HTX Market
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

HTX Market

Help us kick-off this inaugural market where you can eat, shop and do good. Part farmer's market and part artisan market -- come stock up on goodies for the week while grabbing unique gifts for the holidays. HTX Market is benefiting The Heritage Society. Come out and shop and help The Heritage Society at the same time. Free admission, so bring your family and friends!

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Oct
18
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Oct
18
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Noon Lecture (Rescheduled to October due to weather)
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture (Rescheduled to October due to weather)

East Texas Troubles
by Dr. Jody Edward Gin

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Join us as Texas Rangers historian Dr. Jody Edward Ginn tells of the Allred Rangers’ year-and-a half-long cleanup of the county and the inaugural effort in Governor Allred’s transformation of the Texas Rangers into a professional law enforcement agency.

 In this story of a rural Texas community’s resurrection, Ginn reveals a multifaceted history of the reform of the Texas Rangers and of an unexpected alliance between the legendary frontier lawmen and black residents of the Jim Crow South.

Dr. Jody Edward Ginn is a former law enforcement investigator/administrator and U.S. Army veteran who works as a curatorial/multi-media consultant to museums, educational institutions/non-profits, filmmakers and publicity agents, including as a consultant to the blockbuster new Netflix Film, The Highwaymen. Dr. Ginn is also the Historian for the Former Texas Rangers Association, an adjunct professor of history at Austin Community College, and has served as an expert commentator for online podcasts and in national and international print media outlets.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Oct
4
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Oct
4
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Pop-Up Sale
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Pop-Up Sale

The Heritage Society Tea Room

This one-day-only sale will have lots of treasures including glassware, furniture, dolls and toys, phonograph players, and more. DIYers and shabby chic rehabbers will delight at the opportunity to take some of these slightly damaged antiques and give them new life. Get those creative juices flowing and be inspired!

Admission to the sale is free. Proceeds will help The Heritage Society care for its Permanent Collections and continue to preserve and share the history of our great city as we have done for 65 years!

If you would like to contribute to the sale, please drop off your collectibles and antiques to the Tea Room, 1100 Bagby Street. (Sorry - no household items or books) We will be taking donations for the sale on Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm starting September 3 until September 20. Please call ahead for weekend drop-off. Because we are a non-profit, your donations are tax deductible.

For more information about the sale, please contact Executive Director Alison Bell at mailto:abell@heritagesociety.org.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Sep
6
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Sep
6
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Happy Birthday Houston!
Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Happy Birthday Houston!

Connally Plaza

The Heritage Society (THS) at Sam Houston Park and Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston are throwing a Birthday party for Houston’s 183rd anniversary and you are invited!

There will be free tours of the homes at The Heritage Society and our air-conditioned museum will be open at no charge to the public. Live music will be entertaining the crowd and guests will have a rare opportunity to hob-knob with the City of Houston founders “the Allen Brothers” and Houston’s unsung founder, Charlotte Baldwin Allen, the “Mother of Houston.”

Mister McKinney’s open-air bus will be offering bus tours of downtown Houston throughout the day. Bus tour times on Saturday will be 2:00, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tours will be on a first come-first serve basis.

Guests will enjoy complimentary food from Bollo Woodfired Pizza, beer donated by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, soft drinks, water and a large birthday cake compliments of Three Brother’s Bakery. Downtown’s District I Council Member Robert Gallegos will serve as our honorary chair and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will join us to cut the cake around 5:00 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/happy-birthday-houstopn-tickets-66900325675

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Aug
16
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Aug
16
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Noon Lecture
Aug
15
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

The History of Houston Broadcasting 1919–2019
by Phil Stewart

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Phil Stewart has worked in in all facets of the broadcasting industry for over 35 year. He will discuss the beginnings of Radio in Houston, from the granting of licences in the early 20’s to the development of television in the 50’s. Along the way he will discuss Houstonians who were responsible for the development and innovations that affected broadcasting around the world. These would be Jessie Jones, Ross Sterling, William P. Hobby, Oveta Culp Hobby, Oscar Holcomb, Glen McCarthy, Howard Hughes and many more. He will also discuss the personalities along with tapes of their work including Ron Stone, Doug Johnson, Hudson and Harrigan, Paul Boesch, Bill Young, Dan Rather, Jessica Savitch, Steve Lundy, Larry Kane, Stevens and Pruitt, Marvin Zindler, Bill Baily and many more. Most of these recordings are over 50 years old and he will include brief programs of the 40 th and 50 th anniversaries of Houston television stations.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

For more information

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Aug
2
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

For more information.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Jul
19
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Jul
19
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Jul
18
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

120 Years of Sam Houston Park: 1899–2019
by Ginger Berni

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

The green space that would eventually become Sam Houston Park was originally part of the land granted by Stephen F. Austin to John Austin in 1824. It remained undeveloped until 1836 when it was sold to Augustus Allen and John Kirby Allen for the location of a new town to be named Houston. When they laid out the plan for their real estate venture, this area was outside the city limits.

In the 1890s, social reformers nationwide began to promote an idea known as the “City Beautiful” movement. Advocates of the movement sought to improve both the scenery in urban areas and the inhabitants through beautification. They believed society’s ills would be swept away as the beauty of the city would inspire civic loyalty and improve morality.

Civic minded Houstonians embraced the movement and encouraged the beautification of their city as well. In 1899, under the leadership of Mayor Sam Brashear, the city acquired land to establish its first municipal park. The park was simply named City Park until 1902 when it was changed to Sam Houston Park.

Come learn more about the development of Sam Houston Park and how it has changed over the years.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Jul
5
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Jul
5
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

San Felipe: It’s Not Just a Street in Houston
by Bryan McAuley

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

San Felipe de Austin, the headquarters town of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Mexico ultimately became one of the great “lost” stories of early Texas history. The town itself was lost to fire during the Runaway Scrape of the Texas Revolution and the geography of this story was lost as a result of several factors – the late relocation of the revolution government to Washington on the Brazos, the migration of the capitals of the Republic of Texas, the untimely death of Stephen F. Austin and the inability of the town to quickly recover from its tragic fate. In 2018, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) completed a new museum facility to share the stories of this forgotten place – stories of people, events and activities that would shape the march to a new nation on Texas soil. San Felipe de Austin emerged as the place where Spanish Texas transitioned into the Republic of Texas in the quick span of just 15 years. In this short program site manager Bryan McAuley shares some of these forgotten stories and the ongoing plans that the THC has for improving the site and the visitor experience offered there.

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Jun
19
10:00 AM10:00

Come Celebrate Juneteenth at The Heritage Society

Sam Houston Park
Admission $1 for tour of Yates House and 4th Ward Cottage

Plan to visit The Heritage Society on Emancipation Day, Wednesday, June 19 between 10 am to 2 pm as we offer $1 tours of the Jack Yates House and the Fourth Ward Cottage. Tour docents will explain what these homes represent in the history of Houston. We will be offering refreshments in the Bandstand. Please stop by on your lunch hour or make an afternoon out of it by visiting our Museum. For more information, please contact Sheryl Tyler @ styler@heritagesociety.org.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
May
3
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
May
3
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Apr
19
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Apr
19
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

Lamar’s Folly
by Jeffrey Kerr

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Mirabeau Lamar seeks nothing less than a Texas empire that will dominate the North American continent. Brave exploits at the Battle of San Jacinto bring him rank, power, and prestige, which by 1838 propel him to the presidency of the young Republic of Texas and put him in position to achieve his dream. Edward Fontaine, who works for and idolizes Lamar, vows to help his hero overcome all obstacles, including the substantial power of Sam Houston. Houston and Lamar are not only political, but personal enemies, and each man regards the other with contempt. Join us as Kerr discusses his fictional story of real characters and events in Texas history.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Apr
5
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Apr
5
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cost $10

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. 

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