The Friends of the History Center for Aransas County announce the opening of the exhibit “Key Allegro: A Vision for Growth” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 (801 E. Cedar St.).

From a Karankawa Indian settlement to the resort community it is today, Key Allegro’s history is colorful and storied. The exhibit will portray the early history of the coast to the present day, capturing all aspects of the growth of Key Allegro and how it impacts Aransas County and the surrounding areas. Artifacts, maps, photographs, and videos will further illustrate the long-term vision.

Keynote speaker for the opening will be Carla Krueger Rinche, daughter of Carl Kreuger, Jr. who purchased Key Allegro in 1961. Carla and her friends will share stories of her father’s vision and often unique marketing events to increase public interest in developing the property.

Light refreshments will be served and admission is free.

The exhibit will run through Nov. 17.

Programs will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. through the exhibit’s run.

The following topics will be presented:

Aug. 25 - Island Development I - Carla Krueger Rinche and Vickie Merchant

Sept. 8 - Lifestyle on the Island - Kay Stanley and Nancy Melcher

Sept. 22 – TBA

Oct. 6 - Island Art – Jim Booth

Oct. 20 - Impact on Aransas County - Diane and Mike Probst

Nov. 3 - Island Development II - Gordon Stanley

Nov. 17 - Shell Collections – Brigid Berger

The History Center for Aransas County at 801 E. Cedar Street is open Mondays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

One is invited to join the Friends or become a docent on a volunteer basis.

For more information, visit www.thehistorycenterforaransascounty.org or call 361 727-9214.

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