Finger Lecture Series
Happy Hollow: Emergency Salvage Archeology Project

Happy Hollow

Happy Hollow

Thursday, September 21, 2017
12:00 –1:00 p.m., 
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

For three short days at the end of January 2016 Texas Historical Commission Archeological Stewards from Harris County and members of the Houston Archeological Society participated in an emergency salvage archeology shovel testing project at a unique site in downtown Houston, Texas. 

These historic buildings in the 500 block of Louisiana Avenue were built in 1907 and replaced earlier structures on the lots that were originally “female boarding houses” – aka brothels.  The shovel testing revealed early cisterns, brick and concrete piers that supported the pier and beam building, an historic gulley and a privy. Approximately 1100 artifacts were recovered including many complete bottles that originally contained female medications and tonics providing clues as to what was going on at the site in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and  lending credence to the site’s original name – “Happy Hollow”!  This presentation will present the history of an early red light district in Houston through artifacts recovered at the site.

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See Interesting Places (SIP)

 

See interesting places

See interesting places

Thursday, October 12, 2017
6:30–8:30 p.m.
1931 River Oaks Home with a Notorious Past
$50 non-member/$45 THS member

See Interesting Places (SIP) is your passport to Houston’s most interesting places and people. As you meet and mingle, you’ll also get the inside story behind some of Houston’s most fascinating, sophisticated and scandalous places. SIP receptions include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Starting times for SIP receptions vary depending on location. Join us this fall and break away from the everyday as we sip and socialize on a guided tour of Houston’s hidden treasures. 

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Specialty Tours at
Old Place
 

1823 Old Place

1823 Old Place

Fridays
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Meet in the Museum Gallery
$10

Every Friday a costumed docent will give you a tour about life in Austin's Colony. The tour focuses on the hardships of daily life in the early 1820s. A costumed interpreter explains and demonstrates important facets of textile production on the frontier - spinning, dyeing, and weaving in addition to the regular domestic activities of that era.  Other areas being addressed include building construction methods and tools, the empressario system of colonization in Texas, and land grants. 

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