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Building Arts Distinguished Lecture: Lighthouses of Texas: Science, Engineering and the Sentinels of the Sea by Steph McDougal

Constructed between 1852 and 1918, early lighthouses provided crucial aid to navigation and safety along the Texas coastline. At first consisting of simple lamps mounted on temporary wooden structu


Heritage Society exhibition opening: Following General Sam Houston, 1793–1863 by Bernhardt Wall

Artist and historian Bernhardt Wall was a producer of fine press books who treated a vast array of subjects, including Texas and the Southwest. Today, Wall's books are highly collectible a


Jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture: "Three Ballparks: Pre-WWII Baseball in Houston" By Mike Vance

One hundred twenty years before Minute Maid Park opened, Houstonians were enjoying downtown baseball. During that span, more than three-fourths of all the players enshrined in Baseball's Hall o


Building Arts Distinguished Lecture: "The Texas Company: Rehabilitation of a Houston Landmark" By Anna Mod

The Texas Company building, designed by Warren and Wetmore, is currently undergoing rehabilitation for reuse as apartments. Constructed in 1915, 1936 and 1959, the building's limestone and maso


Jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture Series: "Your Beautiful 1910 Courthouse" by Will Howard

The lecture, "Your Beautiful 1910 Courthouse," will explore the architecture and artwork of the Beaux Arts variations by Andrea Palladio of a Greek temple and a Roman palace. To reserve a


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events, celestial celebration included

By Joel Luks

Let's fling into spring, shall we? On the itinerary this week is a learn-and-play scavenger hunt, a young professionals fundraising race, an art installation that looks directly to the source o ...


Jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture Series: Texas Courthouses by Pat and Don Townzen

Longtime Houstonians Pat and Don Townzen were looking for an interesting project to occupy themselves after retirement. Don's hobby of photography led them to set out on a journe


Heritage Society hosts "A Scavenger Hunt in Sam Houston Park"

Ever wondered about the buildings and homes in Sam Houston Park? How did they get there? Who lived in them? What's inside? With a set of clues, flashlight and digital camera, participants i


Building Arts Distinguished Lecture Series: "Fighting Fire with Hope: The World's First Shriners Burns Institute" by Grace Cynkar

In 1966, the first Shriners Burns Institute opened at the University of Texas Medical Branch on Galveston Island. The institute was the first facility completely devoted to child burn treatmen


Heritage Society exhibition opening: Exploring Houston's Green History: Sam Houston Park, 1899–2014

Founded in 1899, Sam Houston Park is the first and oldest municipal park in the city of Houston. This beloved historic green space was originally part of the land granted by Stephen F. Austin to Jo


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