The Robstown Area Historical Museum briefly opened its doors to the public Saturday to show the homecoming crowd what the inside of the museum will look like.

The Robstown Historical Commission began renovations Jan. 8, 2000 on the museum located at 201 E. Main Ave. Drive by today and a sign reads: "Future sight of the Robstown Area Historical Museum."

"Through the years, local community history has been lost by the untimely deaths of longtime area pioneers who did not have a repository to receive and celebrate their memories," said The Rev. Ines S. Ramon Jr., president of the RAHC. "There has not been a public place to safely preserve and display these items of historical significance."

The site of the museum, formally know as the M.G. Bosquez Grocery Store Building, was donated by Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Ninfa Bosquez.

"My father started a grocery store soon after the Blazer's Store stopped selling groceries," Roberto Bosquez said. "You see he worked up front and looked after the grocery store part."

The museum itself is divided into three sections. Section one is the part that will be finished by the end of this year. Section two and three renovations are hoped to be started on soon, but the RAHC needs $125,000 to start first.

"We are hoping for a big open space with a concrete floor and steel frame," Ramon said. "We have several farmers with equipment and things we can pull into the museum. Currently though, we will have things such as an old coffee grinder that the kids will be allowed to touch and use to see how things were used."

Many Robstown High School graduates that were in town for homecoming weekend and graduation reunions were at the museum Saturday, including Ron and Lenita Smith from Louisiana. Both are graduates from the 1950s.

"I love coming back. It brings back a lot of memories," Lenita Smith said. "It reminds us of how good things were, even if we didn't realize how things were at the time. Home is always where you came from."

Martha Lee Blazer was also in town for her 50th class reunion.

"The Blazer Store was open from 1912 to 1971," she said. "It was a department, clothing, and grocery store, then we stopped selling groceries as Joe Bosquez opened his store."

Rosario Perez is the contractor that has restored the building up to date and will finish the flooring and installing the air-conditioning.

"We dare not forget the past, appreciate and value it, and know that without the Robstown of yesterday, many of us never would have arrived at today," Ramon said.