Feb
27
to Sep 29

Help Restore the Noble House!-exhibit

In 2019, The Heritage Society (THS) will celebrate 65 years of working to preserve Houston’s history, beginning with Houston’s oldest building. The non-profit organization was formed in 1954 to save and restore the Kellum-Noble House, which was facing demolition by the city. Originally built in 1847, the home has many stories to tell.  Nathaniel Kellum was an industrious man who operated the brickyard and lime plant that produced the bricks and plaster to construct his house. Both the Kellums and Nobles had domestic slaves and some undoubtedly worked in the brickyard, thus contributing to the home’s construction and its story.  Zerviah Noble not only lived in the home for decades, but also operated a small school there teaching young Houstonians to read and write, draw and paint, to embroider and appreciate music.  Highlights from the exhibit include original Kellum-Noble bricks, Zerviah’s silver pieces, and a “school room” complete with items from the Middle Bayou School which operated in the late 19th century near Clear Lake.

Over the years, THS has thoughtfully done preservation maintenance, continued historical research, and educated the public about Houston through the lens of the Kellums and the Nobles.  Late in 2014, THS began its most ambitious restoration project to date with the goal of stabilizing the building’s foundation.  Visitors will see an amazing video that walks you through the work we have done so far and details the future plans for the building.

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

Happy Birthday Houston!

Connally Plaza

Celebrate this important milestone with a walk into Houston’s past by visiting the FREE museum exhibits, tour the historic buildings, snap a selfie with Sam Houston himself, enjoy LIVE music from the Celtaire String Band, have a rare opportunity to hob-knob with the City of Houston founders “the Allen Brothers” and enjoy cake with Houston’s unsung founder, Charlotte Allen, the “Mother of Houston”.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and elected officials-remarks and cake cutting at 5:00 p.m.

Food provided by Bollo Woodfired Pizza.

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

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Noon Lecture
Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

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 Allread 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
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. 

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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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Noon Lecture
Mar
21
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

Giant: the Making of a Legendary American Film
Don Graham

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

Don Graham, professor from UT Austin, will share stories from his book about Giant. A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology.

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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Mar
1
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
Mar
1
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11 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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Jan
30
to May 24

Greetings from Houston: Vintage Postcard Views of the City

The city of Houston has changed dramatically over its history. As Daniel E. Monsanto notes in his Postcard History Series book on Houston, “No better medium expresses the city's transformation than the postcard. It acts as a chronicle and a window through time. One can view the earliest beginnings of the city, including horse-drawn carts in the streets and grand railway depots, to our first skyscrapers and suburban development." So much of the history of Houston is contained in The Heritage Society’s collection of over 132 postcards.

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Noon Lecture
Jan
17
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

The Incredible Importance of Rotting Paper
Judge Mark Davidson

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free 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.

 

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

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday: 11:00 a.m. & 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
Jan
4
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

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

First and third Fridays 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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