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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Foss Collection on Display at Fulton Mansion

By Lara Garner, Fulton Mansion Educator

Summer is always an exciting time at the Fulton Mansion. We look forward to meeting those who are in town on their vacations, or who have just decided to pop in to the mansion to escape the heat on a balmy South Texas afternoon.

In addition to our regular house tour, summer visitors may also enjoy our newly opened 2012 summer exhibit, “Fanciful Fultons: Fascinating Objects from the Foss Collection.” This exhibit showcases newly donated items from the Foss family, descendants of the original Fulton family. The items featured in the exhibit are distinctive not only because they have never before been put on display for the public, but because they highlight an extremely endearing and personal side to the Fulton family, particularly of George Fulton’s son, George William, his wife Lee, and their three daughters.

This special collection of items ranges from family jewelry to medals won at state cattle expositions. The items display the rich familial connection between George Fulton and his children, while also showcasing the distinctive personality traits of Fulton family members through letters, diary entries, and objects of sentimentality such as an autograph album, calling card case, and souvenirs.

Of all the items featured, one of the staff favorites is a letter from May Fulton to her grandma, Harriet Fulton, which exemplifies May’s fiery personality and distaste for the Victorian female pastime of sewing. Her letter reads, “Oh! Grandma we have so much sewing to do, it make me ‘most sick to think about it… I suppose that explosion you heard was me letting off steam...”

We are very grateful to the Foss family for donating these objects and giving us this unique opportunity to provide the public with a glimpse into the personal lives of the Fultons. Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The site is part of the Texas Tropical Trail Region.

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