VHP_Main House Forums

Repeats every month on the second Saturday 4 times .
Sep 12 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
1702 N. 13th St.
West Columbia, TX 77486


November 2020 Forum Theme: “Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers”
Inspired by the spirit of Thanksgiving and World Freedom Day, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall, how might the Main House serve as a safe space to find common ground and to dismantle barriers to open dialogue about our history?

Seating is limited, and advanced, free registration is required by calling 979-345-4656 ext. 22 or sending an email to mark.osborne@thc.texas.gov.

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.

***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 central heat and air.

For questions and/or more information, please contact Mark Osborne at mark.osborne@thc.texas.gov.