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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

May
18
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

The Happy Hollow: Emergency Salvage Archeology Project in Houston's Historic Red Light District
by Linda Gorski (Texas Archeological Stewardship Network and President, Houston Archeology Society)

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

For three short days at the end of January 2016 Texas Historical Commission Archeological Stewards from Harris County and members of the Houston Archeological Society participated in an emergency salvage archeology shovel testing project at a unique site in downtown Houston, Texas. Owners of the historic Lancaster Hotel were forced to demolish two equally historic adjoining buildings to provide parking spaces for the hotel. The owners of the hotel including Miki Lusk Norton graciously allowed the Texas Historical Commission to examine the site before it was paved over. 

These historic buildings in the 500 block of Louisiana Avenue were built in 1907 and replaced earlier structures on the lots that were originally “female boarding houses” – aka brothels.  The shovel testing revealed early cisterns, brick and concrete piers that supported the pier and beam building, an historic gulley and a privy. Approximately 1100 artifacts were recovered including many complete bottles that originally contained female medications and tonics providing clues as to what was going on at the site in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and  lending credence to the site’s original name – “Happy Hollow”!  This presentation will present the history of an early red light district in Houston through artifacts recovered at the site.


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.

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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.

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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.

Candlelight Tour
Dec
11
4:00 pm16:00

Candlelight Tour

Guests will tour decorated homes, interact with historic characters and 19th century crafters, participate in children’s activities in Santa’s Workshop, and hear stories of Houston’s past residents, cultures and communities. The Art Market will include vendors and local artists for that small gift. Musical and interactive entertainment will be spread throughout the park, allowing guests to stroll at their leisure. Candlelight Café will have a variety of items for children and adults from Phoenicia Specialty Foods.

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Candlelight Tour
Dec
10
3:00 pm15:00

Candlelight Tour

Guests will tour decorated homes, interact with historic characters and 19th century crafters, participate in children’s activities in Santa’s Workshop, and hear stories of Houston’s past residents, cultures and communities. The Art Market will include vendors and local artists for that small gift. Musical and interactive entertainment will be spread throughout the park, allowing guests to stroll at their leisure. Candlelight Café will have a variety of items for children and adults from Phoenicia Specialty Foods.

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Finger Lecture Series
Nov
17
12:00 pm12:00

Finger Lecture Series

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State
by James Harkins

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

The shape of Texas is one we can all recognize. Whether one sees a blank outline on a t-shirt or an advertisement, or a postcard. The shape of our state makes a statement. The shape is quintessentially, well, Texas. But our state did not always look this way. This presentation briefly explains how Texas got it’s iconic shape, which is recognizable across the world.

Building Arts Lecture
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

Building Arts Lecture

Revitalizing Houston's 1920s Gulf Oil Station
by Michael Morrow, Kinneymorrow Architecture

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

As an early example of the now ubiquitous service station, the Gulf Oil filling station at 3709 La Branch has endured. Despite nearly a century of varied use and disuse it remains largely intact and is one of the few surviving structures of its type. The building received Landmark Designation from the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission in April of 2015 and is currently being restored and renovated for use as Retrospect Coffee Bar. For this Building Arts Lecture, Michael Morrow of Kinneymorrow Architecture will discuss the transformation of the station from car culture to café culture.

You Are Here: Maps of Texas
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 Place (SIP) Series
Oct
23
3:00 pm15:00

See Interesting Place (SIP) Series

$50 Individual/$200 Series

Frank Lloyd Wright home

Known as the William L. Thaxton House, this house was designed and built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1955, it is the only FLW home in Houston, and contains many of the elements for which the architect is known. An addition was added to the home in 1995, designed by Kirksey.

Sip cocktails, enjoy fabulous hors d’ oeuvres, get an inside tour of one of Houston’s most interesting places and support The Heritage Society at the same time! Advance reservations are required; specific address and parking information will be shared after tickets are purchased.

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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. This lecture was originally scheduled for August 2016.

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series
Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

See Interesting Places (SIP) Series

$50/Individual, $200/Series
Not just one, but three buildings

This property in the Timmons/W. Alabama area was purchased in the 1960s by a Houston artist. Through the years, the additional buildings have been added, creating a compound of that is full of Houston’s mid-century art pioneers, and continues today.
 
Sip cocktails, enjoy fabulous hors d’ oeuvres, get an inside tour of one of Houston’s most interesting places and support The Heritage Society at the same time! Advance reservations are required; specific address and parking information will be shared after tickets are purchased.

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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.

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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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.

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.