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!
Greetings from Houston: Vintage Postcard Views of the City
Thurs., Jan. 24—Sun., April 7, 2019
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tues.–Sat.
Admission: $5 for adults, $2 children 5–18
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.
Specialty Tour of
First and Third Friday
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
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.
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!