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., 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.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Advanced tickets $10, at the door $15
This holiday season, visit The Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park, where we are pleased to invite you to join us as we relaunch one of Houston’s most keenly anticipated holiday traditions, our famous Candlelight Tour.
After a one-year hiatus due to Hurricane Harvey, this Houston holiday tradition returns for one night only to take you and your loved ones back in time. Escape the busy holiday preparations and instead stroll through our cozy historic homes and celebrate the season over a warm hearth. The glow of our modern downtown city provides the unique backdrop for a tranquil holiday experience in a historic park.
As you tour historic buildings adorned with traditional holiday decorations, you’ll marvel as our expert guides tell the stories of life in 19th century Houston. From pioneer demonstrations in our 1828 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, in the historic St. John Church, built in 1891 by German and Swiss immigrant farmers, you’ll be filled with holiday spirit as The Houston Boychoir performs classic holiday songs.
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!