Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city's history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century. See furnishings that reflect the lifestyles and cultural influences of Houston's earliest residents. Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities for learning about the growth and development of the city. Hear experts tell the stories of the people who came to Houston seeking new opportunities. Experience Houston's history through exhibitions about the city's diverse population. Celebrate Houston here!
On October 1, 2016, The Heritage Society (THS) and Houston Arts and Media (HAM), merged under The Heritage Society banner. Both organizations are dedicated to celebrating, sharing, and preserving the rich historical legacy of Houston and Texas. See the award-winning documentary work of Houston Arts and Media below. For more tasty Slices of Houston and Texas history, visit our YouTube channel.
January 18–April 29, 2017
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tues.–Sat.
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Houston is a city that thrives on football. A sold out NRG Stadium and a lengthy waiting list for Texans season tickets are only the latest manifestations of a gridiron fixation that dates back more than a century. From the NFL to colleges, high schools and pick-up games in the park, Houstonians love the pigskin like few other cities in America. Visitors to the exhibit will explore Houston’s football past through iconic photographs and video, vintage equipment, trophies, uniforms, programs and other memorabilia.
Accompanying the exhibit are panel discussions moderated by local sports media and featuring star players and chroniclers of the pigskin past. Panel discussions will begin at 7pm and take place in The Heritage Society Tea Room at 1100 Bagby. The Heritage Society Museum will stay open late on panel discussion nights.
Wednesday, January 25
(Houston Oilers Football History)
Wednesday, February 8
(UH Cougar Football History)
Wednesday, March 8
(Rice Owls Football History)
Wednesday, March 29
(Houston High School Football History)
Wednesday, April 12
(Houston Texans Football History)
See Interesting Places (SIP)
Glenbrook Valley Hacienda
Thursday, April 20, 2017
$45 THS member/$50 non-member
This Glenbrook Valley jewel was designed by Symond E. Doughtie Architect and Jack Porterfield Associates in 1954. The house was built for Elmer and Myrtle Richardson in 1955. The Richardson’s company, Drive-In Properties, built the house. The house has many midcentury modern features including clerestory windows, ceiling to floor glass, a sunken living room, exposed interior brick walls, modern patterned room dividers, suspended kitchen cabinets, and a unique kitchen wood called “Wedgewood”.
In 1960 the Richardson’s added a lounge, named “The Kit-Kat Club” by the neighbors, above the garage that features a martini bar, a boomerang shaped stage, and a movie screen that is projected upon by a projector hidden in a compartment behind a portrait across the room from the screen,. Furnished by Fingers Furniture in 1960, the room maintains its original furniture.
The 2017 SIP Series is chaired by R.W. McKinney and honorary chairmen Bill Baldwin and Jason Roth Fuller. SIP receptions include hors d’oeuvres, wine provided by Dionisio Winery and beer courtesy of Southern Star Brewing. Starting times for SIP receptions vary depending on location. Don't miss this chance to sip, taste and tour these historic Houston treasures.
Battle on the Bay: The Civil War struggle for Galveston
by Ed Cotham
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members
On the morning of January 1, 1863, a Confederate force recaptured Galveston from the Union in one of the most unusual land and sea battles of the entire Civil War. In this program, military historian Ed Cotham will cover the events of the battle and its importance in Texas history. He will also discuss the monuments, shipwrecks and museum exhibits that relate to the battle.
Ed Cotham is the author of four prize-winning books on the Civil War, including Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston, which was published by the University of Texas Press in 1998 and is now part of their "Texas Classic" series. Ed serves as Director and Chief Investment Officer for the Terry Foundation, the largest private provider of college scholarships in Texas.