The Connie Hagar exhibit is now open at the HCAC.

The History Center for Aransas County (HCAC) will honor Connie Hagar with a display of many items that tell the story of this remarkable woman. One can view her childhood star chart, the route she took every day to record bird activity in Aransas County, and memorabilia donated by the Friends of Connie Hagar.

Landyn Barton and Becky Story assisted Collections Chair Maureen Winkelman with the installation.

The display is featured through October at the HCAC (801 E. Cedar St., Rockport).

A program called “Connie Hagar: Early Environmentalist”, presented by Friends of Connie Hagar President Mary Lessor, will complement the display at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. It will also be recorded and posted on the HCAC website.

The HCAC is open Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About Connie Hagar

Connie Hagar grew up in Corsicana in the late 1800s, studied music in St. Louis, and moved to Rockport in the 1930s to pursue her fascination with birds. She recorded the movement of birds at nine locations, twice a day. She was the first to report the migration of hummingbirds as well as other seasonal migrants. Her reports were questioned by the East Coast academics until they visited Hagar and she showed them the birds on the Texas coast.

Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary, an Aransas Pathways venue (S. Church at First St.) is the site of the Rockport Cottages where Connie and Jack Hagar lived for almost 40 years. The Sanctuary has signage that tells more of the story of the Hagars, and features a garden for birds (almost 200 species have been observed) and butterflies.

For more information about the exhibit and program, or to become a docent at the HCAC, go to www.hcfriends.net.

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