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“Weather Wisdom:
Forecasting in the 19th Century”

March 1, 2014 – February 15, 2015

The Star of the Republic Museum will open a new exhibit in celebration of Texas Independence Day 2014 entitled,
“Weather Wisdom: Forecasting in the 19th Century.”

Included in the exhibit will be an assortment of 19th century scientific instruments used to measure wind velocity, atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity.

 

Weather Wisdom

The 19th century is seen as a transitional period from the use of weather lore, e.g., “when a whirlwind spins to the right, it means dry weather,” to the systematic collection of weather data. The Smithsonian Institution was key in cultivating volunteers to submit weather information, which was then released to newspapers for publication. At the end of the 19th century, the work begun by the Smithsonian had been transferred to the National Weather Service.

“Weather Wisdom” will be on exhibit from March 1, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College,
is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, off Highway 105 on F. M. 1155
between Brenham and Navasota.
For more information, call (936) 878-2461 or go to the website: www.starmuseum.org

 

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Night At the Museum

Night at the Star of the Republic Museum

November 1, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The lights will go down and the museum’s exhibits will come to life!
Explore the museum by flashlight—but BEWARE of what’s around the corner!

Discover the history of Texas in a different light!
This will be a fun way to learn about Texas history as real live characters step out of the exhibits to tell the story of the Texas Republic!

Visitors are encouraged to bring flashlights to explore the museum.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children ages 6 and under.
Anyone with a current Blinn College ID receives free admission.

Bryan resident helps bring Star of the Republic Museum to life.

When the flashlights of museum patrons flickered his direction, Jeff Bolich puffed his chest, slipped into his best radio voice and came to life with a sermon in true 1836 Protestant preacher fashion. Until he forgot his lines.

“My brain froze,” Bolich said, laughing as he recalled the moment. “So I opened my Bible where I keep my lines written down and I acted like I was looking for the next verse. Most of the other actors don’t have a prop to use as a cheater.”

Remembering lines is no longer an issue for Bolich, who has played the role of a Protestant preacher at Star of the Republic Museum’s annual Night at the Star of the Republic Museum for the last four years. His wife, Denise Campbell, plays a school teacher.

Bolich, Campbell and 13 other period actors will bring the museum to life once again Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m. During the event, museum lights will be turned down and live actors will step forward from exhibits to tell the story of the Texas Republic.

  Night at the Museum

Before becoming a Night at the Museum actor, Bolich volunteered for seven years as a demonstration woodworker at Barrington Living History Farm at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Bolich acted in third-person, carving treenware—handcrafted wooden, domestic items—with hand tools, just as it would have been done in the Republic of Texas era. As a museum actor, Bolich uses the first-person perspective, engaging with patrons as if their flashlights have awoken him out of the late 1830s.

“I try to get a reaction from the people coming through,” Bolich said. “When I start talking, I want to capture their attention. When they leave, I want them to think, ‘That was pretty good. Let’s come back again.’”

Anne McGaugh, the museum’s curator of education, invited Bolich and Campbell to become actors five years ago, and they’ve participated every year since.

“It’s a way to give back,” Bolich said. “We absolutely love the park and love the Star of the Republic. This is where Texas started. There’s a whole lot of history and it’s a whole lot of fun living the history and sharing it with others.”

 

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 off Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. 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.

For information contact Anne McGaugh, 936-878-2461 ext. 237, amcgaugh@blinn.edu

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 18,413 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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Getting Ready for Winter

November 8, 2014

 

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 sweet bag and take home a poem full of life lessons.

Getting Ready For Winter

“Getting Ready for Winter” will be held Saturday, November 8th, 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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Twilight Firelight: A Period Gathering
at Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

November 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 7pm

 

Looking for something to do with the family after Thanksgiving?
Why not travel back in time and discover the 1850s at Fanthorp Inn!
Twilight Firelight brings the old stagecoach inn to life where visitors enjoy the ambiance of the candlelit inn, period music, dancing, mule-drawn stagecoach rides and reenactors clad in period attire.

Fanthrop inn.

Inns like Henry Fanthorp’s were places where news from far away was spread, ideas were exchanged and communities developed. Activities begin at the Grimes county courthouse in Anderson where visitors board a replica stagecoach or wagon for a ride down Main Street to Fanthorp Inn. Upon arrival visitors will step off the coach and into 1850 as the soft glow of a candle flickers in the parlor window and the sound of fiddle fills the air. The atmosphere of the inn and living history personalities brings the holiday season to life. So take a break from the hectic holiday pace and re-focus on your family and friends at Fanthorp Inn’s Twilight Firelight celebration!

• Texas Parks and Wildlife presents Fanthorp Inn to you without admission fees but with a suggested donation
  of Adults -$10.00 and Students (12 and under) $5.00.
• No reservations are required.
• Tickets will be available beginning at 4:30 pm the day of the event near the Courthouse parking area
  where the stagecoach and/or wagon rides to the Inn will begin.
• The Inn will be open from 4:30 pm until 8:00 pm, but tickets will only be available until 7:00 pm
  to allow ticket holders ample time to travel from the Courthouse to the Inn by wagon or stagecoach,
  enjoy the festivities at the Inn, and then travel back to the Courthouse.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather
  as the event will take place in a period setting with some portions outdoors.
• The program will be held in Anderson, Texas which is located in Grimes County off Highway 90
  about 10 miles east of Texas Hwy 6 in Navasota.
• The first floor is accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For more information please call 936-878-2214.

 

 

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Christmas on the Brazos
featuring
Barrington’s Candlelight Christmas

December 13, 2014

Start the holiday season by spending the
day at Washington on the Brazos SHS.
From 10 am to 8 pm, modern and historic activities will be staggered throughout the park.

Independence Hall will host
19th century readings from some of our favorite Christmas literature
at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm.

Getting Ready For Winter

The Star of the Republic Museum will host period crafts in the Discovery room from 11 am to 3 pm.

Music and merriment will surround you in the Visitor Center from 2 pm to 6 pm
as merchandise made by Texas artisans is featured in the Washington Emporium gift shop
and local Texas fare is available for sampling and tasting.

Take advantage of a self serve photo opportunity with Santa
who will have miniature horses standing in as his reindeer.

At 5 pm, activities will begin to shift from the Visitor Center to Barrington Living History Farm for the evening event, Candlelight Christmas, which will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm.
The farm will be open from noon until 4 pm for standard tours then will reopen at 5 pm for the Candlelight Christmas event with ticket sales ending at 8 pm. Space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. Standard site admission fees apply.

The Candlelight Christmas event will feature timed vignettes or glimpses into 1850s festivities through a candlelit tour of Barrington Farm. The event will include live 19th century music and dancing, bonfires and Christmas readings, 1850s Santa Claus, musket firing, cookies and hot cider. Please allow at least one hour to complete the full experience. Groups will enter the site at timed intervals.

When you enter the Candlelight Christmas event expect your senses to be filled with the sights and sounds and maybe even the smells of yesteryear. Wood smoke swirls in the cool, dark December air. Pops and crackles of a distant fire fill the quiet night while its dancing flames cast a warm glow upon a split rail fence and the dewy grass below. As you follow a column of flickering lanterns into the Texas night a flash of light catches your eye and the dark erupts with gunfire and cheers. You have stumbled across a rowdy band of Texian revelers who welcome you into the 1850s. Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Farm and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Learn the origins of some of our favorite holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more! Tour the historic home of the last president of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering. Visit the farm’s quarters to hear how the enslaved at Barrington celebrated the season. Sip a hot cup of cider, cozy up to the fire and begin your holiday season with Texas State Parks!

“Christmas on the Brazos featuring Barrington’s Candlelight Christmas” will be held Saturday, December 13th, at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Due to space limitations, reservations for the evening program are strongly recommended.
  Please email us at Barrington.Farm@tpwd.texas.gov or call 936-878-2214 x246 for reservations.
• Standard site admission fees apply.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event
  will take place in an 1850s period setting with some events outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site or inside buildings.
• Sites are accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246, ask for Jessica.

 

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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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Butchering and Curing

January 10 & 11, 2015

*Please remember that this program is WEATHER DEPENDENT. If the weather is not cold enough to ensure safe processing of the meat, the program may be postponed.*

Join us for our annual butchering and curing weekend, where we will be butchering a hog on Saturday and beginning the curing process on Sunday. Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Many of the animals raised on the farm were raised for that purpose.

  Butchering & Curing

Pork has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. There are different ways of curing, but they all serve the purpose of preserving it to eat later. This program will be ongoing, so if you want to see every step you have to attend the entire event. Steps will not be repeated once the resources have been used up.

“Butchering and Curing” will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 10th & 11th, at Barrington Living History Farm located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• This program is WEATHER DEPENDENT. 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 Bruce or Ben.

 

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Light in the Dark

February 7 & 8, 2015

How do you see at night without electricity?
If you lived more than 150 years ago what would you have to gather, and make yourself, to be able to have light at night?

Seeing in the dark is something we take for granted today, but making your own light is frugal and satisfying. On Barrington farm, the home of the last president of Texas, Anson Jones, they would have been using purchased and homemade candles. The slaves might have used grease lamps, rush lights, or started their fires with flint and steel.

Try your hand at candle dipping, for those six and older, as long as supplies last. Additional farm chores will be ongoing depending on the weather conditions, but you can tour the house, kitchen, barn, and slave quarters in addition to this program.

 

“A Light in the Dark” will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 7th & 8th, 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.
• Some activities are weather dependent.
• 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 Barb.

 

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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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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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