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!
Help Restore the Noble House:The 65-Year Effort to Save Houston’s Oldest Building
Thurs., Jan. 30—Sun., June 29, 2019
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tues.–Sat. & 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sun.
Admission: $5 for adults, $2 children 5–18
The furniture on display in our Museum Gallery represents the Texas pioneer version of the same pieces that would have been in any middle-class Victorian home. The native woods, cow-hide seats, and simplistic German style influences show the distinctness of the Texas-made pieces. A pair of quilts made by Leona Boucher when she was just twelve years old in 1857 also illustrate the artistry achieved by young women at the time.
We invite you to come see these rare treasures that had previously been on display in the Kellum-Noble house. If you want to learn more about these pieces and other Texas-made furniture, please visit the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive at http://texasartisans.mfah.org/
Specialty Tour of
First and Third Friday
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
First and third 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.
Mexican-American History & Culture in 20th Century Houston
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and
Sunday 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Set in Connally Plaza against a dramatic backdrop of City Hall and the downtown skyline, the mural highlights the places, personalities, concepts and events that shaped the Mexican-American community and laid the foundation for the multicultural city we live in today.
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!