Stories of Houston
Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city's history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century. See furnishings that reflect the lifestyles and cultural influences of Houston's earliest residents. Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities for learning about the growth and development of the city. Hear experts tell the stories of the people who came to Houston seeking new opportunities. Experience Houston's history through exhibitions about the city's diverse population. Celebrate Houston here!
The Heritage Society produces videos on all aspects of Houston and Texas history. They range from feature length documentaries to short history Slices. The award-winning Birth of Texas Series has appeared on PBS and HISD-TV and is utilized in over 80 schools districts around the state. You may purchase DVD copies of the feature films through this website, and learn more about our fascinating history on our YouTube Channel. visit our YouTube channel.
The Great Migration
July 5–September 9, 2017
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tues.–Sat.
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
The exhibition will feature original projects by students that help to illustrate the story of The Great Migration (1917-1970) of more than six million African Americans out of the South to other regions of the United States. The migration is one of the most important, courageous, and consequential movements in our nation’s history. In search of true freedom, equality, and opportunity, those brave migrants – fleeing systemic racism, abuse, oppression, enforced poverty, and terror – transformed American culture, society, demographics, and politics in a multitude of ways, both tangible and intangible. African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans also migrated to Houston from other regions, making our city the most diverse in the nation.
This exhibit is Guest Curated by University of Houston Honors College Students with Professors Debbie Harwell & Irene Guenther. The Heritage Society is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Image: The Connection of Blues
San Jacinto Premiere
One Monument Circle
La Porte, TX 77571
Saturday, September 16, 2017
San Jacinto Monument
$50 & includes DVD copy of film
The Heritage Society will hold the premiere event for San Jacinto, the latest title in the award-winning Birth of Texas Series, on Saturday, September 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte. It is the seventh completed film in the eight part series. Previous titles have aired on select Texas PBS stations including Houston’s own Channel 8. The films have also aired on HISD TV and are in use in over 80 school districts across the state.
Tickets for the premiere event are $50 and include a DVD copy of the full film. Your ticket price helps fund the final title in the Birth of Texas Documentary Series. Attendees will see approximately an hour of the two hour and 45 minute documentary followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and the lead historian, Dr. Stephen Hardin. Other Texas historians featured in the film may also be in attendance. Reservations are required. For more information email email@example.com.
Specialty Tours at
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Meet in the Museum Gallery
Every Friday a costumed docent will give you a tour about life in Austin's Colony. The tour focuses on the hardships of daily life in the early 1820s. A costumed interpreter explains and demonstrates important facets of textile production on the frontier - spinning, dyeing, and weaving in addition to the regular domestic activities of that era. Other areas being addressed include building construction methods and tools, the empressario system of colonization in Texas, and land grants.