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.
Wine Wednesdays are back at The Heritage Society!
Starting April 5th, relax and take a break from the traffic on our shady patio with food and drink from Phoenicia. Mix and mingle, visit our Museum Gallery and get a taste of Houston history, 5– 8 p.m., every Wednesday.
Bayou City Blitz:
The History of Houston
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)
See Interesting Places (SIP)
Trinity Episcopal Church along with the Frank Conrad Bering
Thursday, May 18, 2017
$45 THS member/$50 non-member
Trinity Episcopal Church was founded in 1893 as a mission. After a quarter of a century of existence in wooden buildings, Trinity parish built its present imposing structure (1917 - 1921) in Houston's South End, at the corner of Main Street and Holman Avenue. That structure, designed by some of the leading architects of their time and paid for through the hard work of the congregation, became an architectural landmark.
Finger Lecture-The Happy Hollow: Emercency Salvage Archeology Project in Houston's Red Light District
by Linda Gorski
Thursday, May 18, 2017
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.