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January 30−April 26, 2014
Exploring Houston's Green History:
Sam Houston Park, 1899−2014

The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission is free
Founded in 1899, Sam Houston Park is the first and oldest municipal park in the city of Houston. This beloved historic green space was originally part of the land granted by Stephen F. Austin to John Austin in 1824. For the past 115 years, the park has served Houstonians as a center for outdoor recreation and social activities. This exhibit will showcase Sam Houston Park’s history as well The Heritage Society’s 60 year history of caring for this beloved city park.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Finger Lecture Series
Three Ballparks: Pre-WWII Baseball in Houston
By Mike Vance

The Heritage Society Tea Room

12−1 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
One hundred twenty years before Minute Maid Park opened, Houstonians were enjoying downtown baseball. During that span, over three-fourths of all the players enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame made a stop in the Bayou City. Mike Vance will discuss the first three professional sports stadiums in Houston. Along the way, he will share tales of greats like Dizzy Dean, Ty Cobb, Satchel Paige  and Babe Ruth. There will even be stories about the UT and A&M football game that was played annually in Houston and the near riots that brought the first halt in the storied rivalry. Accompanying the talk will be dozens of rich illustrations.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Heritage Family Day- Celebrate Texas
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
1−4 p.m.
Celebrate Texas from the time of Stephen F. Austin’s colony to the present. Enjoy hands-on activities, crafts and refreshments. Take a tour of 1823 Old Place and enjoy entertainment by Celtaire String Band and History Live volunteers from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Building Arts Distinguished Lecture Series
The Texas Company: Rehabilitation of a Houston Landmark
by Anna Mod
The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Members are free, non-members $5
The Texas Company building, designed by Warren and Wetmore, is currently undergoing rehabilitation for reuse as apartments. Constructed in 1915, 1936 and 1959, the building’s limestone and masonry exterior is highlighted with exuberant terracotta cornice and spandrel panels. One of its most recognized architectural features is the sidewalk arcade designed and built by the Guastavino Company. This Building Arts lecture includes the historic and architectural background of the building and an overview of the various tax incentive programs supporting its reuse.

June 6−August 2, 2014
Following General Sam Houston, 1793−1863, by Bernhardt Wall
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission is free
Artist and historian, Bernhardt Wall was a producer of fine press books who treated a vast array of subjects, including Texas and the Southwest. Today, Wall’s books are highly collectible and may be found in private collections, libraries and universities around the world. The etchings for this pictorial biography of Sam Houston were made while Wall was in La Porte, Texas in 1935, close to the battlefield of San Jacinto. At the time, Wall had the assistance of Houston’s one surviving son, Andrew Jackson Houston. One of the over seventy etchings in the book features Sam entering the 1850 Nichols-Rice-Cherry House, now located at The Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park. The exhibit will also feature some personal objects from the Houston family from the Permanent Collection of The Heritage Society. The etchings in this exhibition are on loan from The Printing Museum.

Monday, June 16, 2014
Best Little Workshop in Texas
For Teachers of Seventh Grade Texas History
The Heritage Society Tea Room
8 a.m.−3:30 p.m.


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



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