All Historic Site Events

December 2017

December 15

Treat yourself to a very special Christmas night out at Starr Family Home’s Maplecroft Candlelight tours. This is your chance to step back in time and see how the holidays were celebrated in the 1880s. All rooms will be bathed in the soft glow of candlelight as you take in the holiday decorations and talk to staff and costumed interpreters about nineteenth century Christmas traditions. Feel...

December 15

Join us for this month's movie, the Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945.The film is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.


Admission is free for...

December 16

Gets hands on experience making a traditional holiday season treat by joining us at the Magoffin Home Vistor Center. Participants will learn how food would have been made in 19th century El Paso. The best part is eating the finished treats!

Cost:$5 per person

Age Rquirement: Must be 18 years of age and older to participate.

Must call ahead to reserve space at 533-5147,...

December 16

As part of an annual rainbow trout stocking program conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), we will be stocking our fishing pond three times with rainbow trout this winter. In an effort to help the public take advantage of this great fishing opportunity, we will be hosting our first trout-fishing day of the winter on Saturday, December 16th....

December 16

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

December 16

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
A abbreviated version of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" will be presented by John Dement, Associate Professor of Theatre, East Texas Baptist University....

December 16

Join us for our second annual Winter Star Party on December 16th at 6:30 pm! Local area astronomers will be out to share their knowledge of the night skies, telescopes, and other astronomy equipment with you! You will have the opportunity to see planets, nebulas, distant galaxies, our own galaxy, and much more! In addition to our usual night time observing, there will be hot cocoa and smores...

December 17

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On December 17th, we will be reading and discussing Christmas in the Trenches by Alan Wakefield.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We...

December 20

Join Confederate Reunion Grounds as we maintain our gardens! We will work on the areas that need it most, so areas can change dependent on weather.

Have questions? Please call Confederate Reunion Grounds at 254.472.0959 or email crg@thc.texas.gov

December 21

Miss Mamie’s is a weekly Thursday tradition. Adults meet to play dominoes and other parlor games, and enjoy refreshments.

Have questions? Please call 254.472.0959 or email crg@thc.texas.gov

December 21

Livingston invited St. Nicholas to the Maxey House to spend an evening with all his special friends.  During the event on Thursday, December 21, from 6-8 p.m., children will make Christmas-themed crafts and listen to A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, while waiting for St. Nicholas to arrive.  After St. Nicholas arrives, children will be able to...

December 22

Join us at Mission Dolores for our second annual Posada! A Christian tradition brought to Mexico from Spain in the 1500s by Catholic missionaries, a posada commemorates the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a place for Jesus to be born. The festivity will feature traditional Catholic hymns, refreshments, and a piñata. 

This event is...

December 23

Like singing? Love performing? So did the Magoffins! Join us at the Visitor Center anytime during the day and pick out your favorite holiday song on our karaoke machine, sing and drink hot cocoa. Waiting for Santa has never been more fun.

Cost: FREE

Age Requirements: All are welcome!

 

December 28

Miss Mamie’s is a weekly Thursday tradition. Adults meet to play dominoes and other parlor games, and enjoy refreshments.

Have questions? Please call 254.472.0959 or email crg@thc.texas.gov

December 30

Do you like board games? Have we got a fun day planned! Join us as we put out tables with games and serve up some hot cocoa. Whether you like trivia, strategy or a little bit of luck, we have you covered. Come in anytime during the day and find some competitors.

Cost: FREE

Age Requirements: All are welcome!

January 2018

January 6

Join us as we celebrate "Mr. Sam's" 136th birthday during Sam Rayburn Day. We'll have free, guided tours of the historic house and refreshments. This is an open house so feel free to stop by for a few minutes or a few hours! 

January 9

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  January’s theme is SNOW.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on January 9 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m.  The cost is $...

January 12

Pack a PB&J sandwich and join us at Mission Dolores on your lunch break to learn about the history of cattle ranching in Texas! Introduced by the Spanish 300+ years ago, cattle ranching played an integral role in the story of Texas and continues to shape the culture and identity of Texans. Modern-day ranching tools/terminology have Spanish origins, and a descendant of the original Spanish...

January 13

We are very excited to announce that we are reopening one of our historic Officer’s kitchens! We will be occupying and operating the kitchen in the rear of Officer’s Quarters No. 4 to create historic dishes that would have been enjoyed by the officer’s and their families. Historically, Officers ate better than the men they commanded because they could afford to purchase their own food. However...

January 20

Come learn about the sport of fencing from world class competitors! The Salle de Long School of Fencing will join us for a morning of hands-on fencing instruction, in honor of the memory of Bill Glasgow and his years as a competitor and judge of the sport.

Cost: FREE

Age Requirements: All are welcome!

Call ahead to reserve space at 533-5147, ext. 1005.

January 20

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

January 21

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On January 21st, we will be reading and discussing Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We also have...

February 2018

February 3

For members of Co. H, 8th US Infantry, this is an opportunity to work on your various accoutrement kits in preparation for upcoming events. Expert Site Staff will be available to guide you through difficult portions or just help you get started. For visitors, come see how the leather accoutrements of the Antebellum Era were made and cared for. In the time before plastic and metal containers,...

February 13

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  February’s theme is VALENTINE’S DAY.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on February 13 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m...

February 17

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

February 18

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On February 18th, we will be reading and discussing The Hundred Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey by Dawn Anahid MacKeen.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the...

February 24

The Navarro Journey Continues…An open house celebration of the diverse heritage and history marking the beginning of when Angel Navarro of Corsica settled in 1777. Historical and interactive exhibits, art, photos, music, entertainment, and on-site activities celebrating the 223rd birthday of native-born son, hero and a founding father of Texas, José Antonio Navarro.

An official event...

March 2018

March 13

Got a case of spring fever?  Find your cure at the Maxey House’s “Spring Break Extravaganza.”  Starting on March 13 through March 16, the Maxey House will have different activities and crafts each day for children and their families to participate in from 2-4 p.m. 

Tuesday – Things with Strings!  - Children are invited to the Maxey House to make their own kite while getting to try out...

March 13

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  March’s theme is MAXEYS’ BIRTHDAY.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on March 13 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m.  The...

March 14

Got a case of spring fever? Find your cure at the Maxey House's "Spring Break Extravaganza." Starting on March 13 through March 16, the Maxey House will have different activities and crafts each day for children and their families to participate in from 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday – Game Play Day – Head out to the Maxey House to play rousing games of checkers, dominoes, and marbles with friends...

March 15

Got a case of spring fever?  Find your cure at the Maxey House’s “Spring Break Extravaganza.”  Starting on March 13 through March 16, the Maxey House will have different activities and crafts each day for children and their families to participate in from 2-4 p.m. 

Thursday – Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! – Pop on over to the Maxey House for some bubblicious fun!  Children are invited...

March 16

Got a case of spring fever?  Find your cure at the Maxey House’s “Spring Break Extravaganza.”  Starting on March 13 through March 16, the Maxey House will have different activities and crafts each day for children and their families to participate in from 2-4 p.m. 

Friday – Field Day –Try your hand at croquet or knock down some pins while playing lawn bowling.  Afterwards, challenge a...

March 17

Gentle Yoga & Foraging

ALTO, Texas –– Escape town for a relaxing and rewarding yoga practice at Caddo Mounds Historic Site. Practicing yoga outdoors is a rare opportunity to cultivate not only an...

March 17

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

March 18

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On March 18th, we will be reading and discussing The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We also...

March 31

Come and enjoy various Easter activities at the Sam Bell Maxey House during Easter at the Maxey House on Saturday, March 31st, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Admission is free for all of the activities on the grounds.  The regular admission fees apply for tours of the historic house museum. 

Easter egg hunt age groups and times:
Ages 0-2 starts at 10:00
Ages 3-5 starts at 10:30...

April 2018

April 7

It is that time again!
Foraging with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site...

April 7

After the Army departed Menard County, local residents moved into the old buildings and created a town from the former army post. For decades after, the primary industry revolved around sheep and goat raising. For a time, Menard, Kimble, and surrounding counties were one of the foremost producers of wool and mohair in the United States. This program will feature the earliest days of Fort...

April 10

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  April’s theme is SPRING TIME.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on April 10 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m.  The cost...

April 14

CADDO MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE 
CADDO CULTURE DAY

ALTO, Texas –– Experience Caddo culture through a number of activities planned for April 14th, including a live performance of Caddo Indian music and dance. Other activities include: talks about Caddo culture, guided hikes, children's activities, exhibits by Caddo artists, and more. Food vendors TBA. Activities are scheduled...

April 15

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On April 15th, we will be reading and discussing A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We also have...

April 21

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

May 2018

May 4

Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on May 4 and 5, 2018, as Living Historians from around the state gather to portray life as it would have been at the fort in the 1800s. Throughout the day, activities will include military drills, Native Indian demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, Chuck Wagon demonstrations, the Texas Camel Corps, the Texas Longhorn herd, a one-...

May 5

ALTO, Texas –– Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to an early Saturday morning Bird Watching program. Bird watching, aka “Birding”, is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the nation and Caddo Mounds will be hosting both a classroom session and walk around its wooded and wet land areas. Come join us; spring is the best time for hearing bird song and seeing a bird’s colorful...

May 6

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will offer FREE admission to all 20 THC state historic sites on Sunday, May 6th, including the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site in Paris, Texas.  Stop by the Sam Bell Maxey House between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm for a free tour.

May 6

Free admission during the Texas Historical Commission's Free Sites Day.  Visit any one of the 22 State Historic Sites on Sunday, May 6, 2018 and receive free admission. 

The Sam Rayburn House will offer free, guided tours and refreshments.
 

May 8

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  May’s theme is MOTHER’S DAY.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on May 8 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m.  The cost is $...

May 12

Primitive Technologies Series: 
Primitive Tools and Friction Fire Starting

ALTO, Texas –– Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to the first in a series of Saturday afternoon programs to learn about the early technologies used by prehistoric Native Americans – the spear, atlatl, bow, and throwing sticks.

Activities will include classroom instruction,...

May 19

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

May 20

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On May 20th, we will be reading and discussing The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We also have an...

June 2018

June 9

Come out to the Fort and meet with various historic tradesmen (and women) as they show off their skills in their various crafts. From blacksmithing and tailoring to photography and carpentry, many historic trades will be featured, displaying the life of craftsmen before factories made them obsolete. After you visit the fort, be sure to swing down to the Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department...

June 12

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  June’s theme is FATHER’S DAY.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on June 12 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m.  The cost...

June 16

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

June 21

In preparation for “Connecting the Forts: Greely’s Mission” we will be hosting another workshop that focuses on preparing members of Company I, 10th US Infantry for this immersion event slated for November 2018. This event will focus on making the pleated 1872 blouse and the 1872 kepi. The 1872 blouse is a unique garment that will require experienced site staff to assist participants in its...

June 24

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On June 24th, we will be reading and discussing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We also have...

June 26

Summer heat got you down? Get cooled off at the Sam Bell Maxey House’s Summer Sprinkler Parties! It’s your chance to run through sprinklers on the Maxey House grounds! In addition to the sprinklers, there will be other water-themed games and activities to participate in. If water isn’t your thing, come and play historic games to play on the grounds. Feel free to make an evening out of it and...

July 2018

July 10

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  July’s theme is PATRIOTIC.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on July 10 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m.  The cost is $...

July 15

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On July 15th, we will be reading and discussing A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We also have an...

July 21

Celebrate science-fiction like it's 1899! Join us as we discuss Victorian sci-fi over tea and put it in historical context. Give your opinion on some classic books that influence all of our modern sci-fi.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

Must call ahead to reserve your spot! Call 533-5147, ext. 1005.

July 31

Summer heat got you down? Get cooled off at the Sam Bell Maxey House’s Summer Sprinkler Parties! It’s your chance to run through sprinklers on the Maxey House grounds! In addition to the sprinklers, there will be other water-themed games and activities to participate in. If water isn’t your thing, come and play historic games to play on the grounds. Feel free to make an evening out of it and...

August 2018

August 7

Summer heat got you down? Get cooled off at the Sam Bell Maxey House’s Summer Sprinkler Parties! It’s your chance to run through sprinklers on the Maxey House grounds! In addition to the sprinklers, there will be other water-themed games and activities to participate in. If water isn’t your thing, come and play historic games to play on the grounds. Feel free to make an evening out of it and...

August 14

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House for his Late Nite with Livingston series!  Children and families are invited to join Livingston at the site on the second Tuesday of each month for a story and crafts based on a different theme each month.  August’s theme is SUMMER TIME.  Late Nite with Livingston will take place on August 14 from 6-8 p.m., with story time starting at 7 p.m.  The...

August 19

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On August 19th, we will be reading and discussing The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem...