Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Bill Poplin!

Bill has been volunteering at The Bryan for the past year as a Gallery Specialist, Museum Greeter, and assisting in special projects. He recently moved to Galveston and has had a lifelong interest in art and history. Bill is always a pleasure to have at the museum – greeting guests with a smile (though currently hidden behind a mask), telling a funny joke, and sharing his knowledge and love of the arts with guests and staff. We are especially lucky to have him back volunteering since reopening. Please join us in thanking Bill for his time and dedication to The Bryan, and next time you are at the Museum say hello!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am originally from East Texas and have lived in Galveston for a year. My interests have always gravitated toward the arts and giving back. When I was presented with the opportunity of being involved with The Bryan Museum, it was a natural fit.

What is your favorite part of being a Bryan Museum volunteer?

Meeting people. In each conversation with the staff or guests, I have learned something. And that is part of what it’s all about. The arts and history are important, so if I can help promote knowledge and interest in Texas history and art, that makes it all worthwhile.

What is your favorite artifact at the Museum?

The large carved mesquite wood cross. It is from Mexico and was created during the Spanish Colonial era. (17th century) it appears crude today, but it says so much.