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Enduring Spirit:
African Americans in 19th Century Texas

Opening February 1, 2015
through Feb. 15, 2016

Star of the Republic Museum recognizing Black History Month with yearlong special exhibit.

Museum waiving entry fee Feb. 1 and each Saturday in February

 

Blinn College’s Star of the Republic Museum will celebrate Black History Month beginning Feb. 1 with the opening of a yearlong exhibit capturing the spirit of 19th-century black Texans and the challenges they faced before, during and after the Civil War.

 

  Annie Groves - Star of The Republic Museum

Located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, the museum will display
“Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas” Feb. 1, 2015 through Feb. 15, 2016.

While the first African Americans in Texas were free men and women seeking opportunity and advancement, the laws of the newly-formed Republic of Texas forced them out and opened the door to thousands of enslaved people who served as the backbone of the labor force for almost 30 years. Finally gaining their freedom after the Civil War, they discovered their struggle was far from over.

Artifacts on display include slave records, freedmen contracts and an oath of allegiance. Stoneware pottery made at Wilson Pottery near Seguin, the first African American business in Texas, will be exhibited, as well as an example of the intricate Pine Burr pattern quilt.

No admission fee to the museum will be charged on opening day, Feb. 1, or any Saturday in February.

On Feb. 7, Dr. Fred McGhee, adjunct professor of anthropology at Austin Community College, will speak at 2 p.m. in the museum theatre about the 1836 Texas Rebellion.

On Feb. 14, the museum will present the first and second episodes of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS series, “African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” at 2 p.m.

On Feb. 21, the museum will host Dr. Bernadette Pruitt, professor of history at Sam Houston State University, for a 2 p.m. presentation titled, “The Other Great Migration: The Movement of Rural African Americans to Houston, Texas.”

 

Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic from 1836-1846 and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity and values of early Texans.

The museum is located at 23200 Park Road 12, Washington, Texas, off Highway 105. From Highway 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12. Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.starmuseum.org or call 936-878-2461, ext. 237.

About Blinn College:
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu .

 

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Celebrate Texas Independence Day
on the very spot Where Texas Became Texas

Experience Texas of the 1830s at two-day event

Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015
10 am to 5 pm

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will speak on Sunday, March 1

Texas Independence Day Celebration

 

All Texans (natural born and adopted alike) are invited to a Texas-sized 179th birthday celebration at the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site--the very spot “Where Texas Became Texas.” It was there, on March 2, 1836, where 59 delegates bravely met at Washington, Texas to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. From 1836 until 1846, the Republic of Texas proudly existed as a separate nation.

“Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day celebration on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015 on the expansive 293-acre park grounds of the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Sit, between Brenham and Navasota—and less than 90 minutes from Houston. The weekend birthday celebration features live music, traditional crafts, living history presentations, keynote address by Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, firing demonstrations, historical encampments and commemorative programs.

This year, several 7th grade students will be selected to lay a wreath at the site’s “Texas Independence Monument” next to Independence Hall on Saturday morning to kick off the programs. The students were chosen based on a Texas-related written essay.

Guests will step back into history at this state park to experience life in Texas in 1836 by visiting with reenactors; witnessing firing demonstrations in the Texas Army camps; viewing demonstrations of cooking, weaving and period crafts; and walking the same trail as Texas’ forefathers and pioneer families. Texas musicians will provide musical entertainment, including the North Harris County Dulcimers, the Lone Star String Band, which plays old-time music and “old fiddle tunes and songs,” the Star of Texas Dulcimers, and the Great American Medicine Show featuring Professor Farquar and his “historic narratives, comic chronicles, tall tales, unabashed balderdash and the greatest songs of the 19th century.” Food vendors will offer a variety of items for sale throughout the event. Visitors can bring picnics and are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. However, state park rules apply; alcohol is prohibited.

The featured exhibit at the Star of the Republic Museum—Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas—opens on Feb. 1, 2015 and runs for a year. Artifacts on display will include typical documents of the period such as slave records, freedmen contracts and an oath of allegiance. Stoneware pottery made at the Wilson Pottery near Seguin, the first African American business in Texas, will be exhibited as well as an example of the intricate and difficult Pine Burr pattern quilt.

The three attractions on the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site (WOB)—(Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm)—will feature various activities, and all admission and tour fees will be waived during the two-day celebration. Free bus shuttles will run throughout the park on Saturday and Sunday; and—as always—parking and admission to the grounds is free. A free shuttle will also run from the city of Navasota to the park grounds. The shuttle will pick up and drop off at the corner of McAlpine and Railroad, and will run continuously from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday only.

 

Complete list of activities for Saturday, Feb. 28:

• Wreath laying at the Texas Independence Monument (10:15 am): Seventh grade students will lay a wreath at the oldest monument in the park, next to Independence Hall, to kick off the weekend. Since the monument is the first permanent marker (1899/1900) of the events that took place on this spot, and because it was largely due to the efforts of school children, WOB will recognize their efforts with a brief ceremony.  By inviting children to play a key role in the program, WOB hopes to foster a deeper appreciation in the young generation about events that occurred in the place they call home.

• Firing demonstrations, musket and artillery at Texas Army camp (10:45 am & 3:45 pm – approximately 20 minutes each): Visitors will learn how black powder small arms and artillery are loaded, fired and maintained through interpretive programming. Watch from a safe distance, hear the crack of rifle fire and musketry, and feel the rumble of artillery just as Texian soldiers would have during the war for independence.

• Craft vendors, demonstrators, and musicians (ongoing from 10 am to 5 pm): Stroll through the park and the Museum to enjoy the many craftsmen demonstrating skills and crafts of the period. Enjoy music from one of the many bands offering up the finest in period appropriate music as well as modern favorites at various locations and times throughout the weekend.

• Independence Hall Tours (11 a.m., 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm approximately 30-45 minutes each): Visitors will have a chance to tour the exact replica of Independence Hall and hear the story of those courageous men that signed the Texas Declaration of Independence during that important 17-day convention in 1836. Visitors should meet just inside the back entrance of the Visitors Center approximately five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. The tours are free.

• Entertainment at the amphitheater includes:
   • 11 am & 2 pm – Professor Farquar’s Medicine Show
   • 12 pm & 3 pm – Lone Star String Band
   • 1 pm – North Harris County Dulcimers (Saturday only)
   • Texas Heroes Living History at the Star of Republic Museum Theater (first-person stage
    performances as these Texas heroes):
   • 11 am – Col. James Bowie
   • 1:30 pm – Susannah Dickinson
   • 3:30 pm – General Sam Houston

• Booksignings in the Visitor Center and Tasting; all books for sale in Gift Shop:
   • 10 am – 5 pm - Author Laurie Cockerell—dressed in period clothing—will sign copies of her children’s
    book Magnificent Sam: The Amazing Adventures of Sam Houston
   • 10 am – 5 pm Author Garlyn Webb Wilburn will sign copies of his children’s book The Donkey Boy
    and his book for adults Father Forgive Them, The Rachel Plummer Story
   • 1 - 5 pm Author Sharon Brass will sign copies of her book The Burning of Brenham.
   • 1 - 5 pm Herald Bentley Green will offer tastings from his Bentley’s Batch 5 barbecue sauce line
    (all varieties sold in Gift Shop)

 

Complete list of activities for Sunday, March 1:

• Masonic Flag Raising Ceremony (10 am) - The Texas flag will be ceremonially raised by Masonic members of the Lone Star Commandery #114 from North Zulch, Texas.

• Firing demonstrations, musket and artillery at Texas Army Camp (10:30 am & 12 pm – approximately 20 minutes each): Visitors will learn how black powder small arms and artillery are loaded, fired and maintained through interpretive programming. Watch from a safe distance, hear the crack of rifle fire and musketry, and feel the rumble of artillery just as Texian soldiers would have during the war for independence.

• Craft vendors, demonstrators, and musicians (ongoing from 10 am to 5 pm): Stroll through the park and the Museum to enjoy the many craftsmen demonstrating skills and crafts of the period. Enjoy music from one of the many bands offering up the finest in period appropriate music as well as modern favorites at various locations and times throughout the weekend.

• Descendants of Signers Reunion: Doors open to the Conference Center at 10 am with lunch at 11:30 am and program at 12:15. This is an opportunity for descendants to meet other descendants. Reservations are required by filling out form on Museum website at www.starmuseum.org. Descendants’ souvenirs will be available.

• Independence Hall Tours (11 a.m., 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm approximately 30-45 minutes each): Visitors will have a chance to tour the exact replica of Independence Hall and hear the story of those courageous men that signed the Texas Declaration of Independence during that important 17-day convention in 1836. Visitors should meet just inside the back entrance of the Visitors Center approximately five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled tour time.

• Booksignings and Tastings in the Visitor Center; all books for sale in Gift Shop:
   • 10 am – 5 pm - Author Laurie Cockerell—dressed in period clothing—will sign copies of her children’s
    book Magnificent Sam: The Amazing Adventures of Sam Houston. Illustrator Travis Dougherty
    will join her on Sunday.
   • 10 am – 5 pm – Author Garlyn Webb Wilburn will sign copies of his children’s book The Donkey Boy
    and his book for adults Father Forgive Them, The Rachel Plummer Story
   • 1 - 5 pm – Author Sharon Brass will sign copies of her book The Burning of Brenham
   • 1 - 5 pm – Herald Bentley Green will offer tastings from his Bentley’s Batch 5 barbecue sauce line
    (all varieties sold in Gift Shop)
   • 1 – 5 pm – Author Martha Jones will sign copies of her books The Great Texas Scare: A Story of the Runaway Scrape; The Ghost at the Old Stone Fort; The Mystery of Y’Barbo’s Tunnel; Terror from the Gulf: A Hurricane in Galveston; and Red Calico- Traded for Young Girl.

• Texas Heroes Living History at the Museum Theater:
   • 11 am – Col. James Bowie
   • 12:30 pm – Susannah Dickinson
   • 3:30 pm – General Sam Houston

• Entertainment and Ceremonies at the amphitheater:
   • 11 am & 3 pm – Professor Farquar’s Medicine Show
   • 12:30 pm – Lone Star String Band
   •1:30 pm – Texas State Senator Lois Kolkhorst will introduce Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick,
    who will deliver a short keynote address, followed by the Signers of the Declaration Roll Call
    and a giant Texas-shaped birthday cake, for all to enjoy.

Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm and the WOB Visitor Center are all administered—along with the parklands—by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD); the Star of the Republic Museum is administered by Blinn College.

This event is made possible by ExxonMobil, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op, the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, the City of Brenham, the City of Navasota, Brenham/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Blinn College, KTEX 106 Sounds Like Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association.

More detailed information on the weekend’s festivities will be continually updated at www.wheretexasbecametexas.org; the public can also call (936) 878-2214 or email office@wheretexasbecametexas.org for more information. For lodging information, please contact the Brenham Visitor Center at www.visitbrenhamtexas.com/ or 1-888-BRENHAM, or the City of Navasota at 936-825-7055 or www.navasotatx.gov.

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   which includes a schedule and map.

 

RECAP

WHEN: Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm

WHERE: Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, located on the Brazos River at the original townsite of Washington, Texas, a major political and commercial center in early Texas.  It is located at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880—approximately halfway between Brenham and Navasota, off of State Hwy. 105. From Hwy. 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12. 

COST: For the TIDC weekend, tour/admission fees are waived for the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Living History Farm. Parking and shuttle are free; a free shuttle will run to and from city of Navasota on Saturday, Feb 28.

 

Summary:

The “Texas Independence Day Celebration” is a two-day celebration on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm on the expansive 293-acre park grounds of the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. At the site where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico, this is truly ”Where Texas Became Texas.”

The birthday celebration features live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampments, keynote address from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and commemorative programs. Admission fees are waived for the site’s attractions (Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm) during the TIDC weekend celebration.

Admission to the grounds, shuttle service and parking are also free.
This state park is located at 23400 Park Road 12 in Washington, Texas—midway between Brenham and Navasota, off of state Hwy 105.

More detailed information on the weekend’s festivities and directions please contact (936) 878-2214, or office@wheretexasbecametexas.org

 

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Beasts of Burden;
Draft Animals at Work

March 28 & 29, 2015

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.

  Beasts of Burden

Join Barrington Living History Farm and the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association in a unique opportunity to experience draft animals at work. Various aspects of field preparation using horses, mules and oxen will be demonstrated, with some hands-on opportunities. Activities are dependent on weather and soil conditions.

“Beasts of Burden; Draft Animals at Work” will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 28th & 29th, at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• This program is WEATHER DEPENDENT. Activities and demonstrations will be ongoing
  throughout the day from 10 am until 4 pm with watering and resting breaks for the animals as needed.
  Please call if you have questions.
• Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required.
• Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00;
  Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
• Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place
  in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246, ask for Jessica or Jon.

 

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Basketry-on-the-Brazos

April 11 & 12, 2015

In 1850s Texas, it was a quite common sight to see people harvesting green sap-laden trees to turn into baskets. Baskets were the most convenient way to carry things, be it a small basket to carry a lunch or a large bushel basket to carry the cotton that you've picked.

Join us as we go through the process of pounding a green log into baskets splits, and help us weave those splits into baskets that we will use on the farm throughout the year.

  Basketry on the Brazos

“Basketry-on-the-Brazos” will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 11th & 12th, at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required.
• Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00; Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
• Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246, ask for Bruce.

 

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Food from the Farm

May 23 & 24, 2015

Come join us at Barrington Farm to learn how we grow heirloom vegetables and flowers as they did in the mid19th century. Learn about companion planting as a natural pesticide, organic farming, and seed saving.

Join Miss Kellie for a discussion on the heirloom varieties we grow here at Barrington. Make a botanical journal and take home a poem full of life lessons.

 

Food From The Farm

“Food from the Farm” will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd & 24th, at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required.
• Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00;
  Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
• Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• The standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place
  in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246, ask for Kellie.

 

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Dirt, Dirt Everywhere
and All for the Women to Clean

Weekends in June, 2015

In the 1850s, without electricity, houses were set up for the seasons. You had to get ready for the weather. Winter's heavy drapes and wool rugs are put out to help keep in the warmth. In the spring everything must be cleaned and aired out to freshen up the home.

Here at Barrington we do our spring cleaning in June so you may see us washing dishes and glassware or cleaning and waxing the furniture throughout the Jones’ home. Activities will be ongoing and as needed, so please come on out and lend us a hand.

   

“Dirt, Dirt Everywhere and All for the Women to Clean” will be each weekend in June, at Barrington Living History Farm located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required.
• Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00;
  Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
• Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place
  in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246.

 

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Living History Saturday
at Independence Hall

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 providing 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 writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or try your hand at some early Texas games.
Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas!
(Activities will vary and some are weather dependent)

“Living History Saturday” will be held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-4:30pm
at Independence Hall and the Old Washington Townsite.
It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park
off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Program is FREE and registration is not required.
• Traditional Independence Hall tours will not be offered on this day.
• Discounted tour tickets for Barrington Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 amto 4:30 pm.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather
   as the event will take place outdoors and in a non-climate controlled replica building.
• Leashed pets allowed in park.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call Jon Failor (936) 878-2214 ext. 224.

 

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Saving History Thru Art - For the Love of Texas

This coffee table style book, a generous 12” x 18” size, contains a series of spectacular spring landscapes photographed in Washington County, Texas, by noted Smithsonian photographer Timothy Wolcott. Each photograph is accompanied by a personal comment from one of 36 Texas celebrities stating his or her love for the state.

Books may be purchased at the Washington County Visitor Center, 115 West Main Street, in Brenham, or ordered online at www.loveoftexas175.com

 This is a project to honor the 59 individuals who put their lives on hold to declare independence and form the Republic of Texas in March 1836. Proceeds benefit the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association.

 

For The Love Of Texas Book

We offer prints of some of these incredible landscape photographs.
The prints available will be hand-signed by famous Texans, including Presidents and First Ladies,
Governors, sports heroes, authors and other famous Texans.

Watch this space for future book signings and other special events highlighting both the book
and autographed oversize images reproduced on museum paper or canvas.

 

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