Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
1702 N. 13th St.
West Columbia, TX 77486
October 2020 Forum Theme: “Horror & Happiness: Reconciling the Difficult History of Varner-Hogg”
Much of the history of Varner-Hogg Plantation contains real stories of horror and human rights abuses in the years before and after the Civil War. At the same time, much of the site's history is about a prominent Texas family coming together for happy times with friends to celebrate and rejuvenate. How might the ways in which we experience the Plantation's Main House help us reckon with the horrors while reveling in the happiness?
Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site was donated by Miss Ima Hogg and dedicated on March 24, 1958. For over 60 years, the Main House at the plantation has introduced visitors to the history of the two most prominent families connected to the house – the Pattons and the Hoggs. Rightly so, much of one’s experience of the Main House has focused on Miss Ima and her world-class collection of mid-nineteenth century furniture that she chose and placed thematically throughout the house. But might there be other ways to experience the Main House and its history?
As the Main House undergoes a year-long maintenance and restoration project, including having all of its furnishings removed and stored on-site in our Collections Resource Center, we would like to invite the community to monthly forums to discuss ways that the stories of the Main House and the ways that it is used may or may not need to change over the next 60 years to support understanding of the Plantation’s place in Texas history.
The Main House Forums will convene in the Parlor of the Main House on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning in September 2020. Each Forum will have a “big idea” or question to spark conversation in an atmosphere of honesty, respect and collegiality. Participants at the Forum will help formulate questions that will be posed to friends and followers on Varner-Hogg’s social media channels on the following Sunday. Those responses will be combined with notes from the Saturday forum to inform the ideas and questions for the next monthly forum.
Seating is limited, and advanced, free registration is required via Eventbrite. Tickets are limited to two per person.
Individuals are asked to register for only one forum to allow as many people to participate who would like to. After attending one forum, anyone wanting to participate again may ask to have their name placed on a waitlist to be offered an open seat on a first-come-first-served basis at the next forum.
***All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed, including social distancing and a requirement to wear a face covering while attending the forum.
Food and drink – other than bottled water – are not allowed inside the house.
***Please be aware that the Main House, currently, does not have air conditioning. We will open doors and windows, and place fans in the parlor to circulate air.
For questions and/or more information, please contact Mark Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.