Heritage Center Gala
I attended the opening gala of the South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum, May 3rd with friend, Mamie Carter, advisory trustee and long time member of the Witte. A black tie affair, I chose to wear a bolo tie crafted by Jaime Buitron and black goat skin Lucchese boots with my tux. As formal as this cowboy gets, but appropriate for the opening of the Heritage Center named in honor of King Ranch heirs, Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg.
The mud wagon of Captain Richard King, founder of the famous King Ranch, was on display. It drew much attention, as well as a vast collection of ranching memorabilia, donated by South Texas ranchers.
Dinner was served by the RK group in the garden, under the stars. The sculpture of Gutzon Borglum’s “On the Trail” could be seen from our table. Borglum created Mt. Rushmore; a winter Texan, with his studio in Alamo Heights. Agnes Harwell, Witte Board Trustee, entertained our table with tales of her childhood days in San Antonio.
After dinner, we were entertained by The Sounds of Cactus Country, who played both kinds of music; country and western. The Texas style fandango finished with an impressive fireworks display that reflected on the waters of the San Antonio River.
The South Texas Heritage Center officially opens to the public on May 26, 2012. If you like Texas history, you will be impressed with the exhibit.