Museum renovations are finished! Annie Riggs thanks donors with gala

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The Annie Riggs Memorial Museum has officially wrapped up its monumental Exhibits Renovation Project. The project's objective to renovate the permanent exhibits of the Annie Riggs was successfully achieved.

While adding in new design concepts and interpretive displays, the renovated exhibits managed to maintain the old hotel's historic charm.

From grant applications to physical transformations, the endeavor has taken a number of years to reach completion, and is finally open for the public to enjoy.

In celebration of the project coming to a close, the Fort Stockton Historical Society (FSHS) and Annie Riggs staff hosted a special invitation-only gala Thursday, June 22 for the donors and supporters who contributed to the Exhibits Renovation Project.

The private gala provided finger foods, desserts, cold sweet tea, and chilled Mesa Vineyard wines for attendees to enjoy.

General Manager of the Ste. Genevieve Winery, Michel Duforat, and Operations Manager of the Grey Mule Saloon, Sue Wissmiller, stayed particularly busy at the wine bar keeping guests cool from the hot weather.

Local filmmaker Michael “Aku” Rodriguez showcased his special “Before and After” film during the gala, and attendees were treated to an exclusive first-look at all of the revamped exhibits.

To set the mood of the gathering, a pair of violinists played songs in the parlor room while a guitarist strummed an acoustic guitar, as well as an instrument called a “charanga,” outside on the patio.

There will be more celebrating to come at the museum, as an extravagant Grand Re-opening and Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for the public in July.

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