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)
Frontier Family Day
Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Explore Texas history at The Heritage Society’s Frontier Family Day on Sunday, February 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. This afternoon of learning and fun will feature musical entertainment by Celtaire String Band. Texas longhorns Liberty and Justice, from Texas Recollections Farm in Washington, Texas, will recreate farm life in pioneer times. Tour Old Place, the oldest remaining building in Harris County, which dates from the days of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Spanish Texas. Children’s author, Laurie Cockerell, will read from her popular book about Sam Houston, Magnificent Sam. There will be frontier craft activities for young children and cowboy grub refreshments for all in the Duncan General Store.
See Interesting Places (SIP)
Morales Funeral Home and
Houston's first Spanish-language radio station
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2901 Canal Street
$45 THS member/$50 non-member
The story of the 1931 Morales Funeral Home on Canal Street is one of hard work, persistence, opportunity and love. Founded by Felix H. Morales and his bride, Angela, it was the first Hispanic-owned funeral home in the city, with the first female funeral director in Harris County. Among their many other accomplishments, Felix and Angela went on to found Houston’s first Spanish-language radio station, KLVL-AM. Their rags-to-riches story and dedication to the welfare and dignity of the Hispanic community have long been a source of inspiration to Latinos in Houston.
See Interesting Places (SIP) is your passport to Houston’s most fascinating, famous and little-known places, where you can meet, mingle and learn the stories of Houston. The Morales Funeral Home, totally restored in 1992, is breathtaking with is vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and antique furniture. Their pioneering radio studio, located on the property, will also be part of the tour. Join us and celebrate women’s history through the stories of Angela Morales and her family, whose drive, determination, and dedication to service have earned them a place of honor in the hearts of their community.