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On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 110th monthly Partner Event in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, and we invite you to join us.
If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, December 12.  Lunch will be $12 per person. CASH ONLY, please.
If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
We’ll begin our day with a welcome and refreshments at the La Retama Central Library located at 805 Comanche in uptown (on the bluff) Corpus Christi overlooking downtown and Shoreline Boulevard.  The Local-History-Genealogy department of La Retama houses four distinct research collections:  Texas and Local History, Genealogy (national and international) and the Hispanic Genealogy collection which is considered one of the most extensive in the state of Texas.  Also housed in this department are historical archive collections related to the history of Corpus Christi and surrounding communities.
From there, staying in uptown, we’ll head to Centennial House located at 411 N. Upper Broadway and Corpus Christi Cathedral located at 509 N. Upper Broadway (situated next door to each other) for concurrent tours.
You will have a choice of touring one of these historical venues.  Guided tours of each will be conducted concurrently. Please make your choice before you arrive.
Corpus Christi Cathedral
In the early years of Corpus Christi, priests would come down from as far away as Laredo and Victoria to minister to the pastoral needs of the Catholics in the Corpus Christi area.  Because there was no church, Mass was celebrated in private homes.
The first small adobe church was built in 1855 and, because of the large number of Irish immigrants in the parish, it was called St. Patrick.  Hurricanes and a fire eventually made it necessary to build a larger church and, in 1940, this larger church was renamed Corpus Christi Cathedral.
Centennial House
Built in 1849 by Forbes and Rebecca Britton on land acquired from Col. Henry Kinney, the founder of Corpus Christi, Centennial House is the oldest building in Corpus Christi still on its original site.  This site, high on the bluff overlooking Corpus Christi Bay would have afforded the residents a commanding view of the city’s most important commercial pier, Mann’s Wharf (near the site of the present-day Cooper’s Alley L-Head on the Corpus Christi Bayfront).
From Centennial House and Corpus Christi Cathedral, we’ll head downtown to First United Methodist Church, located at 900 S. Shoreline Blvd) to spend the rest of our day.  The church is located across Shoreline Blvd. from the Emerald Beach Hotel.
First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi (CCFUMC) was established in 1846 which makes it the oldest church body in the city.  The first building built for the church to meet in was finished in 1853.
We will enjoy lunch prepared by the church staff and then have our programs and business meeting there as well.  CCFUMC Senior Pastor Rev. Greg Hackett will join us to tell us more about the history of the church.
First United Methodist Church – 900 S. Shoreline Blvd
Green salad
Chicken Fried Steak w/cream gravy
Mashed potatoes
Green Beans
Dessert and drink
Cost per person will be $12 including tax and gratuity.  CASH ONLY, please.
Afternoon plans
We will enjoy two educational programs after lunch:
Rev. Greg Hackett of CCFUMC will tell us about the history of the church followed by Paulette Kluge, CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention/Visitor Bureau to tell us about the CVB’s Role in Regional Tourism.
Special thanks to Kathy Wemer and her husband Mark for all their help in planning this day.  It could not have been done without them!
Our hosts for this day in Corpus Christi are La Retama Central Library, Centennial House, the Corpus Christi Area Heritage Society, Corpus Christi Cathedral and Corpus Christi First United Methodist Church.
9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – La Retama Central Library – 805 Comanche Street –1st floor La Retama Room
10:00 – 10:45 amTour and presentations at La Retama Library
10:45 – 11:00 am Travel to Centennial House (411 N. Upper Broadway) and Corpus Christi Cathedral (509 N. Upper Broadway)
11:00- 11:45 amConcurrent guided tours of Centennial House or Corpus Christi Cathedral
11:45 am – 12 noonTravel to First United Methodist Church – 900 S. Shoreline Blvd
12 noon – 1:00 pmIntroductions and Lunch – First United Methodist Church
12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates
1:00 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – History of First United Methodist Church – Rev. Greg Hackett, Senior Pastor of FUMC
1:30 – 2:00 pm Educational Program – Corpus Christi Convention/Visitor Bureau’s Role in Regional Tourism – Paulette Kluge, CEO, Corpus Christi CVB
2:00 – 4:00 pm – business meeting – First United Methodist Church
If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, December 12.
There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $12 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.
You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends, colleagues and community leaders but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
Upon receipt of your RSVP, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to the sites we will visit in Corpus Christi.
Thank you.
Nancy Deviney
Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region

Nancy Deviney

Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
home/office – 361 547-8033
cell – 361 701-0555
fax – 361 394-5672