Jan
30
to Jun 30

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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Feb
27
to Jun 30

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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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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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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Specialty Tour of Old Place
Dec
21
1:00 PM13:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

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

Every 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
Dec
21
11:00 AM11:00

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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Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Candlelight Tour

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 5 and under are free

After a one-year hiatus due to Hurricane Harvey, this Houston holiday tradition returns for one night only. Escape the busy holiday preparations and instead stroll through our cozy historic homes and celebrate the season. From pioneer demonstrations in our 1823 Old Place, to a fancy feast fit for the wealthiest man in town, to a humble traditional German Christmas, you will see it all!  Then, take a seat in the 1891 St. John Church and listen as The Houston Boychoir performs classic holiday songs. Food trucks will be on hand to supply a variety of food and refreshments.

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Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

Early Texas Judges: Crazy Deals and Crazy Cases
by Justice Ken Wise

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for 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.

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Jazz on the Plaza-CANCELLED
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Jazz on the Plaza-CANCELLED

The South Texas Jazz Big Band
Directed by Woody Witt

Free admission

We are very disappointed, but due to expected temperatures approaching freezing, The Heritage Society has decided to postpone the Jazz Concert scheduled for Wednesday, November 14 until the spring. We know that many Houstonians and woodwind instruments are not accustomed to the cold. We hope to see you at other THS events in the meantime including our Candlelight Tours on Satuday, December 8 from 5 to 9.

 

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

Specialty Tour of Old Place

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

Every 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
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

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

Every 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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NoTsuOh Pet Parade
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

NoTsuOh Pet Parade

Connally Plaza
1100 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002

The Heritage Society is reviving No-Tsu-Oh, Houston’s biggest historic celebration, and our first public event is a costumed pet parade and dog fest. The original No-Tsu-Oh ran from 1899 to 1915 and was filled with over a week of parades and celebrations. As we build toward a citywide renewal of this iconic Houston event with a focus on history, culture and the arts, we figured what better place to start than with our beloved pets.

One of the afternoon’s highlights will be a costumed pet parade. Pet owners are encouraged to dress up, as well, and even decorated strollers are allowed. The number of entries is limited and only friendly, socialized, well-behaved pets will be allowed. Prizes will be awarded based on overall impression and creativity.

Other pet-related entertainment will be offered along with food, beverages and a variety of vendors. Pet adoption services will also be present. More features will be added, so please check back for updates.

It takes place on Sunday, October 28 from 3 to 5 PM in our Connally Plaza, 1100 Bagby between Lamar and Dallas.

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

Specialty Tour of Old Place

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

Every 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
19
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

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

Every 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
Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Lecture

Lost Restaurants of Houston
by Paul Galvani

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

With more than fourteen thousand eating establishments covering seventy different ethnic cuisines, Houston is a foodie town. But even in a place where eating out is a way of life and restaurants come and go, there were some iconic spots that earned a special place in the hearts and stomachs of locals. Maxim’s taught overnight millionaires how to handle meals that came with three forks. The Trader Vic’s at the Shamrock offered dedicated homebodies a chance for the exotic, and Sonny Look’s Sirloin Inn maintained the reputation of a city of steakhouses. From Alfred’s Delicatessen to Youngblood’s Fried Chicken, Paul and Christiane Galvani celebrate the stories and recipes of Houston’s fondly remembered tastemakers. Hear stories about the lost restaurants of Houston.

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

Specialty Tour of Old Place

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

Every 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
5
11:00 AM11:00

Specialty Tour of Old Place

First and Third Friday
Cost: $10

Every 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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Lecture with Stephen Fox
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Lecture with Stephen Fox

Reflections on Houston
by Stephen Fox

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free admission

Great artists have used their works to fix the images of great cities: Canaletto on Venice, for example. What do the paintings in Houston Paints Houston say about the relationship between Houston and its artists? Stephen Fox will explore this question in his talk about the exhibition and the city that inspired it. The Museum Gallery will be open from 6:00–7:00 p.m. This lecture is sponsored by Center for the Advancement of Study of Early Texas Art ( CASETA).

Please rsvp to gberni@heritagesociety.org.

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