About the Museum
The Whitehead Memorial Museum was established in 1962 and remains the only full time, public museum in Val Verde County, Texas. The mission of the Whitehead Memorial Museum is to preserve historical and tangible artifacts that reflect the early history, cultures, and economics of Del Rio and Val Verde County.
The Whitehead Memorial Museum came to life more than 50 years ago. In 1962, a noted local ranching family, the Whiteheads, purchased the old Perry Mercantile Building and donated it to the City of Del Rio and Val Verde County for a museum. Since that time, the museum has grown to include 21 exhibit sites and occupies more than two acres of land.
The purpose shall be to promote through the establishment and maintenance of a public museum and allied projects; a program which will bring about better understanding and appreciation of:
1. The history of Val Verde County, Texas
2. The Arts
3. Natural and social sciences associated with the history.
Della Whitehead and her daughter Rose Mary "Rosie" Whitehead Jones. Together they found a place to house Del Rio and Val Verde County's historical items. After many years of hard work, the Whitehead family then donated the building and land to the City of Del Rio and the County of Val Verde on the condition that it be kept as a museum. Della Whitehead once said,"The museum belongs to the entire community. We hope that museum will become the home of many priceless articles that served the early day settlers of our current progressive city and county." These two ladies had a vision and 50 years later, this vision still lives.
Board of Trustees
Michael Parker - President
Ralph Howard - Vice President
Gay Culbertson - Treasurer
Merry Dorring - Secretary
VACANT - City Representative
Marta Rodriguez - County Representative
Lou Emma Brown - Ex-Officio
Minni Lee Altizer - Ex-Officio
Michael Diaz - Director
Billy Diaz - Museum Operations Manager
Adrian Lira - Front Desk Associate
Address: Whitehead Memorial Museum
1308 S. Main Street
Del Rio, TX 78840