location in the future.
“Ultimately, [the future of the museum] will have to involve a new building. We are pretty much at capacity in our current building for being able to display the history of Humble. More space will be needed to keep building more informative displays,” he said.
“But, the future of the Humble Museum is that it must continue to embrace change … to keep building new displays, altering older ones, and to remain relevant in the upcoming years,” he continued.
The Humble Museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit humblemuseum.com/.