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1 Local Profile | Dr. Marsha Hendrix, Director of the Fulton Mansion—Historian, Gardener, Home Improvement Specialist!

Taylor and I graduated from Ouachita Baptist University
for our undergrads. He later graduated from Baylor with his Masters
in English and then several years later I graduated from
Baylor with my PhD

1. Where (and how) did you grow up? 

I was born on Galveston Island and raised on the “mainland” in the Texas City/LaMarque area. My parents still live in the house in which they raised me. There were 4 children in my family, three girls and one boy, and my dad chose not to pursue his medical doctorate degree in order to have time for his family. He worked for the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as did everyone in my family at some point, except for me because I was too busy working at a historic house, which brings me to the next question.

2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living now? 

Marsha in the 1st Grade

My parents love to travel, and they took us to museums and especially historic house museums all over the country. In addition, Galveston is very rich in history and as a teenager, my first job was tour guide for a historic house, Ashton Villa. I’ve since worked for museums in several states, studied museum science at the Masters and PhD level, and taught for the Museum Studies Department and the School of Education at Baylor University.
3. What brought you to Rockport-Fulton (and how does it differ from where you have lived previously)? 

A position at the Fulton Mansion brought my husband, Taylor, and me to Rockport. I chose the position because the mansion is a state funded institution and we were getting to the age where health insurance and retirement benefits were a priority (non-profit history museums tend to not be able to afford such benefits). I chose the area because it is an art community which fit Taylor’s interests. We have lived here over nine years. Even though it’s still the Texas coast of my youth, Rockport is much nicer than the oil refinery town of Texas City. This is the smallest town in which Taylor and I have lived and the first non-university town, but with our jobs and all the festivals here, Rockport is never boring.

4. What are your passions? 

Marsha & Taylor at the Opening of the
Fulton Mansion's New Education Center

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty passionate about the Fulton Mansion, history, preservation, and education. If they can get me to talk about other things, they’ll find that I spend all my spare time doing home improvement projects. When we moved here, we bought a fixer-upper on 7.5 acres. We’ve gutted and remodeled the kitchen, turned one bathroom into two, converted the garage to the living room, and created guest quarters in the building that also houses Taylor’s pottery studio. I have learned to work all the power tools and can build things using our own drawings, but I still leave the plumbing and electrical work to Taylor because I’ve learned not to get in the way of a perfectionist. I also enjoy gardening, and we have many fun pets. If I were independently wealthy, I would be a full-time volunteer because I enjoy working with organizations like the Education Foundation, the Aransas County Historical Society, the Art Center, and the Master Gardeners. Plus volunteers are fun people to spend time with, and we have a great wealth of them here.

Thank you for sharing your background with us, Marsha!

1 comment:


Excellent bio. Thanks for sharing! Enjoyed every word.

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