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Extended
Texas Treasures: Fine Furnishings from The Heritage Society's Kellum-Noble House
One Allen Center, Second Floor
11 a.m.−2 p.m.
Admission is free
The Heritage Society, in association with Arts Brookfield, has organized Texas Treasures: Fine Furnishings from The Heritage Society’s Kellum-Noble House an exhibition featuring Texas-made furnishings from the mid-19th century. The items on view are from The Heritage Society’s 1847 Kellum-Noble House, which is currently closed to the public for restoration.  This exhibition is sponsored by Arts Brookfield.

February 18−May 16, 2015
Financing the Republic of Texas
Guest Curator James P. Bevill
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Admission is free
The money trail that followed the fight for Independence from Mexico, the establishment of the Republic of Texas and eventually annexation is filled with fascinating documents. A war for independence and building a new nation cannot be achieved without funding. As noted by Guest Curator James Bevill in his book The Paper Republic, “the history of early Texas was as much of an economic struggle as it was a military one.” It is documents such as hand-written treasury warrants issued at San Felipe de Austin in 1836 and Texian Loan Scripts signed by Stephen F. Austin or a promise of 640 acres in exchange for a loan signed by Sam Houston that tell this story. Following the money trail also shows how the seat of the Texas government was constantly on the move as the printed bills included “Houston” or ”Austin” depending on the year they were issued. Although the Texans struggled to keep the coffers filled, today these documents represent priceless and tangible pieces of Texas history.


Saturday, April 25, 2015
A Scavenger Hunt in Sam Houston Park
THS Museum Gallery
3:30−6:30 p.m.
Tickets $20 per person/$35 team of two
On Saturday, April 25, from 3:30–6:30 p.m., Houston history buffs and knowledgeable novices alike will be challenged to decipher a set of clues, use the answers to find a variety of historic objects, and snap a digital picture of each to complete the hunt. In the search to find each item, participants will venture across Sam Houston Park, inside some of Houston’s oldest historic structures, and through the city’s intriguing past.

Prizes will be awarded to the individual or team who successfully answers all of the clues in the shortest amount of time. Only a few history savvy sleuths will win, but everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments following the event. Participants must register in advance and have a digital camera or camera phone. You must be 21+ to participate. Grand Prize Winner will receive general admission passes to the Free Press Summer Festival!
Register Here!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SIP Series #3 (See Irreplaceable Places)
Mid-century modern home in Glenbrook Valley

6−9 p.m.
Tickets are $75 each
The third in the Spring SIP Series, on Wednesday, April 29, takes you back in time. Located in Glenbrook Valley, the largest post World War II historic district in the nation, this wonderful home stands out in a neighborhood of ranch, mid-century modern homes. Looking closely, you will see homes with intricate brickwork, scrolling finishes and hidden nooks. The residence, the third in the SIP Series, was built in 1953, and has been maintained by not only the original owner, but all subsequent owners to keep its original character.

The SIP Series is a fundraising event for The Heritage Society. The historic locations allow us to share the stories of Houston and its residents – both current and past. Please join us and SIP. Have a martini, some lite bites and tour an architecturally significant home.
Register here!

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Jerry and Marvy Finger Lecture Series
The History and Preservation of San Jacinto High School
by Grace Cynkar
The Heritage Society Tea Room
12−1 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SIP Series #4 (See Irreplaceable Places)
Esperson Building in Downtown Houston

6−8 p.m.
Tickets are $75 each event or $200 for the three remaining in the series
Sip cocktails, enjoy fabulous hors d'oeuvres, get an inside look at some of Houston's most irreplaceable historic buildings and support The Heritage Society at the same time.
Register here!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Building Arts Lecture Series
Repair and Preservation of Log Buildings
by Rodger Lee and Monte Parks, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Log construction has long been replaced by more modern methods of wood framing. It is still possible, however, to construct log buildings using the all-but-forgotten tools and techniques used on the Texas frontier. For this Building Arts Lecture, Rodger Lee and Monte Parks will discuss the wood species, tools, and techniques used in nineteenth-century log construction. Mr. Lee and Mr. Parks have used these tools and techniques to build and maintain a replica 1820s homestead at the Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. They will also use them to make a repair on The Heritage Society’s own 1823 Old Place the following week. All are invited to watch this work in action. More details will follow.

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

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Repealing Ordinances Used to Arrest GLBT Folks in the 1960s and 1970s
by Phyllis Randolph Frye
The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Since 1904 the city had a succession of ordinances that were in effect making unlawful the dressing in the clothing of the opposite sex. Judge Frye will talk about those ordinances and the repeal of the final ordinance in August, 1980.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Jerry and Marvy Finger Lecture Series
The Heritage Society Tea Room
12−1 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members


Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Supreme Court Rulings and their Effects on Houston's GLBT Community
by Mitchell Katine

The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Mr. Katine will review and examine the GLBT cases decided by the United States Supreme Court from the 1960s to the present day and the unique role played by Texas. It will be an exciting journey through the ups and downs of the Supreme Court’s consideration of GLBT sex through the ages culminating with the ultimate prize of marriage equality in 2015.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Heritage Family Day
1−4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Renaissance of Riches: Houston's Gay Theater in the 1980s
by Buzz Bellmont

The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Gay theatre in Houston during the 1980s was vibrant and groundbreaking. The number of gay theatres has not been surpassed since then.

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Jerry and Marvy Finger Lecture Series
Fredericksburg's Family Ties:
Tracking Architectural and Cultural Change through the Generations

by Kenneth Hafertepe
The Heritage Society Tea Room
12−1 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Guys and Gals Like That: Some Gay and Lesbian Houston artists in the 1930s
by Randy Tibbits

The Heritage Society Tea Room
7 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Despite the economic uncertainties of the Depression, the 1930s were exciting years for Houston artists, as modernism took hold in a big way. For a mostly young subset of those artists who were gay or lesbian (though they might or might not have used the terms themselves), the decade was also a surprisingly tolerant one in which they could explore their art and their non-normative sexuality. Mr. Tibbits’ talk will offer some suggestions as to how their experience of difference at the fundamental level of sexuality might have impacted their art, and vice versa.

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
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
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.

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
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?

 

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

 

 
 

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