Events

August 2019

August 21

In 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower made the admission of Hawaii as the 50th state of the Union official. Celebrate the inclusion of America’s tropical paradise with Hawaiian-themed crafts. Free!

August 22

Joy Simpson, Higginbotham

When operating within a modest budget, it is crucial to understand what types of insurance are the most beneficial and necessary to your organization. In this webinar, Joy Simpson will describe the various coverages available to you and how they function when there is a claim. Joy will also discuss current trends in insurance and some best practices in...

August 24

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. FREE!

 

August 24

Come celebrate ths dedication of a historical marker for East Springfield Baptist Church. For more information, please contact Hum1925@etex.net.

August 31

Get some dirt under your fingernails working in the kitchen garden of Landmark Inn. We will be planting seeds in our raised beds for our fall garden.

$4 for adults, $3 for children. Family rates available. Free for Friends of Landmark Inn.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring your own sunscreen, gloves, sun hat, and water bottle.

August 31

Fort Griffin has an extensive history involving both the military fort, as well as the nearby ghost town, known as The Flat, that at one time was the largest town between Dallas and El Paso. 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 31

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.

Join us as local area astronomers share...

September 2019

September 5

Michelle Mileham, Tracy Aviary

In the museum profession, leaders don't always have to be managers. Over the course of a career, we can build capacity within ourselves to become a great leader. What exactly does that look like? Whether you're an established manager, just beginning your museum career, or are a mid-career professional, you'll gain some new insights into how to care for...

September 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. 

On Friday, September 6th at noon, Alexander Fowzer from the Rotary Club of Paris...

September 14

The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site is participating in the Red River Valley Tourism Association's Stroll n Roll again this year on Saturday, September 14th. Self-guided tours of the Maxey House will be offered FREE of charge between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. 

Along with free self-guided tours, visitors to the site will be able to participate in activities on the lawn as...

September 14

Come celebrate the 175th birthday of Castroville! The celebration will boast food, crafts, performances, tours, historical reenactments and SO MUCH MORE! Begin the celebration with the Founders' Day 5K and then make your way to September Square for the Opening Ceremonies at 9:30* by the local chapter of The Daughters of The Republic of Texas. Pick up a map and enjoy various activities taking...

September 14

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September 19

Please join us for Storytime with Dan the Donkey at our barn on the third Thursday of the month beginning on September 19, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  We will feature a selection of children’s picture books for the enjoyment of children 3-6 years of age with their teacher, parent, or caregiver in attendance.  Seating is limited.  The event is free and reservations are recommended.  Call...

September 19

Stephanie Allen-Givens, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

One challenge that all museums face is maintaining a good environment for their objects. Poor control over temperature, relative humidity, and light levels in storage and exhibit spaces can have detrimental effects on everything in the collection. This webinar will explore the basics of how the museum environment can impact...

September 20

Guest speaker: Dr. Jennifer Brown, Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

For September's lecture, Dr. Brown will be speaking about the South Texas Stories Oral History Project she codirects at TAMUCC. Admission is FREE! Just bring your lunch and enjoy!

September 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 September 20th, we will be reading and discussing The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport.

If you can’t...

September 21

Homeless dogs need walks and love too! Come to the Confederate Reunion Grounds and take an adoptable pup for a walk. Walk a mile, walk the trails, or just enjoy walking around on the Site grounds. Maybe we can help these lovable fur-babies find their forever homes! LARAS House will be on site with the bus and their adoptable dogs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Know someone looking for a new fur-...

September 21

Our largest event on-site every year.  We will feature tractors, livestock, and demonstrations throughout the day.

 

September 21

Join us to craft handmade soap with a few colorful swirls. Great activity to share with family and friends. All supplies wil be provided and you will leave with your aromatic creation! 

Perfect for gifting!

Aimed at ages 12 and above.

Registration is required as planning for supplies is necessary.

Cost: $5

In case of cancellation, inform the site 72...

September 28

Fort Griffin has an extensive history involving both the military fort, as well as the nearby ghost town, known as The Flat, that at one time was the largest town between Dallas and El Paso. 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 28

Come celebrate the dedication of Historical Texas Cemetery designation and historical marker for Kyle Family Pioneer Cemetery. An informal cemetery tour will be given at 2 pm highlighting some of the graves in both the Kyle Family Pioneer Cemetery and the Kyle Cemetery which adjoins it. The marker dedication ceremony will begin at 3 pm.  For more information, please contact jmb@austin.rr.com...

September 28

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.

Join us as local area astronomers share...

October 2019

October 1

As part of Archeology Month, the Sam Bell Maxey House is presenting "Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Evergreen."

Gravestones are very personal things, used to represent the people that they honor. In the past, different symbols and carvings on gravestones held certain meanings and told the viewer something about the deceased.

Throughout the month of October, visitors...

October 1

As part of Archeology Month, the Sam Bell Maxey House is presenting "Gravestone Symbols and their Meanings in Clarksville."

Gravestones are very personal things, used to represent the people that they honor. In the past, different symbols and carvings on gravestones held certain meanings and told the viewer something about the deceased.

Throughout the month of October, visitors...

October 3

Meeting location and details are still being planned. Please check back closer to the meeting for more details. paige.neumann@thc.texas.gov 512.463.6100

October 4

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. 

On Friday, October 4th at noon, Skipper Steely from the Lamar County Historical...

October 5

Whether you want to learn how to pickle or want to reminisce about simpler times, you will not be disappointed in our quick pickle workshop. So...grab your daughter, granddaughter, mom, dad, husband, son, grandson, niece, nephew, friend, or anyone else you'd like to bring along.

Guests will choose from a variety of vegetables to pickle. You will leave with your freshly pickled veggies...

October 11

Join us for our annual Fort Griffin Living History Days!

Education Day

Education day for area schools will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019. If you are a teacher, home school parent, or school administrator wishing to have your students attend our 2019 program, please contact Eric Abercrombie by email or phone, 325-762-3592.

Living History

The...

October 11

The Eisenhower Birthplace welcomes the entire 7th Grade from Denison’s Scott Middle School as part of the annual city-wide Denison History Day event.  Please be aware of this extra activity as you plan your visit to the Eisenhower Birthplace.

October 11

Guest speaker: Dr. Amy Earhart, Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University College Station.

For October's lecture, Dr. Earhart will be speaking about new techniques available to researchers of history and genealogy in the digital age. Admission is FREE! Just bring your lunch and enjoy!

October 12

It's General Eisenhower's 129th Birthday!  Celebrate Dwight Eisenhower’s birth in Denison, Texas, with performances, military vehicles, activities, and free Birthplace House tours.

October 12

October is Archeology month! Join the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site in celebrating by coming out and enjoying the site and learning stations. Learn about archeology digs, native American beadwork, make your own pottery and more! This event is for all ages.

Admission is FREE for school age kids. $4.00 for adults.

 

October 12

Come celebrate the dedication of a Historic Texas Cemetery designation and historical marker for Cuthand Cemetery. For more information, please contact 903-739-3373.

October 16

Mikaela Young, Bell County Museum

Developing or updating your institution's Collections Management Policy (CMP) can be a daunting task, especially for staff at small and mid-sized museums. Where do you begin? What resources are available? What information should be included in a CMP? In this webinar, Mikaela Young will discuss the basics of a Collections Management Policy and offer a...

October 17

Please join us for Storytime with Dan the Donkey at our barn on the third Thursday of the month beginning on September 19, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  We will feature a selection of children’s picture books for the enjoyment of children 3-6 years of age with their teacher, parent, or caregiver in attendance.  Seating is limited.  The event is free and reservations are recommended.  Call...

October 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 at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On October 18th, we will be reading and discussing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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

October 19

Calling all ghouls and boys to join in on spooky slime fun! This come and go event will provide all the supplies needed for youngsters and the young at heart to create spooky slime!

Registration is required as planning for correct amounts of supplies is neccessary.

Supplies will only be provided to guests that have pre-registered.

Message us via Facebook, call 903-935-...

October 19

Presented by the Friends of Landmark Inn.

Revel with historically attired Amanda's "A Man's a Man" Band for an evening of 1850s songs, merriment, and spirits. Medina River Winery will host a cash bar featuring several wines. Heavenly Q food truck will be serving a delicious fare.

October 26

Join us for our Archeology Day Open House with free tours of the Rayburn family home every 30 minutes and outside activities for the children.

 

October 26

Please join us at the Willow Wild Cemetery, 1220 W. 7th St., in Bonham for a free tour of the burial locations of influential citizens of Bonham and Fannin County with ties to Sam Rayburn and his family.

October 26

Come and join the Confederate Reunion Grounds for a Spooktacular Fall Festival! There will be candy, crafts and games galore. You can even get your face painted and play Trap Ball with our TPWD Friends from Ft. Parker State Park!

Make sure to come dressed in your Halloween best for the costume contest. Prizes go to: Most Creative, Scariest & Cutest. Age groups for costume contest...

October 26

Did you know that Halloween was not always about costumes and trick-or-treating? To turn-of-the-twentieth century Americans, it was a holiday for love and romance. Come learn about and participate in old-time Halloween traditions and games on October 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. while touring the Sam Bell Maxey House at night.

Admission is $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. If you...

October 26

It is said things look different in the dark, and that is true of the Sam Bell Maxey House, especially around Halloween. The Maxey House will be open late on October 26 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. for “Maxey by Candlelight.” Visitors are invited to step inside after night has fallen and the lights are dimmed to learn about Victorian death, funeral, and mourning traditions.

Admission is $5...

October 31

Calling all Mummies, Daddies, and Kiddies!  Join us at the Maxey House on Thursday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Halloween Open House.  There will be plenty of Halloween-themed crafts and games for all to enjoy, and to prevent any tricks, there will also be treats.  Don’t be a scaredy-cat, come out and have a spooktacular time!

November 2019

November 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. 

On Friday, November 1st at noon, Reagan Skaggs from the Paris Kiwanis Club will...

November 2

This 19th Century Carnival themed outdoor event is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy 19th century toys and games, viewing living history demonstrations including blacksmith demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, art show, and making their own old-time crafts, and more. Maplecroft, the 1870 home of Frank and Clara Starr, will be available for tours. Tour tickets can be purchased...

November 2

Come celebrate the re-dedication of a historical marker for De La Zerda Cemetery. For more information, please contact wilsonhistory@yahoo.com.

November 8

On Friday, November 8, 2019, Landmark Inn State Historic Site presents Pioneer Days School Field Trip Day. Students will learn stories from the past at exciting exhibits that all ages will love including surveying, spinning, open fire cooking, mules and wagon, and more.

Cost is $1 per student, $3 for accompanying adults. Reservations are required. Call 830-931-2133 to make your...

November 8

Guest speaker: Justice Ken Wise, host of the award winning "Wise About Texas" podcast.

For November's lecture, Justice Wise will be discussing significant events in Texas History that took place in and around Aransas County. Admission is FREE! Just bring your lunch and enjoy!

November 9

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, Landmark Inn State Historic Site presents Pioneer Days. By day, visitors will learn stories from the past at exciting exhibits that the whole family will love including surveying, spinning, open fire cooking, mules and wagon, and more. By night, visitors can return for a guided candlelight tour into the past.

Exhibits will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p....

November 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 November 15th, we will be reading and discussing The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.

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

November 16

Bring your photos and your friends! We will show you how to tranfer photos to various surfaces with a few craft supplies. All supplies will be provided, except your photos. Everyone will leave with their own handmade momento.

BYOP!!!

Cost: $5

Reservations are required. 

Register by messaging via Facebook, by phone, 903-935-3044, or e-mail kellie.farr@thc.texas....

November 21

Please join us for Storytime with Dan the Donkey at our barn on the third Thursday of the month beginning on September 19, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  We will feature a selection of children’s picture books for the enjoyment of children 3-6 years of age with their teacher, parent, or caregiver in attendance.  Seating is limited.  The event is free and reservations are recommended.  Call...

December 2019

December 1

Please join us on Sunday, December 1, 2019, for Museum Store Sunday. Become a patron of the Eisenhower Birthplace and with every purchase you make in our museum store you support the programs and preservation of the birthplace of our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

December 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!...

December 7

Sprinkles, sparkles, and slime!!!!!!

Join in on this festive come and go event. Activities include crafting, slime making, storytime, and cookie decorating! 

All children are welcome!

This event is free.

Preregister to ensure we have enough sparkles and sprinkles to go around. 

Register via Facebook messenger, by phone 903-935-3044, or email kellie.farr@...

December 19

Please join us for Storytime with Dan the Donkey at our barn on the third Thursday of the month beginning on September 19, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  We will feature a selection of children’s picture books for the enjoyment of children 3-6 years of age with their teacher, parent, or caregiver in attendance.  Seating is limited.  The event is free and reservations are recommended.  Call...

December 19

Livingston invited St. Nicholas to the Maxey House to spend an evening with all his special friends.  During the event on Thursday, December 19th, 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...

January 2020

January 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!...

January 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 January 17th, we will be reading and discussing The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

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

February 2020

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 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...

March 2020

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 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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April 2020

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 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 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...

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 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...

June 2020

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 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...

July 2020

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 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 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...

August 2020

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 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...