Food & Family: A Houston Journey
Sep
28
to Jan 27

Food & Family: A Houston Journey

The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission is free

Houston has become known as a food mecca, but its roots/routes are drawn directly from its diverse communities. Food & Family will explore the supporting role each of these domains – food and family – play in enhancing the significance of the other. After all, family is the elemental unit of human social life and food is the essential component of not just its survival, but its capacity to thrive.

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Oct
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

By Bread Alone

Three bakers, three traditions, featuring numerous varieties of ornamental bread, talk commerce, culture and keeping the artistry alive in the family. Enjoy demonstrations of skill and virtuosity and fresh, doughy edibles, both savory and sweet.

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See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Oct
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series

$45 THS member/$50 non-members
1931 River Oaks Home with a Notorious Past

Join us on Thursday, October 12 at a legendary home located in the heart of River Oaks. This 1931 Colonial house designed by architect Preston Bolton was just another lovely home until its second owner added on a very musical addition in 1968. There was no shortage of money or intrigue at this house during the 1960s.

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Nov
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Port of Plenty

Houston has a ship channel through which many goods and goodies arrive. Spices. Candy. Cheeses. Wine! Family food businesses use the ship channel to import all kinds of yummy and exotic comestibles. Come prepared to nibble and sip the global bounty.

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See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Nov
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series

$45 THS member/$50 non-members
Explore this award winning office building in downtown Houston as you "sip" with The Heritage Society on Thursday, November 16. Designed in 1929 by renowned architect Joseph Finger, the Italian Renaissance Revival style building boasts a rooftop terrace and lovingly restored private getaway that you won't want to miss seeing. 

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Mar
7
to Apr 28

A View from the Trenches: The Oberwetter World War I Collection

The exhibit will consist of up to 100 photographs and letters telling the story of Austin Oberwetter’s service in WWI.  His family has a long history in Texas and he thoroughly documented his service as an engineer in the military where he stated that he was tasked with building things “only to be destroyed by the war.” The collection also includes his letters home.

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May
9
to Aug 4

Dumped and Forgotten Below the Milam Street Bridge

In the summer of 1968, a local archeologist organized an excavation of Buffalo Bayou near the Milam Street Bridge in the hopes of recovering long forgotten Civil War artifacts. After the war ended in 1865, munitions, once housed at the Kennedy building located at Travis and Congress, were dumped into the bayou. The disposal of the weaponry was part of a broader effort to deprive the approaching Union forces of the equipment and supplies of the Confederacy.  Barges loaded with rifles and cannon balls were driven up stream to the low water bridge at Milam Street and sunk.

This amazing, never-before exhibited archeology collection has received new life with modern conservation treatments and has been researched by experts in munitions. The result of this year-long project is to educate visitors about Houston’s role as a port city in the Civil War, to discover what happened to these artifacts once abandoned in the bayou, and to learn about the techniques used to conserve artifacts left underwater for decades.

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Finger Lecture Series
Sep
21
12:00pm12:00pm

Finger Lecture Series

Happy Hollow: Emergency Salvage Archeology Project in Houston's Historic Red Light District
by Linda Gorski

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.

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SOLD OUT-San Jacinto Premiere
Sep
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

SOLD OUT-San Jacinto Premiere

The Heritage Society Tea Room
1100 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002
Tickets $10 

The Heritage Society will hold the premiere screening for San Jacinto, the latest title in the award-winning Birth of Texas Series, on Saturday, September 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Tea Room. It is the seventh completed film in the eight part series. Previous titles have aired on select Texas PBS stations including Houston’s own Channel 8. The films have also aired on HISD TV and are in use in over 80 school districts across the state.

 Your ticket price helps fund the final title in the Birth of Texas Documentary Series. Attendees will see approximately an hour of the two hour and 45 minute documentary followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Other Texas historians featured in the film may also be in attendance. Reservations are required. For more information email mvance@heritagesociety.org. To purchase tickets, please use the link below.

Funding for San Jacinto was provided by the Texas Historical Foundation. Additional Birth of Texas Series funding was provided by the Brown Foundation, Strake Foundation, Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation and Humanities Texas, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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CANCELED - Old Recipes for a New Year: Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

CANCELED - Old Recipes for a New Year: Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

The Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Civic Engagement, The Heritage Society and the Houston History Alliance regret that this program is a canceled due to circumstances related to Hurricane Harvey.  

Mark your calendar for the upcoming exhibition  Food & Family, which runs from September 28, 2017 to January 27, 2018 in The Heritage Society Museum.  Join us for the opening reception on September 28 from 6:30-8pm. 

Food & Family is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Endowment and the City of Housron through the Houston Arts Alliance.

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Aug
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Finger Lecture Series

Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of Texas
by Andrew J. Torget

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Andrew J. Torget, historian and professor at the University of North Texas, will give a lecture based on his new book, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas BorderlandsSeeds of Empire tells the remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early nineteenth century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States, and how the rise and spectacular collapse of the Republic of Texas as a nation built on cotton and slavery proved to be a blueprint for the Confederacy of the 1860s.

Andrew J. Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America at the University of North Texas, where he directs a digital humanities lab. A veteran of pioneering work in digital scholarship, he has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Stanford, Rice, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and the Library of Congress. In 2011, he was named the inaugural David J. Weber Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. His most recent book, Seeds of Empire, won eleven book prizes and awards.

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Finger Lecture Series
Jul
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Finger Lecture Series

Fourth Ward Cottage: a building too significant not to have been saved
by Randy Pace

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 coalition 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 edifices 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.

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Jul
5
to Sep 9

The Great Migration

The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission if free

The exhibition will feature original projects by students that help to illustrate the story of The Great Migration (1917-1970) of more than six million African Americans out of the South to other regions of the United States. The migration is one of the most important, courageous, and consequential movements in our nation’s history. In search of true freedom, equality, and opportunity, those brave migrants – fleeing systemic racism, abuse, oppression, enforced poverty, and terror – transformed American culture, society, demographics, and politics in a multitude of ways, both tangible and intangible.  African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans also migrated to Houston from other regions, making our city the most diverse in the nation. 

This exhibit is Guest Curated by University of Houston Honors College Students with Professors Debbie Harwell & Irene Guenther. The Heritage Society is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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Finger Lecture Series
Jun
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Finger Lecture Series

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

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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Building Arts Lecture
May
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Building Arts Lecture

Hurricanes, Homes, and History in Galveston
by Hal Needham, Ph.D, Galveston Historical Foundation

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Galveston, a city rich in historic resources, has a long record of destructive hurricanes that have had enormous impact on its built environment. In response, the city has attempted major interventions to protect against future damage. One of the most visible interventions is the raising of Galveston’s grade level as much as 17 feet following the 1900 hurricane. As the Director of Galveston Historical Foundation’s Center for Coastal Heritage, Dr. Hal Needham is completing research on the grade raising and other impacts of storms on Galveston’s built environment. For this Building Arts Lecture, Dr. Needham will discuss what he has learned, including new discoveries and then-and-now images from the 1900 hurricane and grade raising.

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibit Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective, which will include souvenirs and other artifacts from Galveston at the time of the 1900 storm. The Museum Gallery will be open until 8:00 PM. Museum Gallery admission is free.

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May
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Wednesdays

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

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.

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Finger Lecture Series
May
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Finger Lecture Series

Archeology Sites Along Buffalo Bayou
by Louis Aulbach

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

This presentation will focus on a number of the remnants of historical structures and archeological remains along Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston. Each site provides an insight into the remarkable story of the Bayou City.

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May
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Wednesdays

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

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.

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May
10
5:30pm 5:30pm

Wine Wednesdays

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

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.

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May
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Exhibit Lecture

Hurricane Ike...Where We Stand
by Dr. Philip Bedient

Admission is free

We can’t stop hurricanes, but are there steps we can take to minimize their destruction? What are scientists and civic leaders doing to prepare for the next Hurricane Ike? What is the Ike Dike, and will it work? If you live in Houston, these are things you need to know.

To get the answers and preview The Heritage Society’s latest exhibition, Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective, join environmental engineer and hurricane authority Dr. Philip Bedient at The Heritage Society on Tuesday, May 9. 

Dr. Phil Bedient is Herman Brown Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. As the director of the Severe Storm Prediction Center (SSPEED) at Rice University (since 2007) Dr. Bedient leads a team of five universities and 15 investigators from Gulf Coast universities dedicated to improving storm prediction, education, and evacuation from disaster.

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Apr
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Wednesdays

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

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.

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See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Apr
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series

$45 THS member/$50 non-members
A Glenbrook Valley hacienda

This Glenbrook Valley jewel was designed by Symond E. Doughtie Architect and Jack Porterfield Associates in 1954. The house was built for Elmer and Myrtle Richardson in 1955.  The Richardson’s company, Drive-In Properties, built the house.  The house has many midcentury modern features including clerestory windows, ceiling to floor glass, a sunken living room, exposed interior brick walls, modern patterned room dividers, suspended kitchen cabinets, and a unique kitchen wood called “Wedgewood”.

In 1960 the Richardson’s added a lounge, named “The Kit-Kat Club” by the neighbors, above the garage that features a martini bar, a boomerang shaped stage, and a movie screen that is projected upon by a projector hidden in a compartment behind a portrait across the room from the screen,. Furnished by Fingers Furniture in 1960, the room maintains its original furniture.

The 2017 SIP Series is chaired by R.W. McKinney and honorary chairmen Bill Baldwin and Jason Roth Fuller. SIP receptions include hors d’oeuvres, wine provided by Dionisio Winery and beer courtesy of Southern Star Brewing. Starting times for SIP receptions vary depending on location. Don't miss this chance to sip, taste and tour these historic Houston treasures.

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Finger Lecture Series
Apr
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Finger Lecture Series

Battle on the Bay: The Civil War struggle for Galveston
by Ed Cotham

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

On the morning of January 1, 1863, a Confederate force recaptured Galveston from the Union in one of the most unusual land and sea battles of the entire Civil War. In this program, military historian Ed Cotham will cover the events of the battle and its importance in Texas history. He will also discuss the monuments, shipwrecks and museum exhibits that relate to the battle.

Ed Cotham is the author of four prize-winning books on the Civil War, including Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston, which was published by the University of Texas Press in 1998 and is now part of their "Texas Classic" series. Ed serves as Director and Chief Investment Officer for the Terry Foundation, the largest private provider of college scholarships in Texas.

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Wine Wednesdays
Apr
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Wednesdays

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

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.

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Apr
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bayou City Blitz Panel on the Houston Texans

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Admission is free

The final panel discussion supporting our Bayou Blitz exhibit focuses on Houston's beloved Texans. We look back on how the city sought a new franchise, and how Bob McNair brought the prize home. Above all, players from the first Texans teams will share the stories of playing for an expansion franchise. Please join Seth Payne, Fred Weary, Marc Vandermeer, moderator Matt Musil and others for a fun and lively evening talking Texans circa 2002.

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Wine Wednesdays
Apr
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Wednesdays

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

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.

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Wine Wednesdays!
Apr
5
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Wednesdays!

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

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.

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Apr
4
9:30am 9:30am

Oral History Workshop

The Heritage Society Oral History Workshop is Tuesday, April 4 at 9:30 AM at the Heritage Society Tea Room, 1100 Bagby between Lamar and Dallas. We will teach attendees how to facilitate oral histories and follow the guidelines of our Neighbor to Neighbor Oral History Program that contributes audio oral history files to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library and the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. We will also have handouts for the attendees and recommendations on where to find good interview subjects to help with our goal to preserve the stories of the greater Houston area. Attendees should bring note taking supplies for their own use. The workshop is free but requires an email notification as to who will be attending at mvance@heritagesociety.org

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Bayou City Blitz Panel High School Football
Mar
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bayou City Blitz Panel High School Football

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Admission is free

Prior to the late 1960s, high school football was segregated in Texas. We will explore what the game was like before and immediately after that period and have a special focus on the iconic Yates-Wheatley rivalry that defined African-American high school football in Houston for decades. Panelists include Robert Brown Donald Dickson, Leroy Johnson and Dyain Frazier with Robert Jacobus moderating.

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See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Mar
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series

$45 THS member/$50 non-members
Morales Funeral Home and Houston's first Spanish-language radio station

The story of the 1931 Morales Funeral Home on Canal Street is one of hard work, persistance, 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.

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Finger Lecture
Mar
16
12:00pm12:00pm

Finger Lecture

Beneath Houston Streets:
Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century
by Dan Michael Worrall

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Today’s Greater Houston is a vast urban place, stretching some fifty miles from Katy on its west to Baytown on its east. In the mid-nineteenth century, however, Houston was a small town – a dot in a vast frontier. Written histories of Houston largely confine themselves to the area within the city limits of the day. This leaves nearly forgotten the history of large rural areas that later fell beneath the city’s late twentieth century urban sprawl. One such area is that of upper Buffalo Bayou, extending from downtown Houston to Katy. In this area, European settlement began at Piney Point in 1824, over a decade before Houston was founded. Ox wagons full of cotton traveled across a seemingly endless tallgrass prairie from the Brazos River east to Harrisburg along the San Felipe Trail, built in 1830. Also here, Texian families fled eastward during the Runaway Scrape of 1836, immigrant German settlers trekked westward to new farms along the north bank of the bayou in the 1840s, and newly freed African American families walked east toward Houston from Brazos plantations after Emancipation. Near present-day Shepherd Drive, Reconstruction-era cowboys assembled herds of longhorns and headed north along a southeastern branch of the Chisholm Trail. Little physical evidence remains today of this former frontier world.

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Bayou City Blitz Panel on Rice University
Mar
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bayou City Blitz Panel on Rice University

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Admission is free

A panel discussion on Rice University football history will take place at The Heritage Society Tea Room, 1100 Bagby, Wednesday, March 8 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Admission is free. Nate Griffin will moderate and scheduled panelists  include: former Rice Owls stars Trevor Cobb, Jarett Dillard, Ray Alborn, N.D. Kalu and Bucky Allshouse. Panelists will recount key points in Rice football history. Expect an evening of memories and fun stories.

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An Evening of Heritage
Feb
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

An Evening of Heritage

An Evening of Heritage is set for Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the historic 1001 McKinney building. Join Chairmen Kaitlyn and Michael Scheurich for a wonderful evening of specialty cocktails, five-course dinner with wine pairings from Morton’s, and guest speaker Justice Ken Wise of the 14th Court of Appeals and Wise About Texas. Tables and individual tickets are available. Make your reservations today for this elegant dinner benefitting The Heritage Society!

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