Exhibition-Profile of a Houston Oil Family: Photographs from the Staiti/Reisner Family

March 16–July 2, 2016
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Free admission

Many well-known companies, such as Humble Oil, developed as a result of the early twentieth century oil boom, but many more independent men were also successfully bringing in gushers throughout Texas. One of those men was Henry Staiti. The Staiti family regularly took car trips together dressed in the fashions of the day to look at and photograph their oil fields. This extraordinary collection captures the lifestyle of a prosperous young Houston oil family making the most of this nascent industry. The types of photographs include sweeping panoramic shots and several black and white photos that have been hand colored. Beautiful photos of their extensive gardens and interior views of their home illustrate the lifestyle afforded to the Staitis as a result of Henry’s success in the burgeoning oil industry.

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Lecture-Lunch with La Salle:
The Excavation, Conservation and Interpretation of La Belle

Thursday, June 16, 2016
12:00–1 p.m.
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Grounded in Matagorda Bay in 1686, the loss of the small frigate La Belle was the breaking point in the French explorer La Salle’s tragic expedition to found a colony in the Gulf of Mexico. Within three years La Salle was dead, the colony a ghost town, and the few survivors scattered. Excavated by the Texas Historical Commission in 1996-1997, the remains of the ship present an unparalleled view of the material culture of a French colonial enterprise and life on the frontier of European knowledge. Brad Jones, archeologist with the Texas Historical Commission will discuss the incredible efforts that went in to excavating, conserving, and interpreting this archeological treasure, while paying special attention to what the archaeology tells us about the foodways aboard the ship and in the colony. 

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Lecture-Iron of the 1800s: Saving Galveston's Architectural Heritage

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7:00–8:00 p.m.
The Heritage Society Tea Room

Free for members, $5 for non-members

Sculptor Doug McLean has decades of experience producing and preserving metal elements for historic structures, including the tall ship Elissa, Moody Mansion, and several other historic buildings in Galveston. Formerly a sculpture instructor at the MFA's Glassell School, Mr. McLean has previously lectured at Columbia University and authored articles for the Association of Preservation Technology, and Traditional Building Magazine, on preservation techniques for cast and wrought iron. For this Building Arts Lecture, he will speak about his work, techniques, and challenges presented with the conservation of historic metals.

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