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Meet the Team

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Nicole DeGuzman

​Nicole comes to us from West Texas, where she was the Executive Director of the Scurry County Museum. Before that, she served as the Executive Director of a historic farmstead in the twin cities of Minnesota, the Maplewood Area Historical Society and Bruentrup Heritage Farm. She has thoroughly enjoyed the winters in Texas and has become a Texas convert! She has over 25 years of experience in museums and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of managing a cultural destination. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling with family and friends.

Library and Preservation Manager

Carol Kysar

Carol left Kansas for Texas 60 years ago. She and her husband, Lynn, made their way via Dallas and Houston to Bastrop in 2006 and have never regretted it. The town of Bastrop and their couple of acres outside of town have satisfied their every dream. After 50 years in for-profit businesses, Carol has often said she saved her most satisfying job for the last and that she has the best job in the county. Her career of handling myriads of details for demanding employers taught her what she needed to know in order to be responsible for the 16,000+ artifacts, archival documents, photos and the reference library in the museum’s collection. She particularly enjoys working with the volunteers in her area.


Traci Frary

Traci Frary joined Carol Kysar as an archivist or some would say anarchist (you'll have to ask Carol about this.)  Traci is from Nebraska and took the scenic route to Bastrop via Kansas, Iowa, New Jersey, Korea, Venezuela, Louisiana, Indonesia and California.  She has worked for the states of Texas and Louisiana, for a Dept. of Defense/NASA-funded research/database project, GE Medical, the VA Medical Center in Houston, the UT-Austin Library, and Del Taco.  Most recently she did a little jail time (photo op only) as a volunteer at the Rosenberg, TX Police Department. She and her husband reside in Bastrop with a yard full of leaf cutter ants, moles and deer.
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Visitor Center Associate

Martha Huett

Born and raised in Texas, Martha found her way back home after living in California, Minnesota and central Mexico where she worked in education and business. Traveling, animal care and pet rescue are passions for Martha. She hopes to continue to add to the list of 26 different countries she has already visited. Living rural between Bastrop and Smithville allows Martha's rescued dogs, cats and pet python to enjoy life under her love and care. Martha feels like she and Bastrop are so perfectly matched that she can't help but thrive here.
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Visitor Center Manager

Gloria Perkins

Relocating to Bastrop in 2011 from New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Brazilian niece, Gloria started volunteering when the Visitor Center moved into its new facilities on Main Street. With a professional background in non-profit administration in metro-New York and a love of history, it was a natural fit for her. She brings a wide range of experience from leadership position opportunities serving The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, The Valerie Fund, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation (The Charles A. Lindbergh Fund), and the State of Florida Department of Health. Gloria is a proud alumnae of Florida State University and Duke University. She is a member of the B.E.S.T Leadership Program and a Certified Tourism Executive (CTE) candidate through the Texas Travel Alliance. Gloria is also a longtime organic gardener.

Office Manager

Barbara Vana

Born in Hallettsville, Texas, Barbara received a B.A. in History from Lamar University and taught Texas History for 31 years in the Spring Branch Independent School District.  Barbara and her husband, Alex, retired to Bastrop in 2001.  She has been with the Museum for 19 years, responsible for museum operations including accounting functions, museum and bus tours, general correspondence, press releases, quarterly meetings, and preparing the membership newsletter.
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Visitor Center Associate

Candiss Lawrence

Candiss Lawrence began as an associate in the Visitor Center and Museum in October, 2020.  Candiss is a lifelong resident of Texas.  She has resided in Bastrop for five years.  Prior to her move here, she lived in Austin for thirty-five years where she worked in healthcare as a surgical assistant, specializing in Ophthalmology and raised her two children.  Her children and two grandchildren live in Austin. Candiss loves animals of all kinds.  She is a pet sitter in her spare time in addition to caring for and loving her own two dogs and newly acquired kitten.  She also enjoys landscaping and growing microgreens, hiking and camping.
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Director of Events

Nancy Wood

Nancy comes to us with a wealth of special event planning experience. Nancy Wood was the recipient of the Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development from the Texas Historic Commission in 2023. 

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