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National Holidays in the Republic – A Time to Celebrate

April 19, 2014

We celebrate numerous holidays today,
but what holidays did Texians celebrate?

Join us, April 19th, as we explore the holidays and causes for celebration in Republic Era Texas. You might be surprised at what holidays are still celebrated and which ones are not!

 

Celebration

• Presentations will be given at 11:00 am 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
• The presentation will last approximately 30-45 minutes and will meet at the Visitors’ Center.
• Please be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early.
• Please dress appropriately for the season as the presentation will take place in a period setting.
• All Visitors are welcome but small children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Ticket prices are: Adult $5.00; Student $3.00; FREE to children 6 and under.
• FREE to Texas State Park annual pass holders.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details please call the Visitors’ Center at 936.878.2214 ext. 224 Ask for Scott.

 

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The Scottish in early Texas

April 20, 2014

Please join us on April 12th as we take a special look at the Scottish heritage of Texas with a focus on the Revolutionary and Republic periods. Guest speaker, Sia Beaton of the Texas Scottish Society.

For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes:
that he stands in an attitude towards the past
unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and
cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or
bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity
with the dead even to the twentieth generation.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 
• Presentations will be given at 11:00 am 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
• The presentation will last approximately 30-45 minutes and will meet at the Visitors’ Center.
• Please be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early.
• Please dress appropriately for the season as the presentation will take place in a period setting.
• All Visitors are welcome but small children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Ticket prices are: Adult $5.00; Student $3.00; FREE to children 6 and under.
• FREE to Texas State Park annual pass holders.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details please call the Visitors’ Center at 936.878.2214 ext. 228 Ask for Adam.

 

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Sundown Social

April 26, 2014
This is the annual fundraiser benefiting Washington-on-the-Brazos.

6:00 at the Citadel in Brenham
Gourmet grazing stations.
Music by The Usual Suspects.
Open bar.

Live auction featuring some fabulous getaways, experiences and items.
Check it out details on the auction here:
SundownSocialLiveAuction.blogspot.com

 

 

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Hide and Tallow:
Leather in the 1850s

May 3 & 4, 2014

Before the Civil War, cattle were more valued for their hides and tallow than they were for their beef. Leather, made from the hides, was a major trade item and could be used in many different ways, from finely made luggage to farm tools. Discover the transformation of rawhide into leather. Make your mark with leather stamping. Try your hand at leather braiding. Hear about teamsters, who used long braided whips to direct their oxen. Learn what made their whips crack at a live whip cracking demonstration. Experience the sights and sounds of leatherworking in mid19th century Texas.

“Hide and Tallow: Leather in the 1850s” will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & 4th, at Barrington Living History Farm located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

 

Hide and Tallow

• 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 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 Ben.

 

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Using Your Common Senses

June 14 & 15, 2014

Use your senses to explore the Farm. Each person experiences sights, sounds and even scents in a slightly different way.

Visitors will have the opportunity to creatively express their sensory impressions of the Farm through various 1850s media, drawing, painting, music, voice, poetry, etc. The weekend is dedicated to the arts.

“Using Your Common Senses” will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15, at Barrington Living History Farm located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

 

Common Sense

• 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.

 

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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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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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To read about some of our events you may have missed, see Past Events.

 

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