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Volunteer Gary H. and Executive Director Alison are demonstrating popular dances from the early 1900s in celebration of our Texas History FotoFest exhibit about an oil boom town in Breckenridge, TX. The exhibit is by Basil Clemons: Witness to a West Texas Boomtown and is open Tuesday- Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, $5.
Where Did the Charleston Dance Originate?
Experts in the history of dance believe that some of the Charleston's movements probably came from Trinidad, Nigeria, and Ghana. Its first appearance in the United States was around 1903 in Black communities in the southern U.S. It was then used in the Whitman Sisters stage act in 1911, and in Harlem productions by 1913. It did not become internationally popular until the musical "Runnin' Wild" debuted in 1923.
Although the origins of the dance's name are obscure, it has been traced to Charleston, South Carolina. The original version of the dance was much wilder and less stylized than the ballroom version.
Thank you Gene Fowler at Texas Highways Magazine for sharing more about our exhibit made possible by The Bryan Museum - Galveston. Our exhibit is open Tuesday- Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM. For only $5, you can see this exhibit and we have more exhibits as well.
The Trailblazing Story of Legendary Rancher Charles Goodnight Comes to Life at Houston Exhibition - Texas Highways The Charles Goodnight exhibition features six paintings and six preparatory sketches for the paintings by Colorado-based artist Lee Cable.
Vaqueros: The Original Cowboys of Texas - Texas Highways Why are the pioneers of Texas ranching a footnote in the mythology of the American cowboy?
We look forward to working with the global non-profit organization, Goodera, on a project!
Happy ! Through education, we create an environment for understanding our City's past and its progress toward diversity. Our mural Mexican-American History & Culture in 20th Century Houston tells the journeys and stories of how Houston's Hispanic neighborhoods developed. There are locally famous Mexican-American advocates on the mural from last century who represent our City's leaders in the community and government. Some are still alive today, and we continue our relationships with them or their family members.
Below are some action steps we are taking in 2022 to highlight representation:
News stations are featuring our Mexican-American mural for multiple stories;
Our board member, Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston is educating on our City's Mexican-American history on television (Lydia Mendoza and Pan American Ballroom, both on our mural);
Our favorite history professor, Dr. Gene Preuss, is participating with us for a Goodera global National Hispanic Heritage Month project for a second year in a row;
We are showcasing Hispanic artists and figureheads on social media;
We are serving on a board for the City's official Dia de los Mu***os festival and parade and plan on educating people on the tradition/holiday; and
We are working with the University of Houston's Center for Public History Dept. on a Latino cARTographies digital board that includes our mural and the history behind our mural that students and people can see from anywhere.
The mural is a free exhibit. If you would like a docent-led tour, please call us at 713-655-1912.
Members' Reception: FotoFest 2022 is upon us and we are planning a party for members. Save the Date: Thursday, September 29, at 6 PM. Laura will be emailing invitations this week. If you would like to become a member, please join here: https://www.heritagesociety.org/membership-join
Today is the last day of the exhibit Woman: Spirit of the Universe at 1100 Bagby Street. Tickets are only $5.
Listen to the podcast interview of the artist behind the bronzed collar sculptures, by board member Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston.
Coming up Tuesday on The Houston Hour, Mister McKinney and Heidi Vaughan will be interviewing Carolyn Marks Johnson. Her exhibition, Woman: The Spirit of the Universe, is currently on view at The Heritage Society. It features 21 cast bronze collars, each of which honors a woman who made a difference for other women. She’s also a Federal Judge! Be sure to tune in Tuesday at noon to 90.1 KPFT!
21 Years. There's now a whole generation that wasn't even alive when 9/11 happened. Yet many of us remember exactly where we were. It's not an event that we will ever forget.
Despite all the fear, sadness, and tragedy that surrounds the memory of September 11, what we remember most are the stories of love and bravery of regular, everyday people. Those memories serve as a poignant reminder that love, connection, and the human spirit are what really matter in life.
Take a moment today to remember the more-than 2,900 people who were killed on September 11th, and the many more first responders who have passed away since.
Thank you ABC13 Houston and Bob Slovak for coming by to film the Mexican-American History & Culture in 20th Century Houston mural by artists Laura Lopez Cano and Jesse Sifuentes.
Watch Fox26 Houston at 9 AM Friday and learn about Bellaire’s history from Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston who is also one of our board members.
We are happy to be contributing to the Heroes Run happening at City Hall this Saturday, 9/10. We attended last year and shot Live video on Instagram by The Heritage Society. Come out and cheer for who are America’s and Houston’s”’s heroes. Houston 9/11 Heroes Run
2022 Houston 9/11 Heroes Run is OPEN! Online registration for the 2022 Houston 9/11 Heroes Run is OPEN!
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to enjoy this outdoor exhibit, Faces of the Other, by artist Joe Aker.
Houston History Bus tours are a way to appreciate how the people behind the buildings & sites built downtown Houston. The weather is supposed to be perfect this weekend for an open-air bus tour too.
Watch and Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston at 7PM tonight.
On this day in 1836, General Sam Houston was elected President of the Republic of Texas. This equestrian painting depicts Houston's April 16th, 1836, decision to march toward Harrisburg rather than continuing the army’s eastward retreat. S. Seymour Thomas painted the portrait in 1893; he was the grandson of Colonel Stephen W. Blount, the last surviving signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and a good friend of Houston's.
An interesting fact about the painting is that it was exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and also at the French Salon in 1904.
Did you know?...
in 1836, Sam Houston was elected President of the Republic of Texas winning an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote against Henry Smith and Stephen F. Austin. Mirabeau Lamar was elected Vice President.
‘She brought joy’: Heritage Society’s pet mascot Harv the History Hedgehog dies Harv, a female hedgehog at the Heritage Society who charmed staff and visitors there for over five years, has died.
Harv, our mascot Houston History Hedgehog, rescued during , crossed the rainbow bridge. She lived well beyond her 5-year life expectancy thanks to her father Paul. She brought joy and education to many children and posed in front of famous historical markers, murals, and Houston tourist attractions. Her father is writing a children’s book about her adventures and the importance of animal rescue. She was our V.I.P. (very important pet) and will be greatly missed. Photo: Harv in front of God mural
What flavor should Houston's birthday cake be? Take this fun poll by Houston Chronicle that celebrates our 186th birthday on August 30!
Poll: What cake flavor is the most Houston? The Heritage Society Celebrates Houston’s 186th Birthday with Free Tours & Cake, this makes us wonder: What cake flavor is the most "Houston"
What an energetic 186th bday party! Good times with great people. Thank you Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston for hosting the annual event.
KHOU 11 News showcased Houston’s 186th birthday reminding us how resilient our City is. Thank you Zack Tawatari KHOU and the videographer Scott McKenney for “THIS IS HOME”.
'This is home' | Houston turns 186 years old The city's birthday celebration provided attendees a window into Houston's past.
It’s here! Happy Birthday Houston is today from 3-6 PM. Thank you CW39 Houston Maggie Flecknoe for telling Houston about all the free activities and fun at 1100 Bagby Street with Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston and Houston History Bus.
Houston Happens – Show full of celebrations HOUSTON (KIAH) – Happy Friday! Houston Happens host, Maggie Flecknoe, is kicking off the weekend with a show full of interviews and celebrations. We’re celebrating National Dog Day with our f…
President Dr. Annie Johnson Benifield and the team at League of Women Voters of Houston celebrated at an enlightening reception held in our gallery after a long day of volunteering at high schools. League of Women Voters of Houston
League of Women Voters wraps up week-long effort to register HISD students to vote The League of Women voters went to the halls of HISD high schools this week to register students to vote.
Thank you Grace White KHOU and KHOU 11 News for celebrating with the League of Women Voters of Houston this evening.
Interviewing League of Women Voters of Houston President Annie Johnson Benifield on and week-long effort to register students to vote at high schools across Houston Independent School District KHOU 11 News
Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston was on Univision 45 Houston this morning sharing all the free, fun activities we have from 3-6 PM. Mayor Sylvester Turner will be there to cut the delicious cake from Three Brothers Bakery. Someone will also win a weekend stay at the C Baldwin Hotel. Also, we have free tours on the Houston History Bus, free museum gallery entrance, and free historic house tours. Meet the authors of Oldest Houston and embrace our city’s treasures.
Estos son los eventos con los que se festeja el aniversario 186 de la ciudad de Houston Los festejos se llevan a cabo sábado y se han organizado algunas actividades. Mr. McKiney habla sobre los eventos y los horarios. Para más información visite la página de Internet.
Thanks to all the women’s organizations who came out for an enlightening evening of education, history, and inspiration. League of Women Voters of Houston Women's Equality Day Reception with League of Women Voters of Houston
Love parties? See what fun we are having on Saturday afternoon…https://youtube.com/shorts/r03AFxhGrlM?feature=share.
Thank you Katy News for publishing Houston’s birthday with free events this Saturday, from 3-6 PM. https://thekatynews.com/2022/08/22/the-heritage-society-celebrates-houstons-186th-birthday-with-free-tours-cake/.
The Heritage Society Celebrates Houston’s 186th Birthday with Free Tours & Cake - The Katy News The Heritage Society, Houston History Bus, Three Brothers Bakery, and the C. Baldwin Hotel are gifting Houston with free activities on August 27, 3- 6 p.m. On Saturday, August 27, grab your party hats and venture out to downtown, because Houston is celebrating its 186th birthday with Mayor Sylvester...
On Friday, August 12, The Heritage Society will feature a portfolio of stunning oil paintings by artist Lee Cable detailing the life and story of the famous cowboy and plainsman from the 1800s, Charles Goodnight. For tickets and/or inquiries about field trips, group tours, or museum gallery rentals for rodeo events, please see: https://www.heritagesociety.org/charles-goodnight-collection-2022.
Great seeing Steven Evans, Executive Director of FOTOFEST International. Thank you Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney's Historic Houston and The Houston Hour for the video.
Rest in peace Shasta of University of Houston. You will always be part of Houston's heritage and tradition.
Alison Bell loves reading Hou Chron every morning with her coffee…especially when our exhibit is mentioned in their Preview section! Come by and discover women’s history through a Hounique collection of 21 bronzed, sculptured collars by local artist Carolyn Marks Johnson. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM, only $5, and free parking. Call us regarding any of our tours at 713-655-1912.
Thank you Swoon Memorial Magazine for allowing us to inform your readers how Houstonians kept cool before air conditioning. See page 64. https://mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?m=62066&i=753949&p=66&ver=html5
Swoon Memorial Swoon Memorial _ August 2022 Page 64 A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY Design Tips Early Houstonians Used to Keep Their Homes Cool August, by far, has the hottest temperatures in Houston. Life before the invention of the Carri-er air conditioner, must have been uncomfort-ably soggy, unpleasant smelling, and physically draining. So, how did our...
Watch KHOU 11 News Great Day Houston on Thursday at 9 AM to find out some fun things to do this weekend from Mister McKinney's Historic Houston. He will be filming live from our Albert and Ethel Herzstein Museum Gallery and mentioning our new exhibit - Woman: Spirit of the Universe by Carolyn Marks Johnson.
Great article and photos about our exhibit Woman: Spirit of the Universe in the Hou Chron by in Sunday’s paper. We are open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM, starting in August. Tickets are only $5. https://www.heritagesociety.org/current-exhibition
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