Welcome to The Heritage Society where our collections of historic buildings and artifacts tell the fascinating stories of the people, opportunities, and events that came together to build the nation's fourth largest city - Houston, Texas.
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!
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Maps of Texas
Wed, October 26, 2017–Sat, January 7, 2017
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Maps tell us many interesting stories about the past. They depict locations, regions and human interactions. Tracing Texas’s history through an examination of its borders tells us as much about the diversity of people settling here as it does the geography. Historic maps often highlight subjects such as politics, land use, and patterns of settlement that change throughout the region’s history. THS will exhibit a selection of maps from our collection, such as the 1869 W. E. Wood Map of Houston, along with maps of Texas on loan from private collectors and institutions.
See Interesting Places (SIP)
1911 National Register of
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Beaconsfield was the first high-rise apartment built in Houston. Once home to a young Howard Hughes as well as many other 20th century Houstonians, the building still maintains it’s wonderful historic character. This SIP (Seeing Interesting Places) is the last of the Fall Series, and guests will be able to visit 5 or 6 of the building’s units and visit with homeowners, many of whom have family ties to the building.
Sip cocktails, enjoy fabulous hors d’ oeuvres, get an inside tour of one of Houston’s most interesting places and support The Heritage Society at the same time! Advance reservations are required; specific address and parking information will be shared after tickets are purchased.
Finger Lecture Series
Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State
by James Harkins
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members
The shape of Texas is one we can all recognize. Whether one sees a blank outline on a t-shirt or an advertisement, or a postcard. The shape of our state makes a statement. The shape is quintessentially, well, Texas. But our state did not always look this way. This presentation briefly explains how Texas got it’s iconic shape, which is recognizable across the world.