SAN DIEGO - The Duval County Historical Commission (DCHC) recently received a $75,000 donation from Wyatt Ranches, on behalf of The Wyatt Foundation, announced Graciela T. Gonzales, DCHC Chairperson.

Funds will be used for structural repairs and upgrades to the Duval County Historical Museum; for updating displays and exhibits at the museum; and for presenting DCHC sponsored programs and events.

“The DCHC extends its gratitude to The Wyatt Foundation and to Wyatt Ranches for this generous contribution. We are charged with preserving, protecting, and promoting Duval County’s rich history, not only for local county residents, but for out-of-town visitors as well,” Chairperson Gonzales said. “The DCHC’s vision is to make our little museum a world-class place that attracts heritage tourism. These funds will greatly enhance our chances of achieving our goals.”

The DCHC consists of 20 members appointed by the Duval County Commissioners Court including officers Graciela T. Gonzales, Chairman, Juanita R.. Barrera, Vice-Chairman, Veronica Nava, Secretary, and Elma Saenz, Treasurer. The museum director is Shelly Gaitan-Ochoa.

The Wyatt Foundation’s Directors are Ana Lisa Garza, Billy Wells, Don Nelson, Steven Wyatt, and Bradford Wyatt. The Foundation’s Board is proud to assist the numerous South and West Texas governmental entities and non-profit organizations situated in Duval, Jeff Davis, Jim Wells, Hidalgo, Nueces, and Starr Counties. These charitable organizations and local governments often find themselves with budget shortfalls; and, The Wyatt Foundation and Wyatt Ranches both take pride in their efforts to grant needed assistance.