Stories of Houston
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.
Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective
May 9–June 24, 2017
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tues.–Sat.
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
The first decade of the 21st century has seen significant hurricane activity along the Gulf Coast. In 2010, five years after Hurricane Rita, the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur initiated the Hurricane Retrospective Project, an effort to document the recent history of hurricanes in the southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana Gulf Coast region.
The Museum of the Gulf Coast called for photographs and personal stories from those along the Gulf Coast who lived through Hurricanes Rita and Ike. The response was tremendous with hundreds of submissions from private citizens, amateur and professional photographers, and businesses from the private and public sector. The collected images were added to the museum’s permanent archives in order to preserve the history of these events.
This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Heritage Society is also funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Accompanying lectures will take place in The Heritage Society Tea Room at 1100 Bagby.
Tuesday, May 9
(Hurricane Ike...Where We Stand)
Wednesday, May 24
(Hurricanes, Homes, and History in Galveston)
Finger Lecture Series
Fourth Ward Cottage: A building too significant not to have been saved
by Randy Pace
Thursday, July 20, 2017
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Randy Pace, author, historian and genealogist will make a presentation about the history and occupants of the Fourth Ward Cottage. The story of the cottage coming to The Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park began way back in the 1970s, and Pace considers researching its history and spearheading the coaltion which ultimately led to its preservation as his most important, personal achievement. Small buildings, such as the Fourth Ward Cottage, have just as much significance and importance associated with their architecture and occupants as larger, more imposing ones. And while the captains of industry and commerce, who built the grand, impressive edifaces of Houston achieved much, their successes were so dependent upon the contribution and sacrifices of thousands of working-class men and women. These unsung heroes built and occupied modest, but important dwellings, such as the Fourth Ward Cottage.
Specialty Tours at
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Meet in the Museum Gallery
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.