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Jun 13, 2013 1:14 PM by Janine Reyes

McGregor Gallery Shows Corpus Christi Through the Decades

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A new exhibit in town will take you back in time, literally. Dozens of Doc McGregor's photographs are going up now at the Museum of Science and History.

Its part of a permanent display that shows decades of change in the Coastal Bend.

About 250,000 locally famous photos to show you Corpus Christi like most of us have never seen it are going on display in a permanent exhibit.

"This is one of the most popular photos that we have, it's actually Doc McGregor's wife and children, he took it of the car going across the bridge," said Executive Administrator Jordan Greer.

Doc Mcgregor fell in love with our city and his photographic documentation of its growth went on for decades.

From a busy downtown shot, to an old ferry, and plenty of shots of the ship channel.

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History owns the collection valued at more than $250,000.

By August, they hope to have two kiosks with several thousand photos in the database that you can purchase, print and take home, too.

When the exhibit is complete, there will also be a theater where you'll be able to learn more about the man behind the lens.

"We'll be adding a theater that will show a documentary of Doc McGregor's life," Greer said.

McGregor snapped photos beginning in 1929 and continued through the 70's. The permanent exhibit will change out photos periodically.

"People have come in just to see the Doc Mcgregor legacy before, they would have to schedule an appointment and flip through the thousands of negatives that we have, this way they can come in at their leisure and look at what we have on the walls and in the kiosks," Greer explained.

There's not a specific date set for the display to open, the staff says as soon as it's ready, the public can come out and see it.

There is a soft opening set for July and a gala will and speakeasy celebration is set for September.


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