Jul
14
Oct 15

This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945–1965

The Heritage Society (THS) is organizing This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945-1965 in partnership with Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). The inaugural exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum in 1948 was a show called This Is Contemporary Art. It was a concept, perhaps growing out of a Bauhaus approach brought to Houston by Robert Preusser, emphasizing that both fine and decorative arts should be appreciated and that art was something to bring into all aspects of life.

This was also the era of Handmakers, a cooperative of Houston artists making things for the home.  The exhibition will use the 1948 show as a model for a look back at a time when Houston and the Houston art world were in transition from regional to national – even international – significance.  Though the art and decorative items in the earlier show were not Houston made, this time, we will be showcasing Houston art and decorative arts and furniture made and/or designed here.

Cheers, Houston! Cold Beers • Young Peers
Sep
29
7:00 pm19:00

Cheers, Houston! Cold Beers • Young Peers

Kirby Ice House
3333 Eastside St.
Houston, TX 77098
$25/person
$30 at the door

It's throwback Thursday and what is old is new again! Join your fellow peers for cold beers at Kirby Ice House on September 29 from 7–10p.m. The $25 toll gets you two drink tickets and an opportunity to hang out with friends, both old and new. There will be a raffle drawing with some great prizes, with proceeds from the event supporting The Heritage Society and Houston’s history! Guests must be 23 years of age or older to attend (per Kirby Ice House rules). Cheers, Houston is being chaired by Shelby Boatwright, Tatum Boatwright, Jeppie Jordan, Madison Langley and Anna McGee. Purchase your ticket today!

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Exhibit Lecture
Oct
5
7:00 pm19:00

Exhibit Lecture

The Houston Art Scene in Transition and Disruption: Frank Freed's Opening Night- Contemporary Arts Museum of 1953 and What it Shows Us
by Randy Tibbits.

The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Despite the disruption of World War II, many believed a thriving pre-war art culture might resume its march into the future. But by the early 1960s that earlier culture and the artists who had made it were almost forgotten, replaced by new individuals with their own ideas as to what art in Houston should be about. Learn how that break with the past came about and discover some of the ramifications of our art scene "without a past".

The Museum Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on the day of this lecture.

Image: Frank Freed, Opening Night – Contemporary Arts Museum, 1953, Oil on canvas, Collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Gift of the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation.

Finger Lecture Series
Oct
20
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Great Texas Ranches
by Mike Jackson

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

The story of the great Texas ranches is the story of rugged individuals who acquired extensive land holdings and developed successful cattle ranching operations modeled after the Spanish rancheros. These grand old ranches include the XIT Ranch in the Panhandle, the King and Kenedy ranches in south Texas, the Waggoner ranch in northern Texas and the JA ranch in Palo Duro Canyon. Mike Jackson will take the audience on a journey across Texas to explore some of these iconic institutions.

Oct
26
Jan 7

You Are Here: Maps of Texas

The Heritage Society Museum
Free admission

Maps tell us many interesting stories about the past. They depict locations, regions and human interactions. Tracing Texas’s history through an examination of its borders tells us as much about the diversity of people settling here as it does the geography. Historic maps often highlight subjects such as politics, land use, and patterns of settlement that change throughout the region’s history. THS will exhibit a selection of maps from our collection, such as the 1869 W. E. Wood Map of Houston, along with maps of Texas on loan from private collectors and institutions.


See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series

$50/Individual, $200/Series
A mid-Century modern with a surprise

This 1964 mid-century modern home, located in Meyerland, is unique in many ways: years of family ownership; original furnishings by Adrian Pearsall; and the attention to detail given in updating the home. An added bonus, yet entirely different, is the nationally recognized model train layout, with its own addition to the home. This is a not to miss SIP for mid-century and model train enthusiasts alike! To view invitation.

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Sep
15
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Levi Jordan Plantation: Before and After the Civil War
by Ben Pfeiffer

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

Levi Jordan Plantation has a rich history and is an incredible example of plantation life before and after the Civil War. Unique to the site is the rich archeological discoveries that have helped shape our view on what life was like for not only the plantation owners, but for freedmen and the enslaved as well. Ben Pfeiffer, Educational Specialist at Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site will cover the economic and social transition of the plantation before and after slavery. He will also discuss the factors that kept the plantation operating and how those factors changed during Reconstruction. Current preservation and archeological accomplishments, as well as future plans for the site will also be discussed.

Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

Exhibit Lecture

This WAS Contemporary Art: The Search, Discoveries, the Outtakes, the Necessary Discards and Unfollowed Trails on the Road to the Exhibition
by Tam Kiehnhoff

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

Learn how exhibit curators approached the concept and assembly of the exhibition.  Hear about the interviews, sources and detective work involved and learn which pieces didn’t make it into the exhibit and why. Additionally, Mrs. Kiehnhoff will touch on potential future discoveries that our research has hinted at or has just begun to explore.

The Museum Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on the day of this lecture.

Aug
28
1:00 pm13:00

Happy 180th Birthday Houston

The Heritage Society (THS) at Sam Houston Park is throwing a BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR HOUSTON’S 180th ANNIVERSARY and you’re invited!

Celebrate this important milestone with a walk into Houston’s past by visiting the FREE museum exhibits, tour the historic homes of notable businessman, Rice University namesake, William Marsh Rice and African-American legend Reverend Jack Yates, snap a selfie with Sam Houston himself, enjoy LIVE music from the Celtaire String Band, have a rare opportunity to hob-knob with the City of Houston founders “the Allen Brothers” and enjoy cake with Houston’s unsung founder, Charlotte Allen, the “Mother of Houston”.

Family friendly activities and games for the children are also part of the afternoon.

Join Honorary Chair, Council Member Robert Gallegos , KHOU's Resident Historian and Chair R.W. McKinney and other Houston notables as they cut the giant 180th HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOUSTON cake in the City’s oldest municipal park, Sam Houston Park given to the City in 1899.

Building Arts Lecture
Aug
24
7:00 pm19:00

Building Arts Lecture

The skyline of downtown Houston is an ever-evolving mixture of buildings spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. As modernist architecture began to appear in the city, the 1952 Melrose Building - completed in the same year as the Gulf freeway - was Houston’s first office tower to fully exhibit the International Style. Now this modern landmark is undergoing rehabilitation for reuse as a hotel. For this Building Arts Lecture, Anna Mod will discuss the Melrose Building’s rehabilitation and the advent of the International Style in Houston.

Aug
18
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Finger Lecture Topic Change
The Birth of Texas and The Texas Rangers
by Dusty Davis

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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mike Jackson's Great Texas Ranches lecture has been postponed. Instead please join us to hear from Dusty Davis on The Birth of Texas and The Texas Rangers.

Jul
21
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

El Camino Real de los Tejas: Past & Present
by Steven Gonzales

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

The presentation will define a Camino Real, give a brief history of the trail, discuss modern events leading up to the designation of the trail as a National Historic Trail, discuss what it means to be a National Historic Trail and part of the National Trails System, and finally show people how to visit and experience the trail.

Jun
16
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Lunch with La Salle: The Excavation, Conservation and Interpretation of La Belle
by Brad Jones

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

Grounded in Matagorda Bay in 1686, the loss of the small frigate La Belle was the breaking point in the French explorer La Salle’s tragic expedition to found a colony in the Gulf of Mexico. Within three years La Salle was dead, the colony a ghost town, and the few survivors scattered. Excavated by the Texas Historical Commission in 1996-1997, the remains of the ship present an unparalleled view of the material culture of a French colonial enterprise and life on the frontier of European knowledge. Brad Jones, archeologist with the Texas Historical Commission will discuss the incredible efforts that went in to excavating, conserving, and interpreting this archeological treasure, while paying special attention to what the archaeology tells us about the foodways aboard the ship and in the colony. 

May
25
7:00 pm19:00

Building Arts Lecture

Iron of the 1800s: Saving Galveston's Architectural Heritage
by Doug McLean, McLean Metal Works

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

Sculptor Doug McLean has decades of experience producing and preserving metal elements for historic structures, including the tall ship Elissa, Moody Mansion, and several other historic buildings in Galveston. Formerly a sculpture instructor at the MFA's Glassell School, Mr. McLean has previously lectured at Columbia University and authored articles for the Association of Preservation Technology, and Traditional Building Magazine, on preservation techniques for cast and wrought iron. For this Building Arts Lecture, he will speak about his work, techniques, and challenges presented with the conservation of historic metals.

May
22
1:30 pm13:30

Westmoreland Walking Tour

Corner of Hawthorne at Burlington
$10 general public, $7 Preservation Houston & THS members

W.W. Baldwin developed Westmoreland Place in 1902 on what was then Houston's southwestern edge. The neighborhood was the city's first patterned after the "private place" neighborhoods of St. Louis: small, gated developments with a central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built. Though times have changed, much of Wesmoreland's early 20th century character remains, giving us a fascinating look at the residential architecture of the time. Several Westmoreland homes were built from books of house patterns, a design approach that may seem unusual to us now but was quite popular in its time. We'll discuss those homes and many more as we look at what remains a lovely, viable neighborhood after more than a century. Join us for a walking tour of historic Westmoreland addition conducted by Preservation Houston and learn about the fascinating buildings and people.

Please note that this is an exterior tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings. Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. May 22, 2016 at the east end of Hawthorne at Burlington. The last tour group will leave just after 2 p.m. Parking: Neighborhood street parking is available but be sure to observe posted parking regulations.

May
19
6:30 pm18:30

See Interesting Places

Pine Valley
$75/person for each event

The See Interesting Places Series is back for Spring!  Sip cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, get an inside look at some of Houston's interesting historic buildings and support The Heritage Society at the same time! Advance reservations are required, and tickets are limited for each location. Doors open at 6pm for Thursday, May 19. For tickets, or contact Carol Watson at 713.655.1912

May
19
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

The Westmoreland Addition
by Jim Parsons

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

Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston will present a talk about the Westmoreland addition, the original site of the Staiti House. The neighborhood is significant for its place in the development of Houston, between 1902 and 1943. At the time, its approach to community planning was innovative in Houston. The Westmoreland Addition was home to Walter J. Fondren, Harris Masterson, Miss Florence M. Sterling and Lyndon Baines Johnson to name a few.

Apr
21
6:00 pm18:00

See Interesting Places

1910 Engine House No. 2 & 1890s Victorian
East End
$75/person for each event

Join us Thursday, April 21 at a 1910 Engine House, one of Houston's first volunteer fire companies and as a bonus see an 1890s restored Victorian home all part of a complex located in Houston's East End. Sip cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, get an inside look at some of Houston's interesting historic buildings and support The Heritage Society at the same time! Additional SIP party will take place on Thursday, May 19 in Gulfgate/Pine Valley. Advance reservations are required, and tickets are limited for each location. Doors open at 6pm Thursday, April 21. For tickets, or contact Carol Watson at 713.655.1912.

Apr
21
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Texas Oil Boom Towns of the Early 1900s
by Bartee Haile

The Heritage Society Museum
Free for members, $5 for non-member

Texas at the beginning of the twentieth century was just another sleepy Southern state with an economy based on cotton and cattle. Author Bartee Haile will discuss how a series of oil discoveries that started with Spindletop in 1901, impacted small towns like Beaumont, Ranger, Desdemona, Mexia and Borger.

 

Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

See Interesting Places

John Staub Design
River Oaks Home
$75/person for each event or $200/person for the Spring SIP Series

The See Interesting Places Series is back for Spring! Join us Tuesday, March 22 at a River Oaks home designed by famed architect John Staub. Modeled after The Heritage Society's own Kellum-Noble House, this home is a wonderful testament to Houston and its architecture. Sip cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, get an inside look at some of Houston's interesting historic buildings and support The Heritage Society at the same time! Additional SIP parties will take place on Thursday, April 21 in the East End and on Thursday, May 19 in Gulfgate/Pine Valley. Advance reservations are required, and tickets are limited for each location. Doors open at 6pm Tuesday, March 22. For tickets, or contact Carol Watson at 713.655.1912

Mar
17
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Ghosts on the Mudflats: Artifacts Recovered from the Lost Townsite of San Jacinto
by Larry Golden and Linda Gorski

The Heritage Society Museum
Free for members, $5 for non-member

Larry Golden and Linda Gorski will talk about the artifacts recovered from the mudflats of Buffalo Bayou near the long forgotten 19th century Townsite of San Jacinto by the Golden family of Pasadena in the 1960s. The Townsite of San Jacinto adjoined the San Jacinto Battlefield and was also a gathering place for Texians fleeing during the Runaway Scrape. These artifacts give us a unique glimpse of life in Texas before, during and after the Texas Revolution. They are currently being researched and cataloged by the Houston Archeological Society and are also prompting new archeological investigations in the area. Many of the artifacts will be on display in The Heritage Society Tea Room before and after the presentation.
 

Mar
16
Jun 25

Profile of a Houston Oil Family: Photographs from the Staiti/Reisner Family Collection

The Heritage Society Museum
Free admission

Many well-known companies, such as Humble Oil, developed as a result of the early twentieth century oil boom, but many more independent men were also successfully bringing in gushers throughout Texas. One of those men was Henry Staiti. The Staiti family regularly took car trips together dressed in the fashions of the day to look at and photograph their oil fields. This extraordinary collection captures the lifestyle of a prosperous young Houston oil family making the most of this nascent industry. The types of photographs include sweeping panoramic shots and several black and white photos that have been hand colored. Beautiful photos of their extensive gardens and interior views of their home illustrate the lifestyle afforded to the Staitis as a result of Henry’s success in the burgeoning oil industry.

Mar
1
11:00 am11:00

Food Truck Tuesday

Cousins Maine Lobster @cmlobsterhou
Corner of Bagby and Dallas streets

Treat yourself to lunch at The Heritage Society on Food Truck Tuesdays! A different food truck will be on site each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm at the corner of Bagby and Dallas streets. Enjoy your lunch at tables in Connally Plaza and visit The Heritage Society Museum Gallery where we tell the stories of Houston's past.

Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Building Arts Lecture

Bringing Back the Bendit House: an Early Midcentury Modern Restoration/Renovation Project
by Steven F. Curry AIA, Curry Boudreaux Architects

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

Lars Bang, one of the first graduates of the University of Houston’s College of Architecture, designed the extraordinary Bendit House, built in 1953 in the then-new Ayrshire subdivision in suburban Houston. Heralded by local and national media and featured on the Contemporary Arts Museum’s Modern House Tour Six in 1957, it was later forgotten as the neighborhood around it evolved and insensitive modifications obscured much of its remarkable conceptual clarity.

Steve Curry, co-founder of Curry Boudreaux Architects and President of Houston Mod, purchased the home and embarked on a long-term effort to both carefully restore its character-defining features and make sensitive modifications. The completed home is the result of an exceptionally thorough approach not often seen in mid-20th-century homes and materials. The project, which has received a 2016 Preservation Houston Good Brick Award and a 2015 AIA Houston Design Award, is intended as a tribute to the original achievements of the Bendit House and as testament to its capability to teach and inspire. For this Building Arts Lecture, Steve Curry will talk about the challenges and rewards of this project as both architect and homeowner.

Feb
23
11:00 am11:00

Food Truck Tuesdays

The Waffle Bus @TheWaffleBus
Corner of Bagby and Dallas streets

Treat yourself to lunch at The Heritage Society on Food Truck Tuesdays! A different food truck will be on site each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm at the corner of Bagby and Dallas streets. Enjoy your lunch at tables in Connally Plaza and visit The Heritage Society Museum Gallery where we tell the stories of Houston's past.

Feb
21
1:00 pm13:00

Heritage Family Day

Admission is free.

Join us in celebrating Texas Ranching Heritage. View our new exhibit Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy and learn the importance of the vaquero to Texas cattle ranching. There will be hands-on craft activities and a chuck wagon presentation for children. Texas Longhorns Liberty and Justice will be visiting. Old Place will be open for an interactive tour. Refreshments will be served.

Feb
18
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

From The Vaquero to the Western Cowboy
by Betty Bailey Colley & Jane Clements Monday

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

Authors Betty Bailey Colley and Jane Clements Monday will give a brief history of the area between the Rio Grand to the south and the Nueces River to the north, home of the King and Kenedy ranches. The ranching culture of Texas and the American West owes its origins to the legacy of the Mexican vaqueros who perfected the skill of working cattle from horseback, rounding up cattle, tending the herd at night, roping and branding.  Ms. Colley and Ms. Monday have collaborated on several books inlcuding, Voices from the Wild Horse Desert: The Vaquero Families of the King and Kenedy Ranches, Tales of the Wild Horse Desert (for young readers) and The Master Showmen of King Ranch.

Feb
16
11:00 am11:00

Food Truck Tuesday

Yummy Dog @YummgyDogTX
Corner of Bagby and Dallas streets

Treat yourself to lunch at The Heritage Society on Food Truck Tuesdays! Enjoy your lunch at tables in Connally Plaza and visit The Heritage Society Museum Gallery where we tell the stories of Houston's past.

Feb
2
11:00 am11:00

Food Truck Tuesdays

Cousin's Maine Lobster @CMLobsterhou
Corner of Bagby and Dallas Streets

Treat yourself to lunch at The Heritage Society on Food Truck Tuesdays! Every first Tuesday of the month the Stark Tank recognized Cousins Maine Lobster truck will be on site from 11am to 2pm at the corner of Bagby and Dallas streets. Enjoy your lunch at tables in Connally Plaza and visit The Heritage Society Museum Gallery, where we tell the stories of Houston's diverse history.

We hope to see you on Food Truck Tuesdays!

Jan
27
Mar 5

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

The Heritage Society Museum
Free admission

This exhibition created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas features striking photographs by Bill Wittliff with bilingual narrative text that capture the drama of vaqueros still working cattle in traditional ways.

Jan
21
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Famous Trees of Texas
by Gretchen Riley

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

If only they could speak, these famous trees of Texas would tell fascinating stories about our state's history. Gretchen Riley is a Staff Forester and Partnership Coordinator for Texas A & M Forest Service. She will share some of the stories these famous trees might tell. 

Jan
5
11:00 am11:00

Food Truck Tuesdays

Cousin's Maine Lobster @CMLobsterhou
Coner of Bagby and Dallas Streets

Treat yourself to lunch at The Heritage Society on Food Truck Tuesdays! A different food truck will be on site each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm at the corner of Bagby and Dallas streets. Enjoy your lunch at tables in Connally Plaza and visit The Heritage Society Museum Gallery where we tell the stories of Houston's past.

Dec
22
11:00 am11:00

Food Truck Tuesdays

The Cuban Spot @TheCubanSpot
Corner of Bagby and Dallas Streets

Treat yourself to lunch at The Heritage Society on Food Truck Tuesdays! A different food truck will be on site each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm at the corner of Bagby and Dallas streets. Enjoy your lunch at tables in Connally Plaza and visit The Heritage Society Museum Gallery where we tell the stories of Houston's past.

Dec
15
11:00 am11:00

Food Truck Tuesdays

Nom Mi Street @NomMiStreet
Corner of Bagby and Dallas Streets

Treat yourself to lunch at The Heritage Society on Food Truck Tuesdays! A different food truck will be on site each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm at the corner of Bagby and Dallas streets. Enjoy your lunch at tables in Connally Plaza and visit The Heritage Society Museum Gallery where we tell the stories of Houston's past.