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.
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
Weekends in August, 2014
Mary Jones, sister of Dr. Anson Jones, spent much of her time at Barrington instructing the family children. What did they learn?
Are those lessons relevant today?
Visit Barrington Farm for special weekend programs throughout August
to discover the importance of education in early Texas.
This event is being held in conjunction with Star of the Republic Museum’s
School Daze-Education in Early Texas, August, 2014. Teachers, this is your month! All sites offer you free admission with a school ID or business card. Find out what learning opportunities are available throughout the year at the Park.
“Education Weekends” will be held each weekend in August, 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 th e 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 Pam or Kellie.
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.
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.
Visit our monthly Event Calendar to see a graphic calendar of our events.
To read about some of our events you may have missed, see Past Events.