2019 Calendar & Events

May 18 - September 2:
Blue Star Museums - Free Admission to Active Duty Military personnel & their immediate family members.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.  The program runs from the Saturday, May 18 (Armed Forces Day) until Labor Day, September 2, 2019.  Free admission is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

June 4 - August 30:
Guided Tours at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

Guided tours at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm are part of your paid admission (Tuesday through Friday only).  Staff members from our education department will lead the tour, providing the history of our historic homes and grounds and end the tour at the Memorial Museum.  Tour check-in is at the Wigwam Neosho Museum Store where you can take care of your admission.  (The museum store is located on the museum grounds by the Steamboat House.) All ages and group sizes are welcome for these summertime tours!

June 11 - August 30:
Living History Dayz

Step back in time and learn about life on the Houston farm.  Join museum staff on the museum grounds from 9:00 am  to 1:00 pm Tuesday through Friday for this program.

June 11 - September 5:
Grand Canyon Photographs: Celebrating the Centennial 1919-2019

Exhibit Gallery, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Grand Canyon National Park in 1919, American photographer Mark Burns has created an extraordinary exhibit of photography.  We are pleased to collaborate with SHSU's Center for Law, Engagement, and Politics to bring this exhibit that includes not only black and white photographs but everything from traditional to conceptual images and color landscapes of the Grand Canyon taken between 2011 and 2018.

June 13: Meet Mark Burns at the Exhibit Opening Reception for Grand Canyon Photographs

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Exhibit Gallery, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center

As an added bonus to this remarkable show, three original Ansel Adams prints from the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona will be installed in the gallery. Plan to come by this free event that is open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium.

June 13 -19
Original Ansel Adams on Display

Exhibit Gallery, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center
Three originals by Ansel Adams, printed by the artist himself in the 1940s will be displayed for one week only in conjunction with the Mark Burns' Grand Canyon exhibit and available for public viewing during regular museum hours.  The photos are on loan from the Center for Creative Photography at University of Arizona.  This loan is made possible by a partnership between the Sam Houston Museum and SHSU's Center for Law, Engagement, and Politics. 

July 13: Spinning & Weaving Demonstration

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bear Bend Cabin - Museum Grounds

July 26: Observation of Sam Houston's Death and Funeral

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

July 27: Spinning & Weaving Demonstration and Kick Wheel Pottery

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bear Bend Cabin - Museum Grounds
Pottery Shed - Museum Grounds

July 30: A Stitchin' Time

Join the Sam Houston Memorial Museum on Tuesday, July 30 for an evening of learning the two basic stitches in knitting: the knit stitch and the purl stitch, as well as simple "cast on" and "bind off" while making a face/dish cloth.  Participants will get to take their project home.

For the class, each person will need:
-a ball of "worsted weight" cotton yarn (recommend a solid, light color because it is easier on the eyes and not too fussy for learning; a ball of peaches and cream yarn is about $2.25 at Walmart or Crafters' Secret yarn is about $2 at Hobby Lobby.
-a pair of size 5-9 knitting needles (cost about $5)
-a pad and pen to take notes

Workshop begins at 6:00pm at the Gibbs Conference Hall (lower level) of the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, 1402 19th Street.  

Please RSVP your spot today. Call Derrick Birdsall, Curator of Education with questions and to reserve your spot! (936) 294-3153 or dcb031@shsu.edu.

August 10: Spinning & Weaving Demonstration

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bear Bend Cabin - Museum Grounds

August 17: Kick Wheel Pottery Demonstration

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Raven's Pottery Shed

August 24: Spinning & Weaving Demonstration

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bear Bend Cabin - Museum Grounds