Witte Museum Honors Texans At Luncheon
By Jake Gaines Photography by Greg Harrison
The Witte Museum’s 7th Annual Texas Trailblazers Luncheon recently brought together 340 of the region’s most prominent museum patrons and rock art enthusiasts to learn more about the people who lived in what is now Texas thousands of years ago and the importance this remarkable region holds in the context of the broader human story. This year’s luncheon honored past, current and future trailblazers in the study of the Lower Pecos and celebrated Kittie West as this year’s Texas Trailblazer Honoree for her pioneering contributions to the Witte Museum, as well as her greater impact in this field and her philanthropy in San Antonio.
The event was co-chaired by Connie and Sandy McNab and Sarah and Sunny Fitzsimons. The keynote speaker, Dr. Michael O’Brien, Provost of Texas A&M-San Antonio, is known in the field of evolutionary archaeology. In addition to recognizing the contributions of Kittie West and her mother Kittie West Nelson Ferguson, the museum also recognized the Rock Art Foundation who recently handed the White Shaman Preserve over to the Witte Museum, and pioneers and philanthropists in the study of ancient Texans such as longtime Austinite Jane Sibley, Dr. Solveig Turpin, Dr. Harry Shafer, and Dr. Carolyn Boyd among others. The museum also appreciates the generosity of Kittie West, whose substantial gift helped fortify the organization’s goal of reaching over $100 million dollars in donations.
Funds raised provide visitors of all ages with the opportunity to become fascinated by the extraordinary lives of prehistoric hunter gatherers, among the many other inspiring areas at the Witte Museum. Special thanks go to the Mays Family Foundation, and the scholarship sponsor, Valero Energy Foundation, along with the attendees who made the event a success.