2013 Calendar & Events

May 16-
Aug. 10

Lost and Found in Texas
Photography Exhibit by Derrick Birdsall

"Growing up I always had a love for history and I carried that through my college years, eventually emerging with a Masters degree in history from SHSU. At some point in the last few years, I started to get serious about photography and merged my love for history and old places with my passion for photography and adventure.

Old places - whether it's remnants of old frontier forts and homesteads or just "old" places that stir the soul, old places are a common theme in my photography and I hope to share that passion with you. It is my belief that in order to feel connected to a place, you need to see and feel it for yourself. If you can view some of my images and get the urge to see something in person then my work here is done!

As you view these images, imagine the sun on your face, the sound of the wind through the trees.  Hear the old buildings creak and talk to you as you move through now empty rooms.

I hope that viewing my images moves you to have a little adventure and get out there and see for yourself the power of these lost places and make them found once more."

-Derrick Birdsall

Exhibit Gallery
Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center
Exhibit will be open during regular Museum hours

May 24- Aug 31

Blue Star Museums

The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America.

This free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to fiver family members).  Active duty military include: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard as well as active duty Reserve members.  To find a complete list of participating museums please visit: http://bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums

June 9- Aug 29

Guided Museum Tours:
Tuesday thru Friday
10:00am and 2:00pm

The tour begins at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center with a short video, then moves out to the historic grounds, and ends at the Rotunda, our Main Museum building.  The tour is included as part of your Admission Donation.  Take advantage of the slower summer schedule, and bring your groups for a guided tour! All ages and size groups are welcome, though reservations are highly encouraged.  Our Museum Education Department will gladly book your tour, please call them directly to book a tour or answer your questions: (936) 29403153.

Aug 4-8

Where Art and History Collide: Art Day Camp for Kids Session 2
Ages 9 to 12

9:00 a.m. - noon

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be hosting a summer day camp for kids (ages 9-12)
focused on Art and History.  We'll get to explore and learn about different artistic techniques,
have fun, and get our hands dirty. 

For registration and more information contact Helen Belcher at (936) 294-3153.

Aug 8

Exhibit Opening: "Where Art and History Collide: From Art Day Camp Ages 9-12"

Atrium, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.


On the Road with Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas
Photographs and Text by J. Griffis Smith

"Griff" Smith is back at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, after debuting his "Texas" exhibit
at our Museum two years ago! The exhibit, with additional images added, will be displayed at the Sam
Houston Memorial Museum once more before it takes to the highways itself as a traveling exhibit to
highlight and promote the book that has been published of these images with accompanying text by
the artist.

The book will be on sale in our Museum Store after September 2014.

Exhibit Gallery
Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center


Book Signing
On the Road with Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas
Photographs and Text by J. Griffis Smith

The dates have not been set yet, so please check back often for updated information on this
exciting event to meet photographer and author, Griff Smith, at the Sam Houston Memorial
Museum. Purchase books at this event and have them signed by Griff.

Date: TBD
Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center

Oct. 10

Archeology Month!

October is Archeology Month! 

Oct. 15

Perilous Seas: Investigations of the Monterrey Shipwrecks in the
Gulf of Mexico
Amy Borgen, State Marine Archeologist

Amy Borgen, the State Marine Archeologist with the Texas Historical Commission, will present "Perilous Seas: Investigations of the Monterrey Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico" on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

In 2012, during a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Okeanos Explorer investigation of deep-water biological and cultural resources, an exciting shipwreck was discovered at depths of approximately 4300 ft.  This wreck now called Monterrey Shipwreck A, contained six cannon and two collections of firearms.  This discovery prompted a wider investigation and in 2013, two other nearby shipwrecks were discovered.  it is believed that all had been lost in the same catastrophic event.  Evidence from the wrecks and the recovered artifacts suggest these vessels are from the early 19th century.

Auditorium,Walker Education Center
Time: TBD

This is a free event and the public is invited!

Oct.14 Dec.

5th Annual Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibit

Now in its fifth year, the photo contest has shaken things up and changed the format! Whether
you are a returning photographer or this is your first time entering, you don't want to miss this
exciting year of the Photo Contest!

CLICK HERE FOR 2014 Rules and Regs


Exhibit Gallery
Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center

Dec. 1

5th Annual Photography Contest Awards and Artist's Reception

Monday, December 1, 2014

Exhibit Gallery
Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center
1402 19th Street
Huntsville, TX 77340

Winner's will NOT BE NOTIFIED prior to this reception. You do NOT need to be present to win. Winner's of the 2014 Photo Contest will be as a result of PUBLIC VOTING, please vote daily and vote often for your favorite photos! Voting will close on Sunday, November 30 at 4:30pm.