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December 3, 2012

Star of the Republic Museum unveils new-look website

Redesigned site features online exhibits, teacher resources

The Star of the Republic Museum may love Texas history, but it certainly has no intentions of allowing its website to become outdated.

Star of the Republic recently unveiled its fully redesigned website at www.starmuseum.org. The new-look site has been reconfigured to offer better navigation, improved content and an updated look.

“We wanted to update the look and feel of the site and make it more relevant to the way people are used to looking for information today,” said Museum Curator of Education Anne McGaugh. “With the easier navigation and overall look, the site feels fresh and new.”

In addition to general visitor information, the site provides valuable teacher resources, online exhibits and a section specifically for descendants of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Starmuseum.org also provides all the latest news about museum events and features a searchable database with detailed information about the museum’s collection.

“We really tried to load the site with resources,” McGaugh said. “If you dive into the site, there are lesson plans for teachers and family trees of all the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. A lot of people don’t know about the history of the Republic of Texas and we really want to share that and be a go-to resource for information.”

Blinn College Graphic Designer Charlie Kelm and Web Coordinator Layla Barrett designed and instituted the new interface.

Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic from 1836-1846 and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. Operating hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

The museum is located off Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. For more information, visit www.starmuseum.org or call 936-878-2461, ext. 237.