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Tuesday, June 2−September 19, 2015
Throughout! Houston's GLBT History
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission is free

The second half of the twentieth century brought unprecedented changes in the visibility and public perception of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people in the U.S. Throughout! Houston’s GLBT History tells the story of the GLBT culture in Houston during this transitional time. The exhibit explores the diversity of a larger community made up of distinct cultural groups, each with its own identity and developmental history. The items featured present a bold look at the social, cultural, and political experiences of Houston’s GLBT community. The items are on loan to The Heritage Society from Gulf Coast Archive & Museum of GLBT History, Inc., and other local repositories and collectors.

On Going
Mrs. Cherry is Coming Home
1850 Nichols-Rice-Cherry House
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $5
The Heritage Society (THS) is known for preserving Houston’s history. But, did you know that one of THS’s historic homes was first saved by the artist Emma Richardson Cherry in 1897. The Nichols-Rice-Cherry home was originally built in 1850 and THS interprets the majority of the home to this time period. In an effort to highlight Mrs. Cherry’s contributions to Houston’s history, one room of the home will be transformed into Mrs. Cherry’s art studio where several of her paintings, art supplies and personal items will be on display. Emma Richardson Cherry was a true pioneer in the arts and art education and through this display, her highly-collectable artwork and her personal triumphs can be celebrated in her own home.

Tuesday, June 2−September 19, 2015
A Look at Houston: Art from the Time of Dying
Curated by Bart Truxillo
The Heritage Society Tea Room
10:00 a.m.−4 p.m.
Admission is free

Art never loses its inherent power to speak. The force with which the work speaks is a result of the artist’s love and commitment to a vision. Oscar Wilde once said “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.”
 

This small curated exhibit of art by local artists is a testament to that. Represented in this exhibit are some artists whose lives were ended too soon by AIDS. Some works were created as memorials by those who lived through the epidemic. It is hoped that this small offering will pay homage to a time when so many creative forces were lost, and inspire a new commitment to carry on.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
The Heritage Society's Young Professionals Bus Tour
3−6 p.m.
$30 for members, $35 for non-members when they use their member discount
The Heritage Society’s Young Professionals double-decker bus tour will include history on the original four political wards, points of interest and stories of those who lived in the ever changing neighborhoods– with a drink stop or two along the way. Snacks will be provided and you are welcome to bring your beverage of choice. You must be 21 or older to attend. Seating is limited. This is a rain or shine event. Buy tickets here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The History of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus
by Maria Gonzalez

The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
6:30 p.m. cash bar opens
The lecture will focus on an overview of the history of the organization, from its founding in 1975 to its present incarnation.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
History of Pride in Houston
by Jack Valinski

The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
6:30 p.m. cash bar opens
All Pride Parades resulted from one pivotal moment in history – Stonewall. The history of the Pride Parades in Houston will be explored by Mr.Valinski, who was associated with them from the beginning.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture Series
My Ancestors Founded Houston, and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
The Heritage Society Tea Room
12−1 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Many Houstonians are unaware that there were actually six Allen brothers, a sister and their parents who all settled in the Bayou City. Paul Mabry, a sixth-generation Houstonian and a descendant of the founding Allen family, will provide an informal, thoroughly non-academic look at the whole of the Allen family's role in early Houston.

Mabry is a former Director of Communications for the City of Houston and served the Kathy Whitmire administration. In his semi-retirement, he is Executive Director of Rugby Texas and is a member of the Harris County Appraisal Review Board.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Building Arts Lecture
Preserving a Landmark: Archeology at the Kellum-Noble House
by Linda Gorski, President, Houston Archeological Society
The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members

During foundation work at the 1847 Kellum-Noble House, preliminary excavation inside the building uncovered broken pieces of plates and other household items. At the request of the Texas Historical Commission, the Houston Archeological Society (HAS) mobilized and set up a project to recover artifacts from much of the soil removed from below the house. Under the direction of president Linda Gorski and vice-president Louis Aulbach, HAS recovered more than 10,200 individual pieces, from fragments of glass and ceramics including Texian Campaign Ware, to rare German marbles and coins dating from 1845. Also recovered were many beautiful buttons made of shell, ceramic, wood, and bone and an intact slate pencil and ink bottle. With guidance from HAS member and Texas Archeological Steward Beth Aucoin, HAS members are preparing these items to be archived under the State of Texas. For this Building Arts Lecture, Linda Gorski will discuss the salvage archeology project and show photographs highlighting the recovered items that have enhanced our understanding of the historic Kellum-Noble House. 


Thursday, August 27, 2015
Fall SIP Series
1954 Tudor, in Tanglewood
6−8 p.m.
Tickets $75/person for one event or $200/person for the entire Fall SIP Series
The Heritage Society invites you to SIP with us. Enjoy an exclusive tour of three of Houston’s irreplaceable homes in the neighborhoods of Tanglewood (Thursday, August 27), Woodland Heights (Wednesday, September 23), and Westmoreland (Wednesday, October 28). Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Buy your tickets here!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Segregation at Houston's Gold and Red Rooms
by Brian Riedel
The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
6:30 p.m. cash bar opens
In 1971, activists from the Gay Liberation Front Houston picketed the Red Room to pressure the popular bar to serve black customers. What does that moment tell us about racial politics in Houston’s early gay community, and what lessons might that past carry for us today as some states pass laws allowing businesses to select whom they will serve?

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture Series
John P. McGovern, M.D.: A Biographer's Perspective
by Bryan Boutwell
The Heritage Society Tea Room
12−1 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Author Bryant Boutwell will discuss his new book which chronicles the influential life of his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. John P. McGovern, whose holistic approach to medicine and team approach to healthcare transcended the traditional boundaries of institutional identities and medical specialties.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Fall SIP Series
1910 Prairie, in Woodland Heights
6−8 p.m.

Tickets $75/person for one event or $200/person for the entire Fall SIP Series
The Heritage Society invites you to SIP with us. Enjoy an exclusive tour of three of Houston’s irreplaceable homes in the neighborhoods of Tanglewood (Thursday, August 27), Woodland Heights (Wednesday, September 23), and Westmoreland (Wednesday, October 28). Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Buy your tickets here!

October 1, 2015−January 16, 2016

Asian Americans in Houston: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission is free
The focus of the exhibition will be on Asian Americans in Houston and their many contributions to our city and its culture. Topics will include an overview of Asian immigration, a Buddhist temple, and stories of Houstonians who trace their ancestry to China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The exhibit will bring to life stories in the articles from the fall 2015 issue of Houston History magazine by featuring artifacts, photographs, and documents representing a cultural bridge between Asian and Houstonian.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Fall SIP Series
1904 Colonial Revival in Westmoreland
6−8 p.m.

Tickets $75/person for one event or $200/person for the entire Fall SIP Series
The Heritage Society invites you to SIP with us. Enjoy an exclusive tour of three of Houston’s irreplaceable homes in the neighborhoods of Tanglewood (Thursday, August 27), Woodland Heights (Wednesday, September 23), and Westmoreland (Wednesday, October 28). Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Buy your tickets here!

December 12−13, 2015
Annual Candlelight Tour
 

 

For more information on these events,
please call The Heritage Society at (713) 655-1912.

 

 
 

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