Jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture Series: "Giving a Girl Her Chance: The Harris County Training School for Girls" By Sarah Jackson

Heritage Society

On May 19, 1914, Harris County's Commissioners Court agreed to build on five acres adjacent to Westmoreland Farms the first cottage to house delinquent and dependent girls for what would become the Harris County Training School for Girls (HCSG). Within 6 months, the dormitory built for 25 housed 28 students. By 1918, another building had been added to the campus along with 30 acres and access to an additional 50 acres.

By the 10th anniversary of the school, more than 200 girls were housed in four cottages. The HCSG gave girls a chance for a new life and was amazingly successful but has been forgotten.

Sarah Canby Jackson, Harris County archivist, will discuss why the school was successful, its demise and the records that have survived.

To reserve a box lunch for this lecture, please contact Elizabeth Martin by 11 a.m. on Sept. 18.



The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
1100 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002


$5 general admission; free for Heritage Society members.
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