Exhibit: Legacy - The Astin Family

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is pleased to present the premiere of its new exhibition: LEGACY - The Astin Family - Culture and Couture in Early 20th Century Bryan. The exhibit opening reception, free to the public, will begin at 6:00 pm, Thursday, January 31, with a fascinating presentation by Fran Lamb about the Astin Family and early 20th century Bryan. A reception and gallery viewing will follow. Fran Lamb, a local KAMU radio personality, is best known for writing and narrating more than 400 episodes of Heritage Highlights, stories of Brazos Valley history. Fran brings her unique homespun style and extensive research efforts to all of her programs.

The exhibition tells the Astin family story, charting the rise of the family and its business enterprises in the Brazos Valley region. James Hugh Astin, pioneer planter, first came to Texas in 1854, and after a brief stint as a gold miner in California, but he returned in 1861, serving in the Confederate Army’s famed Hood’s Brigade. Ultimately, Astin married, settling in Bryan in 1865. Gradually, through hard work and and native business sense, he accumulated extensive holdings in the Brazos Bottoms, becoming one of the most successful cotton farmers in the region. His descendants constructed Rivermist, an extensive cotton plantation near Bryan, and went on to become one of the most prominent families in Brazos County.

For more information, visit the LEGACY exhibit page.