Events

January 2023

January 31

This meeting of the Texas Historical Commission has been properly posted with the Secretary of State’s Office according to the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551, Texas Government Code. The members may discuss and/or take action on any of the items listed in the agenda.

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

Go to the light blue bar and click Rules...

February 2023

February 1

This meeting of the Texas Historical Commission has been properly posted with the Secretary of State’s Office according to the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551, Texas Government Code. The members may discuss and/or take action on any of the items listed in the agenda.

Members of the public will be able to observe a livestream feed using the following link on...

February 4

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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February 4

Join us on Saturday, February 4th for a family-friendly, living history demonstration!

In 1827, Austin's militia was sent to the Nacogdoches area to quell a small rebellion against the Mexican government. At the time, most Texians still had loyalty to Mexico and the rebellion was seen as an unpopular defiance. Staff and volunteers in period clothing will perform military demonstrations...

February 4

How did the Army feed hundreds of soldiers on a remote frontier fort? Come see how this post made up for a lack of supply with its own garden and local game while soldiers prepare meals in an open hearth kitchen. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

February 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. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

February 4

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

February 4

When they learned that Santa Anna was marching an army towards them, many Texian settlers left their homes and fled east in terror. Thousands of civilians, mostly led by women, made the difficult, dangerous journey known as the Runaway Scrape. Join us at our February San Jacinto Family Day program to hear real stories of the Runaway Scrape and see if you can make it to safety in the Surviving...

February 4

Join us to create some Valentine's Day crafts and help decorate the museum for Valentine's Day. Craft materials, instructions and take home packets supplied. 

February 5

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

February 11

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

February 11

Join us at the Sam Bell Maxey House from 10:00 am or 2:00 pm to make your own Victorian-style Valentine and tour the Maxey House! The workshop is FREE.

While you are here, stop and view the historic Valentine's letters that belong to the Maxey Family!

Make sure to check out the gift shop for some cool new items and maybe a gift for your special someone.

February 11

You are invited to the wedding anniversary of Rachel Virginia Kennard and Henry Fanthorp! Join us in commemorating the 189th anniversary of the couple that started it all. Hear the story of their early life, courtship, and marriage, and discover the traditions associated with an 1830s wedding. 

Saturday only, from 11-3, Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early...

February 11

Join us for our Annual Kid Fish Event. On February 11, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Kids of all ages have the chance to fish in the river on our site with cane poles, and they get to keep what they catch. 

February 11

10a-4p

Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and help make brines for food preservation and mordants, examine colorful varieties...

February 11

Join us at 10am in the Nature Center at Stephen F. Austin State Park (located 1 mile west of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site) for a program about the transfer of political power that occurred in Texas' early history. San Felipe de Austin served as a de facto capital of Texas for Anglo settlement while a part of Mexico. As the war with Mexico progressed, political power transferred to...

February 11

Feb. 11th, 12-2pm

Before technology, friends and family members would spend their time creating games and forms of entertainment that often had the whole family laughing. Come out to the Kreische house this weekend to learn a few of our favorites found in historic books and documents from the 1800s. We will be playing in the formal parlor room of the Kreische house. Additional house...

February 11

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a bike ride at the battleground. Join us every second Saturday for guided bike tours of the Birthplace of Texas.

When: every second Saturday; 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument; between the reflection pool and the Monument

Activity Level: Easy. Most of the...

February 11

Join us at the Sam Bell Maxey House from 10:00 am or 2:00 pm to make your own Victorian-style Valentine and tour the Maxey House! The workshop is FREE.

While you are here, stop and view the historic Valentine's letters that belong to the Maxey Family!

Make sure to check out the gift shop for some cool new items and maybe a gift for your special someone.

February 11

When Joseph Magoffin helped write the articles of Incorporation for El Paso, he helped shape the modern city. In this series, we will compare Joseph’s vision for El Paso to what is has become in the last 150 years. Guest speakers from municipal agencies will be invited to speak about their departments and let us know why and when we might need to call upon them to help us keep El Paso thriving...

February 12

10a-4p

Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and help make brines for food preservation and mordants, examine colorful varieties...

February 12

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and...

February 15

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

February 15

Join us for our webinar discussing the ins and outs of historical research. 

Take a step forward into the world of historical research. Learn helpful techniques and tools you can use when starting a research project. Historical Research 101 will help you learn how to start on historical research, no matter the topic. Utilizing different types of research and organization methods, your...

February 17

Join Machelle as she leads a walk through the Magoffin Historic District and discusses the history of El Paso and its architecture. Wear comfortable shoes and seasonable clothing as this walk is 1.75 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. A special themed cocoa will be served and holiday dress is encouraged. Call in advance to 915-533-5147, ext. 1006, to register for this event.

February 17

Event will be held at the Burton Memorial Library in Clarendon, Texas! Old letters gathering dust in attics contain important historical information, however, they are often difficult to read because the people of the past used a different style of handwriting than we do today, and this workshop will teach you techniques that will make your old letters readable!

February 18

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

February 18

Living historians will be fine-tuning their skills while they portray a frontier winter encampment with demonstrations that may include dutch oven cooking, bullet casting, crafting paper cartridges, making rag rugs, archery, sharpening knives and axes, and general day to day activities typical around a military/frontier encampment. General admission applies to spectate this event.

If...

February 18

Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month, staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington supplying a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas. The program features activities suited for the entire family. Try your hand at quill...

February 18

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal in winter of 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields turned fallow, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc....

February 18

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era.  This month we’ll be learning basic embroidery stitiches and take home a small project from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

February 18

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and...

February 18

BOOM! Have you ever wondered how to load a cannon or seen one fired? This weekend, visitors to the San Jacinto Monument can learn how to load a cannon and watch regular cannon demonstrations. It will be a blast, literally!

When: Saturday, February 18; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; cannon fire will be on the hour and the half hour

Where: Outside the San Jacinto Monument

Ages:...

February 18

Houston is rarely cited in the same breath as New York, Miami or Los Angeles when it comes to Art Deco. But the city boasts many gorgeous examples of the Jazz Age style, including the San Jacinto Monument, as the result of a conscious effort by Bayou City leaders to shape a new image in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Join us on Saturday, February 18 for an illustrated lecture by Jim Parsons, co-...

February 19

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal in winter of 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields turned fallow, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc....

February 23

Join us at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site at 6pm on Thursday, February 23rd for the special presentation, Frontier Naturalists in Austin's Colony: Exploring the Landscape of Two Texas Revolutions, about the natural history of Texas leading up to the Texas Revolution with speaker and site volunteer Frank Michel. This event is part of our History at Night series and is free of charge...

February 25

Come join the Comal County Historical Commission and Bill & Bonnie Leitch as they host the historical marker dedication for the Albert & Marie Kopplin House.

For more information, please contact Florence Borchers, Marker Chair for the Comal County Historical Commission at hborchers@satx.rr.com.

February 25

10a-6p

Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, February 26th from 10am to 3pm on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. The admission-free event...

February 26

10a-3p

Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, February 26th from 10am to 3pm on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. The admission-free event...

March 2023

March 1

When Joseph Magoffin helped write the articles of Incorporation for El Paso, he helped shape the modern city. In this series, we will compare Joseph’s vision for El Paso to what is has become in the last 150 years. Guest speakers from municipal agencies will be invited to speak about their departments and let us know why and when we might need to call upon them to help us keep El Paso thriving...

March 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. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

March 4

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

March 4

On an active cattle ranch like the McCormick’s at San Jacinto, the family would have churned butter a couple of times a week. Once the cows were milked, the milk was left to settle so the cream could rise to the top. The cream was then skimmed off and added to a churn, where the constant motion produced butter by separating the yellow fat from the buttermilk.

Join us at our March San...

March 5

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

March 7

Come join the dedication of the historical marker for Comstock Cemetery.

March 10

Settlers living in dugout homes in the Texas Panhandle from c.1875-1900 had to overcome extreme challenges to survive in this region. Learn about the innovative ways settlers overcame those challenges during this special Spring Break program running March 10th & 11th at 3pm then March 14th thru the 18th also at 3pm everyday. We look forward to seeing you there!

March 11

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

March 11

In the 1830s, the prairie and marsh surrounding the San Jacinto Battleground were full of edible plants. Residents at San Jacinto, first Native Americans, then Texian settlers, relied on these plants for food. Thanks to the hard work from our prairie restoration volunteers, many of these native plants have returned to San Jacinto.

On Saturday, March 11, foraging expert Dr. Mark “...

March 11

For well over 80 years, Fort McKavett was home to generations of Texans in Menard County. The site is proud of its heritage as a robust ranching community in the heart of the Texas Sheep, Goat, and Cattle industries. We want to invite those who lived and worked at Fort McKavett, their families and their friends, and those whose lives were touched by the "Rock Chunkers" to join us as we...

March 11

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a bike ride at the battleground. Join us every second Saturday for guided bike tours of the Birthplace of Texas.

When: Every second Saturday; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument; between the reflection pool and the Monument

Activity...

March 11

10a-4p

The Girl’s Own Book (1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It recommends that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion to take home and finish. All supplies will be provided. Ongoing from 10 a.m. - 4p.m...

March 11

Join us at 10am in the Nature Center at Stephen F. Austin State Park (located 1 mile west of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site) for a program covering the story of the end of San Felipe de Austin. In March, 1836, the Runaway Scrape forced families out of the area towards America hoping to escape the approaching Mexican army. As a defensive tactic, the militia burned the town of San...

March 11

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

March 12

10a-4p

The Girl’s Own Book (1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It recommends that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion to take home and finish. All supplies will be provided. Ongoing from 10 a.m. - 4p.m...

March 12

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and...

March 13

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 14

Hands on History will run from Tuesday March 14th-18th. Each day we will have a different educational activity offered for free from 10am – 4pm:

Tuesday: Make your own cattle brand Wednesday: Ink making and writing with a quill Thursday: Educational touch table Friday: Make your own adobe brick Saturday: Corn grinding

March 14

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 14

Join us at the Maxey House during Spring Break to Build Your Own Terrarium!

We will creating terrariums for three days, March 14, 15, and 16 at 2:00 pm. Choose which day works best for you!

$10 per person
Ages 5-13 (An adult must be present)
Does not include a tour of the Maxey House

Space is limited, so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!!! (The reservation link...

March 15

Hands on History will run from Tuesday March 14th-18th. Each day we will have a different educational activity offered for free from 10am – 4pm:

Tuesday: Make your own cattle brand Wednesday: Ink making and writing with a quill Thursday: Educational touch table Friday: Make your own adobe brick Saturday: Corn grinding

March 15

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 15

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

March 15

Join us at the Maxey House during Spring Break to Build Your Own Terrarium!

We will creating terrariums for three days, March 14, 15, and 16 at 2:00 pm. Choose which day works best for you!

$10 per person
Ages 5-13 (An adult must be present)
Does not include a tour of the Maxey House

Space is limited, so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!!! (The reservation link...

March 16

Hands on History will run from Tuesday March 14th-18th. Each day we will have a different educational activity offered for free from 10am – 4pm:

Tuesday: Make your own cattle brand Wednesday: Ink making and writing with a quill Thursday: Educational touch table Friday: Make your own adobe brick Saturday: Corn grinding

March 16

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 16

Join us at the Maxey House during Spring Break to Build Your Own Terrarium!

We will creating terrariums for three days, March 14, 15, and 16 at 2:00 pm. Choose which day works best for you!

$10 per person
Ages 5-13 (An adult must be present)
Does not include a tour of the Maxey House

Space is limited, so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!!! (The reservation link...

March 17

Join the Maxey House for ST. PATRICK'S DAY BINGO!! Celebrate this fun day with BINGO prizes, a craft, and "Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun". What could be more fun?!

This event is FREE and will be held either outside if the weather is nice or in Maxey House Visitor's center.

Tours will be available, but require regular admission.

March 17

Join Machelle as she leads a walk through the Magoffin Historic District and discusses the history of El Paso and its architecture. Wear comfortable shoes and seasonable clothing as this walk is 1.75 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. A special themed cocoa will be served and holiday dress is encouraged.  Call in advance to 915-533-5147, ext. 1006, to register for this event.

March 17

Hands on History will run from Tuesday March 14th-18th. Each day we will have a different educational activity offered for free from 10am – 4pm:

Tuesday: Make your own cattle brand Wednesday: Ink making and writing with a quill Thursday: Educational touch table Friday: Make your own adobe brick Saturday: Corn grinding

March 17

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 17

What was life in Texas like during the Texas Revolution? What weapons did the Texian soldiers have and how did they fire them? What sort of food did the army eat while marching? And what did the women and children do while the men were away in the army?

This spring break, travel back in time to 1836 and find out!

At the Join the Texian Army spring break program, you can watch...

March 17

Join the Maxey House for ST. PATRICK'S DAY BINGO!! Celebrate this fun day with BINGO prizes, a craft, and "Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun". What could be more fun?!

This event is FREE and will be held either outside if the weather is nice or in Maxey House Visitor's center.

Tours will be available, but require regular admission.

March 18

Trail ride benefitting the Fort Griffin Living History Association (FGLHA). Lunch and drinks will be provided during a break between two phases of the ride. While on the trail, riders can expect to see the Official State of Texas longhorn herd, learn more about the Fort’s colorful history, and visit the once rowdy town of the Flat.

- Cost: $100/rider due by February 28th, 2023
-...

March 18

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

March 18

Join us from 10 am to 2 pm under the Live Oaks on the front lawn of the Visitor Center for our Farmers Market and Plant Swap.  Come shop with local vendors or bring a plant, cuttings or seeds to swap and share with others.

March 18

Hands on History will run from Tuesday March 14th-18th. Each day we will have a different educational activity offered for free from 10am – 4pm:

Tuesday: Make your own cattle brand Wednesday: Ink making and writing with a quill Thursday: Educational touch table Friday: Make your own adobe brick Saturday: Corn grinding

March 18

10a-4p

Plowing the land was a quintessential 1850s farming skill! Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton, or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks. Join Barrington Plantation and the Texas Draft Horse...

March 18

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era.  This month, we’ll be making Paper Quilt squares to celebrate National Quilt month from 11-4 or until supplies run out.  Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

March 18

What was life in Texas like during the Texas Revolution? What weapons did the Texian soldiers have and how did they fire them? What sort of food did the army eat while marching? And what did the women and children do while the men were away in the army?

This spring break, travel back in time to 1836 and find out!

At the Join the Texian Army spring break program, you can watch...

March 18

Our Spring Star Party is one of our highlights! Members of the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes out for public use. Participants must arrive by 4PM to fill out a waiver and familiarize themselves with the grounds. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

March 19

10a-4p

Plowing the land was a quintessential 1850s farming skill! Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton, or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks. Join Barrington Plantation and the Texas Draft Horse...

March 25

Henderson Yoakum is one of the notable Texans who stayed at the Fanthorp Inn. Discover the story of this prominent Tennessee politician turned Texan historian and lifelong friend of Sam Houston. 

Saturday ONLY from 11-3 hop aboard our reproduction stagecoach for a ride down Main St in Anderson, TX.

The Texas Historical Commission presents Fanthorp Inn to you without admission...

March 25

10a-4p

Spring has sprung- and there is so much to do! Who has time to be sick? Many families had their own special recipes for a Spring Tonic to boost their immune systems for a jump on their spring chores. Learn how families concocted these remedies from their own herbs and other items in their garden and house. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for...

March 26

10a-4p

Spring has sprung- and there is so much to do! Who has time to be sick? Many families had their own special recipes for a Spring Tonic to boost their immune systems for a jump on their spring chores. Learn how families concocted these remedies from their own herbs and other items in their garden and house. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for...

April 2023

April 1

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

April 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. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

April 1

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

April 1

Soldiers in the Texas Revolution did more than just fight. They were also responsible for making their own ammunition! At the Ammo of the Texas Revolution program, learn how bullets were made and how ammunition worked during the Texas Revolution. Kids can also help us make a wax bullet to take home.

When: Saturday, April 1; drop in between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Outside...

April 1

When Joseph Magoffin helped write the articles of Incorporation for El Paso, he helped shape the modern city. In this series, we will compare Joseph’s vision for El Paso to what is has become in the last 150 years. Guest speakers from municipal agencies will be invited to speak about their departments and let us know why and when we might need to call upon them to help us keep El Paso thriving...

April 2

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

April 8

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

April 8

Join us at 10am in the Nature Center at Stephen F. Austin State Park (located 1 mile west of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site) for a program covering the technology and techniques used by those in the printing office at San Felipe de Austin. San Felipe de Austin hosted a couple of different newspapers that operated over a few different years, while also printing documents needed by...

April 8

Hop aboard our replica stagecoach for a tour of what contemporaries called the "Rome of Texas". Along your journey a historical interpreter will travel with you and inform you about the way the town has changed over the generations.

Texas Historical Commission presents Fanthorp Inn to you without admission fees but with a suggested donation of $4 ($10 w/ coach ride) for adults and $2...

April 8

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a bike ride at the battleground. Join us every second Saturday for guided bike tours of the Birthplace of Texas.

When: Every second Saturday; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument; between the reflection pool and the Monument

Activity...

April 8

10a-4p

Dr. Jones was an enthusiastic reader who enjoyed books and poetry. His library contained more than 1,000 books in 1858. Learn about his favorite authors and opinions of their work. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 8

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

April 8

The tradition of Easter egg hunts and spring celebrations within the town of La Grange can be dated as early as the late 19th century, with many reports in papers and oral histories recounting the fun and games of the season. Join us on the Bluff this Saturday to continue this tradition and make new memories in our annual Egg hunt and Osterfeuer (Easter fire). Bring a picnic and enjoy the...

April 9

10a-4p

Dr. Jones was an enthusiastic reader who enjoyed books and poetry. His library contained more than 1,000 books in 1858. Learn about his favorite authors and opinions of their work. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 15

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

April 15

Join us from 10 am- 2 pm on the lawn of the Visitor Center under the Live Oaks for our Farmers Market and Plant Swap.  Come shop with local vendors and bring a plant, cuttings or seeds to swap and share with another. 

April 15

10a-4p

Where did American music styles originate? How is the banjo connected to West Africa? Hear the answers to these questions as well as period musical instruments as you join us in the Quarter to learn the power of music in the 1850s. Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 16

10a-4p

Where did American music styles originate? How is the banjo connected to West Africa? Hear the answers to these questions as well as period musical instruments as you join us in the Quarter to learn the power of music in the 1850s. Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 19

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

April 22

This April, the San Jacinto Battleground will once again hear the booming of cannons, the cracking of musket fire, and the shouts of “Remember the Alamo!”

Join us on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the 2023 San Jacinto Day Celebration, presented by the San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield Association and the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, a day of fun,...

April 22

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 23

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 29

Are you a reenactor using black powder firearms? Fort McKavett is hosting a class on how to authentically roll 58 and 69 caliber Springfield cartridges, as well as the 577 Enfield cartridge. These cartridges are made the same way the originals were, except no projectile.

April 29

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

April 30

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

May 2023

May 1

When Joseph Magoffin helped write the articles of Incorporation for El Paso, he helped shape the modern city. In this series, we will compare Joseph’s vision for El Paso to what is has become in the last 150 years. Guest speakers from municipal agencies will be invited to speak about their departments and let us know why and when we might need to call upon them to help us keep El Paso thriving...

May 6

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

May 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. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

May 6

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

May 7

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

May 13

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

May 13

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a bike ride at the battleground. Join us every second Saturday for guided bike tours of the Birthplace of Texas.

When: Every second Saturday; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument; between the reflection pool and the Monument

Activity...

May 13

10a-4p

Learn what life was like for women in the 1850s! Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprise the main elements of the “Domestic Sphere” of nineteenth century women. Areas of responsibility change when explored from the perspective of a mother like Mrs. Jones, or an enslaved woman, like Mary, in the field. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

May 13

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

May 14

10a-4p

Learn what life was like for women in the 1850s! Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprise the main elements of the “Domestic Sphere” of nineteenth century women. Areas of responsibility change when explored from the perspective of a mother like Mrs. Jones, or an enslaved woman, like Mary, in the field. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

May 17

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

May 20

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

May 20

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on May 14, 1850 that those enslaved - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.”   The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and shovel plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

May 20

Celebrate the history of the Bluff Schuetzenverein, a German marksmanship and social organization which once made its home on the grounds of Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bluff Scheutzenverein hosted dances, concerts, picnics and shooting competitions which welcomed people from across Texas. Sites staff and volunteers...

May 21

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on May 14, 1850 that those enslaved - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.”   The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and shovel plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

May 26

The Texas Rangers were active throughout West Texas in the mid-19th Century. In 1878, there was a shootout in between Rangers and discharged soldiers from Fort McKavett at a place called "Scabtown", located a mile north of the fort. Come see living historians demonstrate their firearms and equipment like a Ranger of the mid-19th Century!

May 27

10a-4p

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual that modern conveniences have obliterated the need to do. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more...

May 28

10a-4p

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual that modern conveniences have obliterated the need to do. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more...

June 2023

June 1

When Joseph Magoffin helped write the articles of Incorporation for El Paso, he helped shape the modern city. In this series, we will compare Joseph’s vision for El Paso to what is has become in the last 150 years. Guest speakers from municipal agencies will be invited to speak about their departments and let us know why and when we might need to call upon them to help us keep El Paso thriving...

June 3

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

June 3

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. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

June 3

10a-4p

We are following the cotton cultivation methods laid out by the period account of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped from Washington D.C. in 1841, and enslaved near Holmesville, LA, which is about 280 miles from Barrington. In his book, Twelve Years a Slave (1853), Northup described using a plow to cultivate (turn under the weeds) and hand hoes for scraping close to...

June 3

Grab your cameras and come out to see the nighttime sky at McKavett! Please be on site by 4PM to fill out a waiver and familiarize yourselves with the grounds. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

June 4

10a-4p

We are following the cotton cultivation methods laid out by the period account of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped from Washington D.C. in 1841, and enslaved near Holmesville, LA, which is about 280 miles from Barrington. In his book, Twelve Years a Slave (1853), Northup described using a plow to cultivate (turn under the weeds) and hand hoes for scraping close to...

June 10

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

June 10

10a-4p

Preserving food was one of the biggest jobs in the spring and summer for the times of year when food is not as plentiful. Join us while we preserve food from the garden and discuss methods of filling our larder for the future months. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

June 11

10a-4p

Preserving food was one of the biggest jobs in the spring and summer for the times of year when food is not as plentiful. Join us while we preserve food from the garden and discuss methods of filling our larder for the future months. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

June 17

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

June 17

Fort McKavett was more than just a military outpost. It was a community of workers, contractors, tradesmen, and businessmen whose talents built and maintained the fort. Come see our volunteers work many unique trade skills that would have helped maintain this frontier installation! For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

June 17

10a-4p

Though purchased at the price of others’ freedom, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits in their leisure time, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join the world of the Jones men and try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850s method for taking wild...

June 18

10a-4p

Though purchased at the price of others’ freedom, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits in their leisure time, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join the world of the Jones men and try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850s method for taking wild...

June 21

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

June 25

10a-4p

The garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as we explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden in the Quarter and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

June 26

10a-4p

The garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as we explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden in the Quarter and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

July 2023

July 1

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

July 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. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

July 1

10a-4p

We’re cooking desserts and discussing picnics and entertainment Dr. Jones might have seen around the 4th of July holiday. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 1

When Joseph Magoffin helped write the articles of Incorporation for El Paso, he helped shape the modern city. In this series, we will compare Joseph’s vision for El Paso to what is has become in the last 150 years. Guest speakers from municipal agencies will be invited to speak about their departments and let us know why and when we might need to call upon them to help us keep El Paso thriving...

July 2

10a-4p

We’re cooking desserts and discussing picnics and entertainment Dr. Jones might have seen around the 4th of July holiday. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 8

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

July 8

Ground cloths were used by military and civilians alike, be it to use as a shelter, cover, or a pad on the ground as its name suggests. Painted cloths are a mixture of oils to make a primitive waterproofing. Participants will need to purchase their materials and bring their own sewing notions. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

July 8

10a-4p

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854, that those enslaved– “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 9

10a-4p

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854, that those enslaved– “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 15

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

July 15

10a-4p

Wear some old clothes and help us paint the house fence and kitchen interior with whitewash. A traditional part of spring cleaning increases the life of the buildings and fences. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 16

10a-4p

Wear some old clothes and help us paint the house fence and kitchen interior with whitewash. A traditional part of spring cleaning increases the life of the buildings and fences. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 19

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

July 22

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

July 23

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

July 29

10a-4p

Fancy learning 1850s style? You can mind your manners and your ABCs for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

 

July 30

10a-4p

Fancy learning 1850s style? You can mind your manners and your ABCs for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

 

August 2023

August 1

When Joseph Magoffin helped write the articles of Incorporation for El Paso, he helped shape the modern city. In this series, we will compare Joseph’s vision for El Paso to what is has become in the last 150 years. Guest speakers from municipal agencies will be invited to speak about their departments and let us know why and when we might need to call upon them to help us keep El Paso thriving...

August 5

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

August 5

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. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

August 5

10a-4p

Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day would help both enslaved and free 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong...

August 6

10a-4p

Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day would help both enslaved and free 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong...

August 12

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

August 12

10a-4p

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the house and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

August 13

10a-4p

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the house and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

August 16

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

August 19

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

August 19

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

August 20

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

August 26

10a-4p

Why is it important to know how to write a letter? Diaries, journals, and correspondence all contain the voice of their authors and details for their reader. Learn how to send a letter in 1850 and try writing with a pen and ink. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

August 27

10a-4p

Why is it important to know how to write a letter? Diaries, journals, and correspondence all contain the voice of their authors and details for their reader. Learn how to send a letter in 1850 and try writing with a pen and ink. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

September 2023

September 1

In 1868, after nine years of neglect, the US Army returned to Fort McKavett and began rebuilding its structures. The Texas Rifles living history organization will portray the 35th Infantry Regiment assigned to rebuild and maintain Fort McKavett, along with general soldierly duties, like receiving pay, drill, and leisure. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov...

September 2

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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September 9

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

September 20

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

October 2023

October 7

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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October 14

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

October 14

Join us for our annaul archeology day and star party! Our staff will show you how this active archeological site has transformed since its town days ended nearly fifty years ago. When the sun goes down, members from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will set up telescopes so you can get a special viewing of the nighttime sky! Evening event participants must fill out a waiver and be...

November 2023

November 4

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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November 11

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

November 17

Fort McKavett was established by the 8th Infantry Regiment in 1852 and was occupied by the Army until 1859. What did the soldiers do here in the pre-Civil War (Antebellum) era? Come see the soldiers perform drill, fatigue duty, and leisurely activities as they would have 170 years ago. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

December 2023

December 2

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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December 9

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

December 16

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.

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January 2024

January 6

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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December 2024

December 21

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.

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December 2025

December 20

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.

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