All Historic Site Events

May 2018

May 26

Prior to the chuckwagon, cowboys relied upon mostly dried beef and biscuits stored in their saddle bags for food. However, when the cattle drives began, shortly after the Civil War, in order to get longhorn beef from Texas to distance markets, it became necessary to bring along a mobile kitchen so the drovers were well fed, enabling them to put in long hours along the trail. The chuckwagon,...

May 26

Destress and stretch with Rebecca Hendricks at our Visitor Center. If you are resolved to improve your health, then you won’t want to miss this free yoga class!
Please bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

May 26

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

May 26

Come out to Fort Griffin and step back in time at our monthly Campfire Tales! Hear history and lore of longhorns, cattle drives, and of a time long ago- right where it happened! Enjoy sitting around a campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail, listening to true accounts, tall tales, and even a few ghost stories! Have some fun, and you are welcome to tell a tale of your own. And remember, when...

June 2018

June 2

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. The recipe, ingredients, and cooking supplies will be furnished. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

June 2

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

June 6

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.

June 8

Do you love mud pies and being outside? Did you ever wonder how the Magoffin Home was built? Then join us as we get dirty and build a small adobe home! Using the same methods that were used to construct the Magoffin Home, each kid will design, build and take home their very own adobe model. Attendees should wear light, comfortable clothing that can get dirty and sunblock. Hats are also...

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 9

Destress and stretch with Rebecca Hendricks at our Visitor Center. If you are resolved to improve your health, then you won’t want to miss this free yoga class!
Please bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

June 9

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

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 13

One of our favorite stories about the Magoffins are the tales of Octavia (Tia) Glasgow holding art classes in the front yard. In that tradition, this camp will embrace Tia's artistic spirit and lead attendees in a variety of arts and crafts projects! They will include paper mache, painting, drawing and sculpting in a variety of media. 

Camp starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3p.m. each day....

June 16

Fort Griffin has quite an extensive history that involves both the military fort, as well as the nearby Wild West town, known as The Flat, that at one time was bigger than both Fort Worth and Austin. With a place as significant as Fort Griffin was, there are countless stories to be told about military life at the fort, Indian raids, battles with Quanah Parker and the Comanche, pioneer settlers...

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. Please see our reading list for 2018 in the photos.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

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

June 16

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

June 16

Fort Griffin has gained quite the reputation for having some of the darkest night skies in all of Texas. Due to the remote location of the site (although only 45 minutes from Abilene), there is minimal light pollution to hinder nighttime viewing of the stars. With such a great resource at our disposal, we don’t want to let it go to waste. ...

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 22

Dress up in your Sunday best and join us at the Magoffin Home for tea! Learn all about the best way to serve tea and the expected etiquette for a tea party. Tour the Home and discover what tea time would have meant to fashionable society in El Paso. We will include tea and three courses of finger foods of which even Octavia Magoffin would approve! This class is appropriate for 6 - 10 years old...

June 22

Come beat the Texas heat at our 2nd annual Super Summer Friday Nights!! Many free family-friendly activities are planned to help cool everyone down including a water slide, 2-acres of water sprinklers for guests to run through and various water themed games. The cooling continues with popsicles for all!!...

June 23

Destress and stretch with Rebecca Hendricks at our Visitor Center. If you are resolved to improve your health, then you won’t want to miss this free yoga class!
Please bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

June 23

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

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...

June 30

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

June 30

Come out to Fort Griffin and step back in time at our monthly Campfire Tales! Hear history and lore of longhorns, cattle drives, and of a time long ago- right where it happened! Enjoy sitting around a campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail, listening to true accounts, tall tales, and even a few ghost stories! Have some fun, and you are welcome to tell a tale of your own. And remember, when...

July 2018

July 6

Do you love mud pies and being outside? Did you ever wonder how the Magoffin Home was built? Then join us as we get dirty and build a small adobe home! Using the same methods that were used to construct the Magoffin Home, each kid will design, build and take home their very own adobe model. Attendees should wear light, comfortable clothing that can get dirty and sunblock. Hats are also...

July 7

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. The recipe, ingredients, and cooking supplies will be furnished. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

July 7

All ages are invited to join us for this fun workshop where guests will make one-of-a-kind creations from junk!! Wind chime examples will be available for inspiration. All supplies provided including the entire contents of serval junk drawers! 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call 903-935-3044

$10 per Wind Chime

 

July 7

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

July 7

Fort Griffin has gained quite the reputation for having some of the darkest night skies in all of Texas. Due to the remote location of the site (although only 45 minutes from Abilene), there is minimal light pollution to hinder nighttime viewing of the stars. With such a great resource at our disposal, we don’t want to let it go to waste. ...

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 11

Kids Camp: Life in 19th Century El Paso!

Ages 6 – 8 years

$60

Wednesday thru Friday, July 11 - 13, 2018

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for some live-action role-playing! Attendees will play the parts of the early settlers of El Paso and create their own version our city. When faced with dry weather, limited resources, and the...

July 14

A New Lens: Looking at Spanish and Caddo Contact from an Indigenous Perspective

We will hold a two-day teacher workshop at Caddo Mounds SHS on July 14-15, 8:00-4:30....

July 14

Fort Griffin has quite an extensive history that involves both the military fort, as well as the nearby Wild West town, known as The Flat, that at one time was bigger than both Fort Worth and Austin. With a place as significant as Fort Griffin was, there are countless stories to be told about military life at the fort, Indian raids, battles with Quanah Parker and the Comanche, pioneer settlers...

July 14

Destress and stretch with Rebecca Hendricks at our Visitor Center. If you are resolved to improve your health, then you won’t want to miss this free yoga class!
Please bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

July 14

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

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 17

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 18

Kids Camp: Victorian Science!

Ages 8 – 10 years

$60

Wednesday thru Friday, July 18 - 20, 2018

9 a.m. – 3p.m.

 

Put on your lab coats and strap on your safety goggles as we prepare to explore science in the 1800’s! We will explore steam engines, photography, vaccines, sound recording and MORE! Kids will learn scientific method and use it to conduct...

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. Please see our reading list for 2018 in the photos.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

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

July 21

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

July 27

Join the Sam Rayburn House on July 27-28, 2018 for the annual Bonham Quilt Hop. We'll display quilts from our collection on the beds throughout the Sam Rayburn House. Admission is free and guided tours will be on the hour and half hour.

July 27

Come beat the Texas heat at our 2nd annual Super Summer Friday Nights!! Many free family-friendly activities are planned to help cool everyone down including a water slide, 2-acres of water sprinklers for guests to run through and various water themed games. The cooling continues with popsicles for all!!

 

The highlight of the evening will be a visit from the Marshall Fire...

July 28

Join us for the annual Bonham Quilt Hop on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. We will display historic quilts from the Sam Rayburn family through the beds in the historic house. Children's craft activities and refreshments. Free admission. House tours on the hour and half hour.

July 28

Destress and stretch with Rebecca Hendricks at our Visitor Center. If you are resolved to improve your health, then you won’t want to miss this free yoga class!
Please bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

July 28

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

July 28

Come out to Fort Griffin and step back in time at our monthly Campfire Tales! Hear history and lore of longhorns, cattle drives, and of a time long ago- right where it happened! Enjoy sitting around a campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail, listening to true accounts, tall tales, and even a few ghost stories! Have some fun, and you are welcome to tell a tale of your own. And remember, when...

August 2018

August 3

Do you love mud pies and being outside? Did you ever wonder how the Magoffin Home was built? Then join us as we get dirty and build a small adobe home! Using the same methods that were used to construct the Magoffin Home, each kid will design, build and take home their very own adobe model. Attendees should wear light, comfortable clothing that can get dirty and sunblock. Hats are also...

August 4

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. The recipe, ingredients, and cooking supplies will be furnished. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

August 4

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

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 10

Etiquette Class: Tea Time!

Ages 6 – 10 years

$25

Friday August 10, 2018

9:00 am - noon

 

“Dress in your Sunday best and join us at the Magoffin Home for a midday tea! Kids will learn the history of entertaining in El Paso in the 1880’s, as well as the manners that were expected at such social functions. This is a three-course tea that will include dairy...

August 10

Livingston the Lion, a stuffed animal from the late 1800s, is hosting a sleepover for your stuffed animal, doll, or action figure on the night of Friday, August 10th at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site.  Sign-in will be at the Maxey House from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. for the sleepover.  After introductions, Livingston is inviting all his new friends to stay for an early bedtime story and...

August 11

Fort Griffin has quite an extensive history that involves both the military fort, as well as the nearby Wild West town, known as The Flat, that at one time was bigger than both Fort Worth and Austin. With a place as significant as Fort Griffin was, there are countless stories to be told about military life at the fort, Indian raids, battles with Quanah Parker and the Comanche, pioneer settlers...

August 11

Destress and stretch with Rebecca Hendricks at our Visitor Center. If you are resolved to improve your health, then you won’t want to miss this free yoga class!
Please bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

August 11

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

August 11

Fort Griffin has gained quite the reputation for having some of the darkest night skies in all of Texas. Due to the remote location of the site (although only 45 minutes from Abilene), there is minimal light pollution to hinder nighttime viewing of the stars. With such a great resource at our disposal, we don’t want to let it go to waste. ...

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 15

Kids Camp: Saving History!

Ages 8 - 12 years

$60

Wednesday thru Friday, August 15-17, 2018

9 a.m. – 3p.m.

 

Put on your masks and capes and get ready to save history! Kids will learn that history is all around them. From their Tia’s sacred recipe for chile con queso to Dad’s first handmade Christmas ornament to Grandma’s stories about the good old days...

August 18

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. Please see our reading list for 2018 in the photos.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

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

August 18

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

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...

August 24

Come beat the Texas heat at our 2nd annual Super Summer Friday Nights!! Many free family-friendly activities are planned to help cool everyone down including a water slide, 2-acres of water sprinklers for guests to run through and various water themed games. The cooling continues with popsicles for all!!

 

The highlight of the evening will be a visit from the Marshall Fire...

August 25

Destress and stretch with Rebecca Hendricks at our Visitor Center. If you are resolved to improve your health, then you won’t want to miss this free yoga class!
Please bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

August 25

This workshop is open to ages 15 and up and is aimed at anyone interested in researching their genealogy. This is a beginner course and will cover the very basics of research. Computers are not needed but you are welcome to bring yours. There is no WiFi in the building. Guests will take away resources to help them start their search....

August 25

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

August 25

Come out to Fort Griffin and step back in time at our monthly Campfire Tales! Hear history and lore of longhorns, cattle drives, and of a time long ago- right where it happened! Enjoy sitting around a campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail, listening to true accounts, tall tales, and even a few ghost stories! Have some fun, and you are welcome to tell a tale of your own. And remember, when...

September 2018

September 1

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

September 8

Fort Griffin has quite an extensive history that involves both the military fort, as well as the nearby Wild West town, known as The Flat, that at one time was bigger than both Fort Worth and Austin. With a place as significant as Fort Griffin was, there are countless stories to be told about military life at the fort, Indian raids, battles with Quanah Parker and the Comanche, pioneer settlers...

September 8

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

September 8

Fort Griffin has gained quite the reputation for having some of the darkest night skies in all of Texas. Due to the remote location of the site (although only 45 minutes from Abilene), there is minimal light pollution to hinder nighttime viewing of the stars. With such a great resource at our disposal, we don’t want to let it go to waste. ...

September 15

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. Please see our reading list for 2018 in the photos.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

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

September 15

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

September 22

Join us for our biggest event of the year, Farming Heritage Day, on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We'll have many hands-on activities for families, antique tractor displays, farm animals, games, a cattle judging competition, cotton ginning demonstration, food, tours and more!  The event is free.  Make plans now to join us for all the farming fun at "Mr. Sam's" house!

September 22

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

September 29

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

September 29

Come out to Fort Griffin and step back in time at our monthly Campfire Tales! Hear history and lore of longhorns, cattle drives, and of a time long ago- right where it happened! Enjoy sitting around a campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail, listening to true accounts, tall tales, and even a few ghost stories! Have some fun, and you are welcome to tell a tale of your own. And remember, when...

October 2018

October 6

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

October 6

Join us as Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site celebrates its annual Harvest Festival. Hop aboard a fun-filled hayride and spend the evening strolling through the barn to see the tools and wagons used during harvests of the 1800s. Stop by the garden to see sugar cane grow, learn how it’s harvested, and even taste a sample. Visitors may also take pictures with one of the site’s...

October 12

Join us for our annual Fort Griffin Living History Days!

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October 13

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

October 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. Please see our reading list for 2018 in the photos.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

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

October 20

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

October 20

Come out to Fort Griffin and step back in time at our monthly Campfire Tales! Hear history and lore of longhorns, cattle drives, and of a time long ago- right where it happened! Enjoy sitting around a campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail, listening to true accounts, tall tales, and even a few ghost stories! Have some fun, and you are welcome to tell a tale of your own. And remember, when...

October 27

The 2018 Cemetery Walking Tour of Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. Explore the graves of World War I veterans and learn of their activities during the "Great War." Refreshments served. The tour is free.

Tour begins near Willow Wild Cemetery entrance gates at 10 a.m. on October 27.
 

October 27

Travel back in time on the historic El Camino Real De Los Tejas! Enjoy food, fun, pioneer skills, presentations, crafts, music, and guided hikes. 

October is also Texas Archeology Month. You will be...

October 27

Celebrate Texas Archeology Month at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site on Saturday, October 27 from 1--3 p.m. View archeological collections recovered from the grounds of the Sam Rayburn House during a dig in 1977. Admission is free.

October 27

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear...

October 27

Join us for the “Walking with the Dead” Cemetery tour - a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s era Patton Family Cemetery, and learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness. Then, step into the plantation house for a candlelit look at the death of the site’s last owner, Governor James S. Hogg, and the...

November 2018

November 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. Please see our reading list for 2018 in the photos.

Cost: $5

Age Requirement: All are welcome!

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

December 2018

December 8

Get into the holiday spirit at the Sam Rayburn House by joining us for the annual Holiday Open House. Come see "Mr. Sam's" home decorated for the holidays, enjoy tasty treats, and kids can take part in a craft activity. Tours on the hour and half hour. Admission and tours are free. 

December 15

Step back in time and tour the plantation house decorated in the style of a mid-1800s Texas Christmas. See the feather tree, learn about toys popular for gift giving during this period, and view the dining room table set for a sumptuous holiday feast. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season, wassail, and Christmas cookies. Victorian Santa will also be available for photos. The entry...