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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




Labor of Thine Hands:
Trades in Early Texas

October 25 & 26, 2014
4:30 pm – 7pm


Barrington Farm’s annual blacksmithing program has been expanded to include other trade skills practiced in mid-19th century Texas!

Brick Kiln

Ponder for a moment all of the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily. Auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few! Just as you need skilled laborers to live, so too did the farmers of early Texas.

Join us as Barrington Farm presents this expanded program where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our ancestors. Hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, get your hands dirty as you help mold bricks, discuss 19th century fashion with a tailor or watch a potter turn clay into vessels. Experience history as it comes to life before your eyes!

• 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 Ben or Bruce.




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!
Come anytime between 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Don’t forget to bring a flashlight!
Adults/$5, Students/$3. Children ages 6 and under are free!

Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College, is located off Texas Highway 105
between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

For information contact Anne McGaugh, 936-878-2461 ext. 237, amcgaugh@blinn.edu
or visit our website www.starmuseum.org





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 AM to 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.




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.




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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