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. 12, 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.
The Incredible Importance of Rotting Paper
by Judge Mark Davidson
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Free admission for members, $5 for non-members
Judge Mark Davidson served as Judge of the 11th District Court for twenty years before his retirement in 2009. One of his passions has been leading an effort to preserve the valuable records that chronicle the workings of our judicial system. Since 1837, Harris (then Harrisburg) County has been in the business of settling disputes over land, property rights, probate and criminal behavior. We have avoided catastrophic fires and suffered frequent flooding, but it is the simple ravages of time that are the biggest danger to these priceless archives that tell the stories of our past. Judge Davidson will educate and amuse with cases from throughout the State of Texas and in Harris County that have been found buried in the archives of our states' courts. From tales of country music stars to a lawsuit between heavyweight boxers to a dispute over Sam Houston’s furniture, there will be plenty of stories to enjoy from the early days of Texas.
10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visit THS and see our newest artwork, the Mexican-American History Mural. 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 Mural themes include Mexican immigration as people fled the Revolution at home, the jobs that the new immigrants took on the railroads and in Ship Channel industries, life in El Segundo Barrio, community institutions and the all-encompassing importance of extended family in the life of Mexican-Americans. Key Hispanic figures are included as well. Set against a backdrop of City Hall and the downtown skyline, this mural will be a cultural landmark in the very heart of 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!