Online via Facebook Live
In July, we’re celebrating Miss Ima’s birthday with online listening parties every Thursday at 11 a.m. on our weekly Virtually Varner-Hogg broadcast. A part of our educational purpose is to preserve and honor Texas heritage, which is inspired, in part, by the preservation work of Miss Ima Hogg. We – and countless others – also have gained inspiration from her love of and dedication to the fine arts. Born on July 10, 1882, Miss Ima spent much of her youth studying piano in the U.S. and Europe. She would go on to help found the Houston Symphony, support the music department at Rice University, and bring arts education into African American schools in the 1940s as a member of the Houston School Board. So, pull up a chair and join us on Facebook Live every Thursday at 11 a.m. in July as we discover Texas music from the blues and jazz to classical and new Americana.
Virtually Varner-Hogg is a weekly live broadcast on Facebook with our educator, Mark Osborne. Each month, Mark explores a different broad theme, like, food, music, and architecture, inspired by the people and events of the Varner-Hogg Plantation over its 130-year history. Topics are considered appropriate for all ages unless otherwise noted.
Also in July, join us for “Texas Music Tuesdays” on Facebook and Instagram for a look at 10 Texas songs from the first half of the 20th century that made the list of “The 100 Best Texas Songs,” as ranked by our friends at Texas Monthly magazine.
Photo: Ima Hogg at the piano, 1920s. Ima Hogg Papers, 1824-1977, CN 06573, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin