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Riggs, Carol

Riggs, Carol

Riggs, Carol

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

277a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, former (and the first) Director of the Texas Forestry Museum Carol Riggs reflects on her career.  A biology major interested in palynology, she eventually made her way to the Texas Forest Service and then to the Texas Forestry Museum when they hired their first director.  She reflects on the early days of the museum, the changes to the museum structure and programs, the influence of technology on the museum field as a whole and on the Texas Forestry Museum, and the volunteers and staff members who worked at the museum over the years.  She comments on funding and fundraisers, including the gala and the sawmill suppers, working for grants from local foundations, and the evolution of the museum’s exhibits and purpose.