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!
Thurs., August 16—Sat., Jan., 2019
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tues.–Sat.
Admission: $5 for adults, $2 children 5–18
South and North of the Border: Houston Paints Houston brings together more than 60 works created over 130 years to showcase the re-visioning of Houston through the eyes and works of Houston’s own artists who helped create the modern city in which we live.
This exhibition is half of a joint project with the umbrella title South and North of the Border, to be mounted in conjunction with the Ideson Gallery of Houston Public Library, where Houston Paints Mexico will explore how our artists helped create our understanding of our closest, and in many ways, most important neighbor. The two shows together are corner stones of the Festival of Earlier Houston Art taking place in institutions and galleries all over Houston during the fall of 2018.
Jazz on the Plaza
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Please join us for a free concert, providing a chance to enjoy a large jazz band in an idyllic outdoor park setting.
The South Texas Jazz Big Band directed by Dr. Woody Witt will be performing. The orchestra, with approximately 20 pieces, has members who are affiliated with both Houston Community College and the University of Houston. Organized as a non-profit organization, South Texas Jazz seeks to educate and foster appreciation of jazz music in the Greater Houston area. Members are top artists on the trombone, sax, trumpet and rhythm instruments. Director Witt, who books artists into the Cezanne jazz club, is a tenor saxophonist who has toured the world and released 10 music albums and performed as sideman on 25 more. Refreshments by Boogie’s Chicago Style BBQ and Karbach Brewing Company.
Early Texas Judges: Crazy Deals & Crazy Cases
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Free to members, $5 for non-members
The November lecturer is Appeals Court Justice and Texas history podcaster, Ken Wise. Among the characters to be explored are Thomas Jefferson Chambers and his questionable land speculations, as well as his stealing Supreme Court records to keep from losing a case. Judge B.C. Franklin was the messenger to Interim President David G. Burnet from San Jacinto after the battle and was also the first judge to hold court in Houston for the newly formed Republic of Texas. But he also presided over a semi-secret court to dispose of a captured American ship at the end of the Texas Revolution. Justice Wise will speak a bit about our courthouse square and other early cases in Houston.
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. Purchase now!