May
9
Jun 9

Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective

The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission is free

The exhibition features sixty-seven color and black-and-white photographs that convey the collective “impression” recent hurricanes made on the Gulf Coast region from Galveston, Texas, to Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Finger Lecture Series
Jun
15
12:00 pm12:00

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. 


Building Arts Lecture
May
24
7:00 pm19:00

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.

May
24
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Finger Lecture Series
May
18
12:00 pm12:00

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.

May
17
5:00 pm17:00

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.

May
10
5:30 pm17:30

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.

May
9
7:00 pm19:00

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.

May
3
5:00 pm17:00

Wine Wednesdays

The Heritage Society Front Patio
Admission is free

Due to potential inclement weather Wine Wednesday is postponed and will resume Wednesday, May 10. 

Apr
26
5:00 pm17:00

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.

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Purchase tickets here.

Finger Lecture Series
Apr
20
12:00 pm12:00

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.

Wine Wednesdays
Apr
19
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Apr
12
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Wine Wednesdays
Apr
12
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Wine Wednesdays!
Apr
5
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Apr
4
9:30 am09:30

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

Bayou City Blitz Panel High School Football
Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

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.

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Mar
22
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Purchase tickets here.

Finger Lecture
Mar
16
12:00 pm12:00

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.

Bayou City Blitz Panel on Rice University
Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

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.

An Evening of Heritage
Feb
28
6:30 pm18:30

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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Frontier Family Day
Feb
26
1:00 pm13:00

Frontier Family Day

Free admission

Explore Texas history by visiting The Heritage Society’s Frontier Family Day on Sunday, February 26 from 1 to 4. This afternoon of learning and fun will feature musical entertainment by Celtaire String Band.  Liberty and Justice , Texas longhorns from Texas Recollections Farm in Washington, Texas, will demonstrate farm life in pioneer times. Tour Old Place, the oldest remaining structure in Harris County, which dates from the days of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Spanish Texas. Children’s author, Laurie Cockerell, will read from her popular book about Sam Houston, Magnificent Sam. There will be frontier craft activities for young children and cowboy grub refreshments for all in the Duncan General Store.

Building Arts Lecture
Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

Building Arts Lecture

Fighting Owls: Rice Stadium and Modernism at Rice University
by Ben Koush

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

During the postwar years, Rice underwent a radical change. Under the leadership of a new President and Board composed of Houston’s emerging business elite, the university embarked on a fifteen-year building campaign that radically transformed its architectural character. Their biggest project was the muscular 70,000-seat Rice Stadium, designed by Lloyd & Morgan with Milton McGinty, a firm run by alums. Architect and historian Ben Koush, of Ben Koush Associates, will discuss the impact of the Rice stadium as an uncompromisingly modernist structure in a tradition-bound institution, and one of Houston’s finest postwar monuments. Koush is the author of a forthcoming book on the work of Lloyd, Morgan & Jones. 

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Feb
16
6:30 pm18:30

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series

$45 THS member/$50 non-members
Kirby Mansion

The Heritage Society’s SIP Series returns for the spring, kicking off at the Kirby Mansion on Thursday, February 16, 2017. The Kirby Mansion was built in 1925 by John Henry Kirby, an oil, railroad and industrial entrepreneur. In 1948, after Kirby’s death, the house became the home to the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross and was the official headquarters of the 1990 Economic Summit, hosting World leaders. In 1992, current owner Phillip H. Azar purchased the building for his law office, and has worked to restore the building.

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. Tickets are $50 per person for each reception, and $45 for THS members. Save and buy tickets for the full four-building series at $160 per person. Early registration is required.

 Purchase tickets here.

Finger Lecture Series
Feb
16
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Myths of the Republic of Texas
by Raul A. Ramos

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

Ramos will discuss the history and contradictions of the Republic of Texas in order to understand the various meanings it has taken. How should we reconcile the history of American annexation and expansion with the rhetoric of Texas nationalism in the past and present? 

Bayou City Blitz Panel on UH Football
Feb
8
7:00 pm19:00

Bayou City Blitz Panel on UH Football

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Admission is free

A panel discussion on University of Houston football history will take place at The Heritage Society Tea Room, 1100 Bagby, Wednesday, February 8 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Admission is free. Scheduled panelists  include: Craig Roberts, Ted Pardee, Jerry Drones, Chuck Brown, Alois Blackwell, and Bob Jacobus. Panelists will recount key points in Cougar football history including Coach Bill Yeoman’s groundbreaking integration of the program with players that included Warren McVea and panelist Jerry Drones. Expect an evening of memories and fun stories.

Jan
25
7:00 pm19:00

Bayou City Blitz Panel on the Houston Oilers

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Admission is free

A panel discussion on Houston Oilers history will take place at The Heritage Society Tea Room, 1100 Bagby, this Wednesday, January 25 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Scheduled attendees include: Spencer Tillman, Willie Alexander, Garland Boyette, Bubba McDowell, Curtis Duncan, Robert Woods and Mickey Herskowitz. Expect an evening of memories and fun stories. Admission is FREE.

The panel is being held in conjunction with the exhibit Bayou City Blitz: A History of Houston Football. The exhibit includes images and artifacts that cover Houston’s football past from high school to pros. The Museum will stay open until 7PM on Wednesday, so come early, visit the exhibit and then grab a seat for the panel.

Finger Lecture Series
Jan
19
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Home Front: Texas in WWII
by Mike Vance

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

The Texas home front during World War II was the beginning of a shift that would change Texas from rural to urban as half a million Texans moved to cities to fill industrial jobs. Manufacturing in Texas quadrupled during WWII. Pipelines, refineries, aircraft factories, synthetic rubber plants and Liberty ships sprouted across the state. Women, still not allowed to serve on a jury, were suddenly doing essential work for the war effort, in factories, air fields or petrochemical labs.

The state was home to a myriad of military bases. Training took place from one end of the state to the other, especially for the Army Air Corps, be it pilots, aviation mechanics or aerial gunners. All along the coast were anti-aircraft guns, concrete bunkers and even reconnaissance blimps. German U-boats did indeed ply Gulf waters, looking for Allied shipping at the same time that captured Germans picked Texas fruit and tended Texas livestock.

Mike Vance of The Heritage Society is producing a documentary about this subject and has interviewed over 80 Texans who experienced the war years first hand. He will share some of the personal stories of sacrifice and change that make this one of the most fascinating times in Texas history.

Jan
18
Apr 29

Bayou City Blitz: The History of Houston Football

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.