Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Bobby Martin

Bobby joined our team of volunteers in October of 2016.  He brought with him an irresistible enthusiasm. Friendly and accommodating, Bobby shows a genuine interest in visitors whether serving behind a bar, leading trivia, volunteering at a special event, or in the museum galleries.  If you find yourself at the museum the same time as Bobby, be sure to thank him for his time and dedication!

We asked Bobby of few questions about himself and his time at the museum:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a native Texan and Houstonian, and am a recently retired geologist from ExxonMobil. As a child, I lived in Galveston from 1957-1961; my father was a manager of the Sears store on Broadway at the time.  I am now retired and living on the bay in Bayou Vista, where I spend my time fishing. One of the most rewarding things I do is my role as a fishing guide, taking Wounded Warriors fishing in the bay during the summer.  I also enjoy bell ringing for the Salvation Army.  My favorite events in the area include Octoberfest, where I work the craft beer booth, and participating in Dickens on the Strand.

What enticed you to become a volunteer at The Bryan Museum?

I have always had a passion for history and, in particular, Texas history, so I was naturally drawn to explore the museum.  After my first visit, I was hooked!  I just knew I had to be a part, in some capacity, of this wonderful collection of artifacts and this beautiful property.

What is your favorite thing about the museum?

My favorite part of being a volunteer is greeting the visitors to the museum.  I have a sincere passion for meeting new people and working to make them feel welcome. I love to greet visitors, explain the layout, answer simple questions, and, in general, help other co-workers.

What is your favorite thing to do when spending time at the museum?

I thoroughly enjoy walking through the various galleries while I am volunteering.  With so much to see, I always seem to find something I hadn’t noticed before and I learn more about Texas history and colonization each time I work.