Happy Birthday Houston!
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Sam Houston Park
The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park and Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston celebrated Houston’s 183rd Birthday on Saturday, August 31 and a great time was had by all! Thank you to our lead sponsor, Central Bank, as well as Taste of Texas, Bollo Woodfired Pizza, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Three Brother’s Bakery and the C. Baldwin Hotel. Jan M. Stephenson Designs sold Houston souvenirs and was generous enough to donate a percentage to The Heritage Society!
The party included a special city proclamation read by Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Congressional resolution delivered by Congress Member Sheila Jackson Lee who recognized The Heritage Society's work toward preserving and teaching Houston history. "There is so much history. We must honor it and savor it and save it." Jackson Lee said.
Mayor Turner told the party-goers how Houston has grown in its 183 years and how all need to be proud and recognize the city’s successful history. Honorary Chair, Council Member Robert Gallegos, said remembering the Bayou City’s past is important because “we need to keep our history alive in regards to where we came from, since the Battle of San Jacinto. And now we’re the fourth largest city in the United States.”
Guests enjoyed free food and beverages plus a giant cake, music, free tours of the houses with docents dressed in period costume and blowing out the candles to a rousing birthday song.
Before the event, Mister McKinney's Houston History Bus took guests on tours which traveled through downtown with Mister McKinney pointing out iconic Houston landmarks. When the History Bus arrived back at the park, people were standing in line for food and beer and listening to the sounds of The Ellen Story Trio.
Thank you again to all who helped and all who attended. It was a great celebration of Houston's 183rd Birthday.