Last year, Angelica Tijerina Taylor presented a $10,000 donation to the Robstown Area Historical Museum to continue its mission.

“It’s my town, this is where I grew up and I want to give something back,” said Taylor, a Robstown native and former teacher.

Taylor is a Robstown High School class of 1963 graduate. Her donation is the largest single donation.

The donation was used to expand the museum.

Since opening its doors, the museum has been crowded with historical artifacts and documents from area residents.

The limited exhibit space was quickly filled with memorabilia and museum board members and volunteers are in the process of remodeling a second section.

“Angelica’s donation was extremely timely and greatly welcomed,” museum president Jo Ann Pattillo said. “Her donation complements other donations recently to complete the latest renovations that have been under construction for about a year.”

She received her Bachelors of Art degree in history and government in 1967 from Texas A&I University and received her master’s in education in 1976. Taylor taught school in California and Washington including Robstown’s Effie Hutto (now San Pedro) and Lotspeich elementary schools.

Taylor is the daughter of the late Fidencio and Concepcion Tijerina of Robstown.

The museum is located on Main Street and opened in April 2011.

Hours are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and first Saturday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

“Taylor’s donation is a tribute to this military family that has given so much service to their country, to the education of our next generation of leaders and now to the preservation of valuable historical and educational information about the Robstown area,” Pattillo said.