Events

January 2020

January 26

Texas weather can change on a dime--trust us, we know--but don’t let that stop you from taking a tour of the San Jacinto Battleground. Explore the Battle of San Jacinto and the Birthplace of Texas from the comfort. Join us at the top of the hour for a ranger-led tour of the battlefield in the park van and learn all about the Texas Revolution and the Battle of San Jacinto.

When: Tours...

January 28

Paige Neumann

paige.neumann@thc.texas.gov

512.463.6100

January 29

Details available at our Real Places website.

The conference immediately follows the January quarterly commission meeting January 28-29, 2020. The conference and full commission meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin near the intersection of I-35 and US 290. Contact Brad Patterson about complimentary registration. 

Hosted by the Friends of the Texas...

January 29

Quaterly Committee and Full Commission Times

9:00 a.m.     Finance & Government Relations Committee

9:15 a.m.     Executive Committee

9: 30 a.m.    Full Commission Meeting

 

For posted agendas go to www.sos.state.tx.us

Go to the light blue bar and click Rules & Open Meetings click on Open Meetings.

Under Quick Links click on View...

January 31

Join us for an hour of hot cocoa and cookies as we stay open a little later for you to enjoy our site! Come inside the Visitors Center to get a cup of cocoa, eat some cookies, explore the gift shop and read the history of our site through our text panels. Everyone is welcome to go and explore the site as well! 

Admission is free during the hour of the event. 

 

February 2020

February 1

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! Seating is limited and these...

February 1

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. Seating is limited and these...

February 6

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

February 6

Every 1st Thursday The Fulton Mansion is open late until 8! Self-guided tours available from 5pm-8pm. “Affectionately Yours: Fulton Love Letters” program 6pm-7pm in the multipurpose room. The presentation is free. Last admission tickets for the mansion sold at 7:15 pm. Visitors will have time to tour the mansion following the program. 

February 7

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

February 8

 This is a FREE*, fun workshop making some neat Valentine’s gifts and treats. The craft table will be in the Visitors Center, so come and see us during our operating hours. We will be painting, coloring and crafting all sorts of fun Valentine’s. All materials will be supplied by the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Come out and join us!

 

 

*Regular admission applies if...

February 8

Have you ever come to a historic site and wanted to try the food? Here's your chance!

Enjoy the rare experience of being able to prepare and enjoy a hearth-cooked meal by joining a cooking class on either Feb. 8 or 9th, 2020.

The class, which is the same both days, will run from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. No experience needed but the class fills up quickly.

$30 per adult
No...

February 8

Join us the second and fourth Saturday of every month to 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 be on time and bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

February 8

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

February 8

Valentine themed crafting and games for the family!
Take a tour (regular tour fees apply) while you are on site.
Participation in crafting and games is free, but you must register.
Register via Facebook messenger, kellie.farr@thc.texas.gov, or call 903-935-3044

February 9

Have you ever come to a historic site and wanted to try the food? Here's your chance!

Enjoy the rare experience of being able to prepare and enjoy a hearth-cooked meal by joining a cooking class on either Feb. 8 or 9th, 2020.

The class, which is the same both days, will run from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. No experience needed but the class fills up quickly.

$30 per adult
No...

February 12

Don’t let leftovers get you down… spice them up with fun and educational discussions at the Magoffin Home! On the second Wednesday of every month we will provide a comfortable eating space, as well as guest speakers, volunteers and staff who will entertain you with topics plucked from El Paso's history and its stewardship. Bring your lunch and we supply the laughs and learning!

...

February 12

Now at a NEW time!

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 influenced all modern sci-fi. Please see our reading list for 2019 below. All books selections are available online for free from Gutenberg.org or librivox. This event is free.

Must call ahead...

February 13

Livingston runs for President!

An upcoming three-day weekend? What could be better than that?
Presidents’ Day celebrates the birthday of our first president, George Washington, but in recent years, it has become a time to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of all our presidents.
But all our presidents were kids too, at some point, and they dealt with problems many kids...

February 15

This new Presidents' Day event highlights Sam Rayburn's work with several U.S. Presidents as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy. During the event, join us for a free event themed tour of the Rayburn family's historic home, refreshments, and presidential history from 1940-1961.

February 15

Join the Eisenhower Birthplace Staff from 10 am to 2 pm for presidential crafts, games, and trivia. This year, there will be a special focus on sharing recipes that the Eisenhowers enjoyed eating.  The event is available with paid admission to the site (Family rate: 1 adult and 2 youth (6-18) or 2 adults and 1 youth $8; each additional youth is $1; children under the age of 5 are free).

February 15

Join us for an hour every month for a free family event designed to entertain and inspire children. Each month, we will read, craft, or play with kids using materials inspired by El Paso's history and culture. Call ahead to reserve space at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002. 

February 18

Join the Eisenhower Birthplace staff at the Denison Public Library (300 W. Gandy) at 6 pm to engage in a conversation about what Eisenhower did and didn’t do to further Civil Rights during his presidency. Free!

February 19

Workshop attendees will make their own baked items utilizing the site's 1880's wood burning oven and stove. Foloowing baking and clean-up, we will enjoy a cup of tea and snack to celebrate a job well done!

Registration and prepayment are required. Space is limited (4 spots per date).

Participants must be 18 years old or older.

$20 per attendee

February 20

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

February 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On February 21st, we will be reading and discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

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

February 22

MAKE & TAKE home a piece of history! Join us for our Winter Slate Workshop and create a  piece of art out of slate from the Mansion's restoration. Cost is $20 per person and will include a piece of slate from the Mansion's restoration and all needed supplies for the workshop. Ages 12+ preferred. RSVP by emailing Chandler.Wahrmund@thc.texas.gov or calling (361) 729-0386 ext. 30

February 22

A day to speak the names of nearly 200 former enslaved men, women and children.
A day to lift up our voices in honor of the sacrifice and strength of so many African American forefathers and mothers.
A day for coming together in fellowship.

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Program begins at 10 a.m. in the Picnic Loop 
Public welcome. Everyone admitted free.

...

February 22

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

February 22

Workshop attendees will make their own baked items using the site's 1880 wood burning stove and oven. After baking and clean up, all will enjoy a nice cup of tea and snack to celebrate a job well done!

$20 per person

Registration and Prepayment Required

Limited Space-Each Session is limited to 4.

18 years and up

March 2020

March 5

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

March 6

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

March 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! Seating is limited and these...

March 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. Seating is limited and these...

March 10

Create your own Fairy Garden at Starr Family Home. We will use a 3-day series to create accessories and props for a Fairy Garden. On the final day, you will go home with your very own Fairy Garden. All supplies will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own supplies and accessories to make your garden truly unique to you!

All ages are welcome. Separate space will...

March 11

Don’t let leftovers get you down… spice them up with fun and educational discussions at the Magoffin Home! On the second Wednesday of every month we will provide a comfortable eating space, as well as guest speakers, volunteers and staff who will entertain you with topics plucked from El Paso's history and its stewardship. Bring your lunch and we supply the laughs and learning!

...

March 11

Create your own Fairy Garden at Starr Family Home. We will use a 3-day series to create accessories and props for a Fairy Garden. On the final day, you will go home with your very own Fairy Garden. All supplies will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own supplies and accessories to make your garden truly unique to you!

All ages are welcome. Separate space will...

March 11

Now at a NEW time!

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 influenced all modern sci-fi. Please see our reading list for 2019 below. All books selections are available online for free from Gutenberg.org or librivox. This event is free.

Must call ahead...

March 12

Join us for craft activities and community outreach from 11 m to 1 pm inside the Visitors Center. Free! 

Children must be accompanied by adults.

 

March 12

Create your own Fairy Garden at Starr Family Home. We will use a 3-day series to create accessories and props for a Fairy Garden. On the final day, you will go home with your very own Fairy Garden. All supplies will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own supplies and accessories to make your garden truly unique to you!

All ages are welcome. Separate space will...

March 13

Join us for craft activities and community outreach from 11 m to 1 pm inside the Visitors Center. Free! 

Children must be accompanied by adults.

 

March 14

Join us the second and fourth Saturday of every month to 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 be on time and bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

March 14

Join us for craft activities and community outreach from 11 m to 1 pm inside the Visitors Center. Free! 

Children must be accompanied by adults.

 

March 14

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

March 18

Workshop attendees will make their own baked items using the site's 1880 wood burning stove and oven. After baking and clean up, all will enjoy a nice cup of tea and snack to celebrate a job well done!

$20 per person

Registration and Prepayment Required

Limited Space-Each Session is limited to 4.

18 years and up

March 19

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

March 19

Livingston Presses His Luck

Top o’ the mornin’ to you! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all things green with your little ones this month at Late Night With Livingston. Join us for some shamrockin’ fun as we make some lucky crafts and learn about the history surrounding this fortunate holiday.

March 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On March 20th, we will be reading and discussing Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

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March 21

Join us for an hour every month for a free family event designed to entertain and inspire children. Each month, we will read, craft, or play with kids using materials inspired by El Paso's history and culture. Call ahead to reserve space at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002. 

March 21

Last year was so much fun, we have decided to host another Chili Cook-off!

Chefs: Admission is $10.00 to enter your chili. Please have chili cooked and ready to go in a crock-pot or similar container. Plugs will be available for you to plug into. Please set aside a cup or so of chili out of your crock-pot for judges to taste. Please get to the Site early to set up!

 

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March 21

Workshop attendees will make their own baked items using the site's 1880 wood burning stove and oven. After baking and clean up, all will enjoy a nice cup of tea and snack to celebrate a job well done!

$20 per person

Registration and Prepayment Required

Limited Space-Each Session is limited to 4.

18 years and up

March 28

March is National Nutrition Month and with all the space the Confederate Reunion Grounds has to offer we are taking this opportunity to promote fitness and wellness with the help of CrossFit Mexia. 

Join us and the CrossFit Mexia coaches for a running clinic followed by stretches and yoga! This is a perfect opportunity to dust off those running shoes and get back at it after the winter...

March 28

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

April 2020

April 2

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

April 3

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

April 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! Seating is limited and these...

April 4

Join the Eisenhower Birthplace staff in this annual event with an egg scramble (hunt) followed by egg roll races, which pays homage to the Eisenhower’s Era traditional Easter Egg Roll on the Whitehouse lawn, and other activities.  Egg scrambles -- with three fields for different age groups -- begin promptly at 10 AM.  Please bring your own basket or container.  For youth up to age 12.  FREE....

April 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. Seating is limited and these...

April 8

Don’t let leftovers get you down… spice them up with fun and educational discussions at the Magoffin Home! On the second Wednesday of every month we will provide a comfortable eating space, as well as guest speakers, volunteers and staff who will entertain you with topics plucked from El Paso's history and its stewardship. Bring your lunch and we supply the laughs and learning!

...

April 8

Now at a NEW time!

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 influenced all modern sci-fi. Please see our reading list for 2019 below. All books selections are available online for free from Gutenberg.org or librivox. This event is free.

Must call ahead...

April 10

Governor Hogg purchased the property that became the Varner-Hogg Plantation in 1901 to have a home where his children could join him on school vacations and holidays. He probably would have enjoyed the sight of hundreds of children searching for Easter eggs filled with candy and toys at his home! Join us as "Governor Hogg," along with his pal, The Easter Bunny, reads The Tale of Peter Rabbit...

April 11

Join us the second and fourth Saturday of every month to 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 be on time and bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

April 11

Come and enjoy various Easter activities at the Sam Bell Maxey House during Easter at the Maxey House on Saturday, April 11th, 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 11

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

April 16

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

April 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On April 17th, we will be reading and discussing Bud and Me: The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boys by Alta Abernathy.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you...

April 18

Join us for an hour every month for a free family event designed to entertain and inspire children. Each month, we will read, craft, or play with kids using materials inspired by El Paso's history and culture. Call ahead to reserve space at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002. 

April 25

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

May 2020

May 1

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

May 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! Seating is limited and these...

May 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. Seating is limited and these...

May 7

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

May 9

Join us the second and fourth Saturday of every month to 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 be on time and bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

May 9

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

May 13

Don’t let leftovers get you down… spice them up with fun and educational discussions at the Magoffin Home! On the second Wednesday of every month we will provide a comfortable eating space, as well as guest speakers, volunteers and staff who will entertain you with topics plucked from El Paso's history and its stewardship. Bring your lunch and we supply the laughs and learning!

...

May 13

Now at a NEW time!

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 influenced all modern sci-fi. Please see our reading list for 2019 below. All books selections are available online for free from Gutenberg.org or librivox. This event is free.

Must call ahead...

May 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On May 15th, we will be reading and discussing Educated by Tara Westover.

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

May 16

Join us for an hour every month for a free family event designed to entertain and inspire children. Each month, we will read, craft, or play with kids using materials inspired by El Paso's history and culture. Call ahead to reserve space at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002. 

May 21

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

May 23

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

June 2020

June 4

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

June 5

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

June 6

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! Seating is limited and these...

June 6

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. Seating is limited and these...

June 10

Don’t let leftovers get you down… spice them up with fun and educational discussions at the Magoffin Home! On the second Wednesday of every month we will provide a comfortable eating space, as well as guest speakers, volunteers and staff who will entertain you with topics plucked from El Paso's history and its stewardship. Bring your lunch and we supply the laughs and learning!

...

June 10

Now at a NEW time!

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 influenced all modern sci-fi. Please see our reading list for 2019 below. All books selections are available online for free from Gutenberg.org or librivox. This event is free.

Must call ahead...

June 13

Join us the second and fourth Saturday of every month to 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 be on time and bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

June 13

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

June 18

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

June 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On June 19th, we will be reading and discussing American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton.

If you can’t make a meeting...

June 20

Join us for an hour every month for a free family event designed to entertain and inspire children. Each month, we will read, craft, or play with kids using materials inspired by El Paso's history and culture. Call ahead to reserve space at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002. 

June 27

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

July 2020

July 2

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

July 3

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

July 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! Seating is limited and these...

July 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. Seating is limited and these...

July 8

Don’t let leftovers get you down… spice them up with fun and educational discussions at the Magoffin Home! On the second Wednesday of every month we will provide a comfortable eating space, as well as guest speakers, volunteers and staff who will entertain you with topics plucked from El Paso's history and its stewardship. Bring your lunch and we supply the laughs and learning!

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July 8

Now at a NEW time!

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 influenced all modern sci-fi. Please see our reading list for 2019 below. All books selections are available online for free from Gutenberg.org or librivox. This event is free.

Must call ahead...

July 11

Join us the second and fourth Saturday of every month to 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 be on time and bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

July 11

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

July 16

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

July 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On July 17th, we will be reading and discussing The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.

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

July 18

Join us for an hour every month for a free family event designed to entertain and inspire children. Each month, we will read, craft, or play with kids using materials inspired by El Paso's history and culture. Call ahead to reserve space at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002. 

July 24

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, July 24th at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site.  Sign-in will be at the Maxey House from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. for the sleepover.  After introductions, Livingston is inviting all his new friends to stay for a story and snack beginning...

July 25

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

August 2020

August 1

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. Seating is limited and these...

August 6

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

August 7

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

August 8

Join us the second and fourth Saturday of every month to 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 be on time and bring a mat. Call 915.533.5147 if you have questions about the event.

Cost of event: FREE

August 8

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

August 12

Don’t let leftovers get you down… spice them up with fun and educational discussions at the Magoffin Home! On the second Wednesday of every month we will provide a comfortable eating space, as well as guest speakers, volunteers and staff who will entertain you with topics plucked from El Paso's history and its stewardship. Bring your lunch and we supply the laughs and learning!

...

August 12

Now at a NEW time!

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 influenced all modern sci-fi. Please see our reading list for 2019 below. All books selections are available online for free from Gutenberg.org or librivox. This event is free.

Must call ahead...

August 15

Join us for an hour every month for a free family event designed to entertain and inspire children. Each month, we will read, craft, or play with kids using materials inspired by El Paso's history and culture. Call ahead to reserve space at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002. 

August 20

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

August 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On August 21st, we will be reading and discussing All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.

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

August 22

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

September 2020

September 3

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

September 12

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

September 17

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

September 26

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

October 2020

October 1

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

October 10

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

October 15

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

October 24

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

November 2020

November 5

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

November 14

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

November 19

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

November 28

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

December 2020

December 3

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

December 12

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

December 17

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

December 26

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...

January 2021

January 7

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

January 9

***PROGRAM INFORMATION UPDATED, JANUARY 16, 2020*** This program has been moved to the afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for all dates, beginning February 8, 2020.

Explore Varner-Hogg Plantation through its artifacts, maps, photographs, documents and buildings. As a team, we’ll investigate a particular object or building and discover why it’s important to preserve it. Attend four Time Team Jr....

January 21

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world with themes that explore diversity, friendship, compassion and inclusion. Plus, children may bring their own favorite storybooks to share and...

January 23

***No program February 22, 2020. Please join us for 'A Day of Remembrance' (See separate event listing for details.)

Discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers, cowhands, and roughnecks grew crops, took care of their families, kept the plantation running, and celebrated...