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BASTROP PROFILES: Georgina Ngozi

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Bastrop County’s Museum and Visitors Center welcomed a new executive director earlier this year. “I visited Austin to celebrate my granddaughters’ birthdays last March”, Georgina Ngozi relates. “I decided I wanted to stay in Texas, rather than return to New York.” About this time the Bastrop County Historical Society was searching for a professional director to lead the Museum and Ms. Ngozi’s qualifications made her a great match for growing the Historical Society’s museum and visitor’s center.

“My first visit to the Museum was such a surprise. I loved it from the beginning,” Ngozi says. She has already set some high goals for the Museum’s future. “We want to be a facilitator, a collaborator, bringing the community together. We want to be the place where stories of Bastrop are told.”

Ms. Ngozi also wants to increase the number of people who come to enjoy the history already displayed in the current exhibits. “We can become an informal classroom for our school children, as well as share the area’s history through the presentation of artifacts in their classrooms.”

The Historical Society is just finishing a capital fundraising campaign targeted to completing six additional permanent exhibits. “We are almost there,” says Ngozi.

Each of the permanent exhibits depict important elements of Bastrop County’s history, culture, or economy. “There is still opportunity to contribute to the completion of these exhibits’” says Ngozi. “Everyone can be a part of this story.” These exhibits include stories about Governor Sayers, the King Cotton era, the cattle industry’s influence, the County’s coal mines, and the impact of World War II and Camp Swift.

“Our next major event will be the 2015 Holiday Homes Tour. We’re visiting five local historic residences, and First Methodist Church, which recently celebrated its 180th Anniversary.” The tour is part of the Lost Pines Christmas festivities on December 12. Tickets and details are available at www.bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com.

“Our museum is a wonderful community treasure, and it will continue to develop,” says Ngozi, “but it could not exist without our volunteers. I’d like to emphasize that they are the real value in our organization.”

Ngozi is a graduate of SUNY-Binghamton, and arrives with a wealth of experience growing museums and developing children’s programs. A former board member for the Association of Children’s Museums, Ms. Ngozi also has reviewed grant applications for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other organizations. She is a founding member of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem, New York.

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