Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective

doug white, bridge city home and its contents, 2008.

doug white, bridge city home and its contents, 2008.

May 9–June 24, 2017
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tues.–Sat.
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Free admission

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)

Current Exhibit


Finger Lecture Series
Trammel's Trace: The First road to Texas from the North
by Gary Pinkerton

near Avinger

near Avinger

Thursday, June 15, 2017
12:00–1:00 p.m.
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Trammel’s Trace was the earliest route for immigration to Texas years well before the Texas Revolution. For families with ancestors who migrated to Texas from Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas it is likely that this was their route. The trail is named for Nicholas Trammell, a horse smuggler, tavern and gambling house operator, and an owner of horses for racing. 

Gary’s passion for learning about Trammel’s Trace has resulted in a book published by Texas A&M University Press titled Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North. His book fills a broad gap for researchers and genealogists and focuses on early borderlands history in east Texas. In addition to his historical research, Gary and other “rut nuts” continue to work on locating and mapping its remaining pathways. 


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Specialty Tours at
Old Place


chamberlain bottle

chamberlain bottle

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. 

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