Houston, Texas
Street Address
1100 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002
Mailing Address
1100 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002
phone: 713-655-1912
fax: 713-655-7527
e-mail: info@heritagesociety.org
web: www.heritagesociety.org
Museum Type(s)
Alice Collette, Executive Director
phone: 713.655.1912
Wallace Saage, Curator
Peggy Horn, Finance Director
Deborah Palin, Associate Director

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The Harris County Heritage Society was founded in 1954 to save the 1847 Kellum-Noble house, the oldest surviving brick structure in Houston. The Heritage Society leases Sam Houston, the city's oldest park, from the City of Houston. Nestled in the park are some of the city's oldest structures, restored and furnished in period furnishings.

The Heritage Society seeks to preserve the history of the Houston through the preservation of historic buildings and artifacts. The Heritage Society presents educational programs which focus on the region and its 170-year history. In addition to its historic houses, the Society also operates The Heritage Society Museum which houses the Duncan General Store, a c. 1900 general mercantile originally located in Egypt, Texas, in addition to rotating exhibits.

Artifact Collections

The Heritage Society collects and preserves historic buildings, artifacts, objects from everyday life, and memorabilia related to the history of Harris County. The Society owns twelve structures and 25,000 historical objects that enable the museum to recreate life in Houston at the turn of the century.

The Society's historical houses are as follows:

Kellum-Noble House (1847) the oldest brick house in Houston.

Nichols-Rice-Cherry House (ca.1850s) a Greek revival house which was owned by William Marsh Rice, the founder of Rice University. Staiti House (1905) features the latest amenities of its time, including electricity.

St. John Church (1891) was built by German farmers. The Jack Yates Homestead (1870) was built by a freed slave who was an educator and minister to Houston s Antioch Baptist Church.

San Felipe Cottage, a simple six-room structure typical of Texas cottages in the 1870s.

Pillot House (1868), a mid-Victorian structure, is believed to be the first house in Houston with an attached kitchen.

The Old Place (ca. 1823) a cabin thought to be the oldest remaining structure of any kind in Harris County.

The 25,000 objects in the collection date from the founding of Houston in the 1830s to the present. Areas of the collection include fire fighting equipment, china (+2,200 pieces), toys (+3,500), Texas-made furniture, decorative arts, textiles, historical objects, costumes, tools, and equipment.

Research Collections

An archival collection of maps, letter, and documents relating to HS's historic houses are available to researchers by appointment only.

Educational Programs

Outreach, Docent programs, Educational workshops/programs, traveling trunk, lectures, arts and crafts, special events, historical demonstrations and recreations, national travel, international travel, and adult classes.

The Society haso developed slide show presentations on daily life in 19th and 20th century Harris County, including turn-of-the-century African-American life and Hispanic culture in Houston. These slide shows are offered as outreach programs.

The Heritage Society has created an intensive, six-week long docent training program, and the staff trains and manages up to 600 volunteers who work in a variety of capacities. The staff is also available for consultation on volunteer management and motivation.


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