Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Heritage Museum Receives Green Light for Permanent Space in Imperial Sugar Land
Sugar Land, TX News (September 18, 2014) – The Sugar Land Heritage Museum, with its treasure trove of rare photographs, art and mementos capturing the storied history of Sugar Land, now has a permanent home.
Sugar Land City Council has approved the museum’s new location in Imperial Sugar Land where it will occupy 12,600 square feet of space on the second floor of a historic container warehouse once used by the Imperial Sugar Company. The space is located near the Imperial Sugar Char House on Highway 90 at Kempner Street.
“The museum will present how Sugar Land grew from a small company town into one of the best places in America to live and work,” says Dennis Parmer, executive director of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation. “It will be a must-see for any one living in or visiting Sugar Land.”
Plans call for the museum’s permanent exhibit space to present the history of Sugar Land through five distinct periods: Pre-1821 when the area was sometimes populated by the Karankawa Indians; the period 1821-1836 when the area’s first settlements were formed; the Plantation Era covering Sugar Land during the Civil War; the Company Town Era examining the growth of the Imperial Sugar Company; and the Modern Era presenting the visionaries who had the foresight to make Sugar Land the community it is today.
The museum’s temporary exhibit space in Imperial will continue to be open for visitors on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. during the Imperial Farmers Market. Parmer says the museum’s permanent home should be open by early 2017 where it will occupy space above the future Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.
In the meantime, he says the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation is working on plans to launch a capital campaign to fund the build out of the museum’s permanent space. The museum also is looking for photographs, documents, letters, art and other items to add to its collection. Those interested in contributing to the museum or donating items for its exhibits can go to www.slheritage.org or call 281-494-0261.
The addition of the Sugar Land Heritage Museum is seen as an important step in the growth of Imperial, according to Shay Shafie, general manager of the master-planned community by The Johnson Development Corp.
“Our goal all along has been to create a new community that preserves the rich heritage and tradition of Sugar Land,” says Shafie.
Imperial also is home to Constellation Field, a weekly Farmers Market the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, opening in 2016, new townhomes and luxury patio homes, all designed to create a premier Sugar Land destination to live, work, shop, and play.