Welcome to The Heritage Society where our collections of historic buildings and artifacts tell the fascinating stories of the people, opportunities, and events that came together to build the nation's fourth largest city - Houston, Texas.
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!
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Maps of Texas
Wed, October 26, 2017–Sat, January 7, 2017
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
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 Places (SIP)
Frank Lloyd Wright home
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Bunker Hill/Memorial area
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.
Finger Lecture Series
Great Texas Ranches
by Mike Jackson
Thusday, October 20, 2016
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.