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Checkered Past: The Story of Board Games
Opening Friday, June 24th

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History proudly announces the opening of its exhibit, Checkered Past: The Story of Board Games, on display from June 24 - October 29. This exclusive in-house exhibit highlights the intriguing history of board games, from the games of ancient Egyptians to the Eurogames of today.

On Friday, June 24 at 6:30 pm, the public is invited to a free opening event with a captivating presentation by Dr. Rebecca Ingram, Lead Archivist and Publications Coordinator for the Institute of Nautical Archeology, Texas A&M University. A reception featuring wine, appetizers, live music and gallery viewing will follow.

Explore the surprising spiritual or political roots of some 20th-century favorites, or try your hand at centuries-old classics like Checkers, Backgammon, or Chess. This colorful and interactive exhibit features items from Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Clockwork Games & Events in College Station, and many other individual lenders.


Come enjoy the opening of this entertaining family-friendly exhibit at BVMNH on Friday, June 24th, 6:30 pm!

An older painting of a mother playing chess with her son and daughter.

A Celebration!

6PM April 22nd, 2022

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History proudly announces a free celebration of Earth Day and the exciting new in-house created exhibit, FIRE & EARTH: The Story of Ceramics, on Friday, April 22, 6 pm. The evening will begin with a captivating presentation by Dr. Miladin Radovic, Professor, Department of Material Sciences & Engineering, Texas A&M University on the history of ceramics, followed by a farewell reception honoring Dr. Rebecca Ingram and Maddy Herron featuring ween, appetizers, live music, and gallery viewing. 

Dr. Miladin Radovic

Dr. Miladin Radovic, professor in the Department of Material Sciences & Engineering and Director of the Materials Characterization Facility at Texas A&M University, is a recipient of the prestigious Global Star Award by the Engineering Ceramic Division of the American Ceramic Society. His research focuses on the processing of advanced structural and multifunctional ceramics for extreme environments and their thermal and mechanical properties.

A headshot of Dr. Miladin Radovic, a professor at Texas A&M.

Dr. Rebecca Ingram

This past month, the Curator of Exhibits and Collections, Dr. Rebeccas Ingram, departed the Museum to serve as Lead Archivist and Publications Coordinator for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University.

In her seven years at the Museum, she researched and designed exhibits on a wide range of topics, including mollusk shells, horse-drawn vehicles, and the history of the home computer, to name just a few.

While she plans to stay involved with Museum events, Rebecca's new position marks a return to nautical archaeology, her previous research field, which focuses on the study of shipwrecks and human interaction with the sea. She also continues to edit for the American Journal of Archaeology and work with educational tours of the Mediterranean.

A headshot of Dr. Rebecca Ingram, the former Curator of Exhibits and Collections at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

Maddy Herron

Maddy Herron has worked for the Museum for over five and half years. Starting part-time as a pre-K educator in 2013, she continued as a summer camp counselor, fell in love with the profession and worked at the museum until she graduated from Texas A&M in 2015. Maddy returned to the Museum Fall of 2018 in the position of Education Associate. For the past three and half years, Maddy has supported the Museum in every aspect of education and outreach, from camps to birthday parties and events to administrative duties. She is taking a new position at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

A headshot of Maddy Herron, who is taking a new position in the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

Come join the Museum to celebrate Earth Day, enjoy a fascinating talk and exhibit, and thank Dr. Rebecca Ingram and Maddy Herron for their dedicated and excellent work over the years!

The FIRE & EARTH exhibit was made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station & the City of Bryan through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is open to visitors from Tuesday - Saturday, 10AM - 5PM. Admission fees: adults $5; seniors/students/children $4; children 3 and under are free. For more information about this exhibit and other displays, events, programs and activities, please contact the Museum at 979-776-2195, visit their website at or follow them at

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