Historical Societies in Harris County
6th Cavalry Historical Association
6 CAV, P.O. Box 262832,
Houston, Texas 77207
“The 6th Cavalry Historical Association is a Houston, Texas based living history and MVPA associated group. We participate in many public functions, including parades, ceremonies, and various airshows and military shows in the area. Our members have a large variety of restored military vehicles - all the way from Jeeps and trailers to half-tracks and tanks. We also have all kinds of military equipment, uniforms and weapons.”
Monthly meeting at Military Museum of Texas. Collection of historical military vehicles, many operable. Dues $20.00
American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter
315 Capitol, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77002
713.520.0155 713.520.5134 (fax)
Professional organization for architects and related persons - While its interests are contemporary, it does maintain a strong interest in historical architecture of Houston. It sponsors the Houston Architecture Guide, text by Stephen Fox. Forums and tours are included in its activities. Basic dues $719.00
Archivists of the Houston Area ( AHA ! est. 1998)
Professional organization of numerous archivists
Mission: “Archivists of the Houston Area exists to increase contact and communication among archivists and those working with records, to provide opportunities for professional development, and to promote archival repositories and activities in the greater Houston, Texas area.” Blog, newsletters, directory of members, promoter of “Archives Month,” professional skills and sources, quarterly meeting, List-serve, annual dues $10.00
Atascocita - Kingwood Genealogical Society
P. O. BOX 5145
Kingwood, Texas 77325-5145
“The club was founded in December, 2006 by Carl T. Martin. Formerly the Greater Harris County Family Tree Club, the society changed its name on January 14, 2009.
Mission: The Atascocita - Kingwood Genealogical Society (AKGS) mission is to instruct and provide educational opportunities for its members in genealogical research through careful analysis and documentation using quality genealogical standards. To fulfill this mission, we hold informative monthly meetings to provide a forum for members to meet, to get to know each other and exchange information, to advance the study of family history.” Basic dues $15.00 Monthly meetings except summer
Bay Area Historical Society
200 W Defee Ave
Baytown, Texas 77520
Promotes public awareness of local history of the Galveston Bay area & assists museum collections.
Bay Area Genealogical Society (Clear Lake City, Texas)
P.O. Box 891447
Houston, Texas 77289-1447
The main purpose of the society is education. To create, foster and maintain interest in genealogical research. Meetings and classes are held in Clear Lake.
Baytown Genealogy Society and Library (Harris County)
P O Box 2486,
5203 Decker Drive (77520) Baytown, Texas 77522-2486 281-424-8388
The Baytown Society incorporates Baytown and the surrounding communities of Highlands, Anahuac, Dayton, Crosby, Wallisville, Cove, Mont Belvieu, LaPorte, Beach City and Huffman. In 1986, the Society became a non-profit corporation.
Meetings are on the second Monday of month at at the Library. Library closed during June.
Hours: Wed 10-2; Thurs 10-4; Fri 10-2
Baytown Historical Preservation Association
PO Box 1244,
5117 N. Main
Baytown TX 77522-1244
Bellaire Historical Society
P.O. Box 854
Bellaire, Texas 77402-0854
“It is the purpose of the Bellaire Historical Society to preserve, maintain, restore and display designated historical landmarks, natural beauty, documents, artifacts, records of persons active in the history of the City of Bellaire and any other objects distinctive of this history; all to the end that it may be a fitting memorial to those citizens and individuals who contributed so greatly of their money, zeal and time in making the Bellaire Community a proper place to live.” Basic dues $20.00
“Please Join us the Second Thursday of Each Month at the Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 South Rice Ave. All Meetings Begin with Refreshments at and the Programs Begin Promptly at ”
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Houston, Texas 77004 713.942.8920
Located in the 3rd Ward of Houston, Texas
Tours Monday through Friday from to and on Saturdays from to , closed on Sundays. Groups of ten or more are $2.00 per person.
“Museum is dedicated to the brave men and women of color who courageously served in every great American War and Military Campaign. Founded in 2000, a non-profit 501(c) (3), the museum’s historian is Dr. Franklin D. B. Jackson, a decorated Viet Nam veteran. The Museum is available for hosting meetings, socials and other events. The first year of operation, the Museum had 20,000 visitors. Conducted interviews with the last Buffalo Soldiers from WWII, recognizes the 1866 creation by Congress of six all African American Army units. Nickname began with the Cheyenne warriors in 1867; the actual Cheyenne translation was Wild Buffalo, out of respect for the fierce fighting ability of the 10th cavalry, now a generic term for all African American soldiers.”
Clear Lake Area Historical Society (Harris County)
P O Box 24
Seabrook, Texas 77586
Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston
4407 Rose Street,
Houston, TX 77007
“The purpose of the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston is to build community, to preserve Cherokee heritage, to perpetuate the Cherokee culture, and to build the future of the Cherokee people. / Events and Traditions: monthly meetings, "Cherokee Messenger", a quarterly publication, and special events such as Cherokee language lessons, storytelling, and historical inquiry.
Community Archaeology Research Institute, Inc.
Archaeological and historical resources for community research
P. O. Box 131261 Houston, Texas 77219-1262 USA
Czech Heritage Society of Texas (Harris County Chapter)
Houston, Texas 77025-5706
Dedicated to the study and preservation of Czech genealogy, history, culture and language - The society supports a library at the above address as well as a traveling library for functions across Texas. Dues are $ 15.00.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas, San Jacinto Chapter (Houston)
Descendant organization dating to the Texas Revolutionary period
Active in organizing for “Honor Days,” maintaining the Pioneer Log House, research, and meetings, and the winter chili cook-off
The associated Pioneer Log House is assisted by a Friends group, basic dues $25.00
Descendants of Olivewood
Caretakers of Olivewood Cemetery - Houston's first incorporated (1875) African-American cemetery. Monthly clean ups, occasional tours
Eastwood Civic Association
Protectors and promoters of 1913 Eastwood sub-division and its unusual collection of architecture, including Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and Mission Architecture - The Eastwood Civic Association serves the neighborhoods of Eastwood, Broadmoor, Lawndale, W.A. Kirby, Jackson Court, Woodleigh, Eastlawn, Dissen Heights, Houston City Railroad, Suburban, L.B. Moody, Beverly Park, Eastview, Hauser, Dor Ruth, Mueller, Dixie, Georgia and Youngmens. Annual home tour
Meets at the Cape Center on the first Monday of every month at
El Lago Historical Society
98 Lakeshore Drive
El Lago TX 77586
“The society regularly meets on the 4th Thursday of every other month at City Hall. If you are interested in more information on ELHS, call Randy Elms, Chairman of Programs, at 281-326-1361 or El Lago City Hall at 281-326-1951, ext. 12.”
Friends of the Texas Room (est 2003)
P. O. Box 27827
Houston, Texas 77227-7827
“Our Mission: The Friends of the Texas Room seeks to support the collections of the Texas and Local History Department, the Archives and Manuscripts Department, and the Special Collections Department of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center of the Houston Public Library.”
FTR “meets four times each year. The quarterly meetings are held on Monday evenings at the Museum of Printing History unless an alternative date and location are announced. The Museum of Printing History is located at 1324 West Clay Street between Waugh Drive and Montrose, one block south of West Dallas. Free parking is available in the lot across the street or in the small lot on the left, adjacent to the Museum building.”
Friends of the Clayton Library
P.O. Box 271078
Houston, Texas 77277-1078
“The mission of Clayton Library Friends is to enrich the resources and facilities of Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, a unit of the Houston Public Library. In the pursuit of that mission, the officers and directors of the organization, in coordination with the manager of the Clayton Library, organize and direct fundraising projects to support the acquisition of research material for the library, to upgrade library facilities, and to enhance library services. Since Clayton is primarily a family history and genealogical research center, an important part of the Clayton Library Friends' mission is the organization of programs that encourage family history research, provide specialized volunteer services for the library, and educate the public in the use of Clayton Library and its collection.” Basic dues $20,00
Friends of Doherty Library (UST)
“Your membership is good for one year from the date your Friends card is issued. As a member of the Friends, you will receive: The satisfaction of supporting Doherty Library and the educational mission of the University of St. Thomas. Your personal Doherty Library card, which provides free borrowing privileges for up to 4 books at a time from the main circulating collection. (Interlibrary loan and special collections are not included.) Invitations to cultural and social events sponsored by the Friends of Doherty Library. Notification of Doherty Library's annual book sale.
Levels of Membership: Benefactor $250 Patron $100 Sponsor $50
Friends of Fondren Library (Rice)
Friends of Fondren MS-245
Fondren Library / Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
T: 713-348-5157 F: 713-348-5855
“The Friends of Fondren Library is among the premier library support organizations in the nation. Founded in 1950, we are dedicated to stimulating growth in library resources and facilities for the 21st century. The Friends seek to heighten community and alumni interest in Fondren Library and to support academic programs at Rice University by funding library collections and facilities.”
Friends of Terry Library (TSU)
Friends of Robert James Terry Library Foundation
PO Box 66427
Houston, TX 77266-6427
For information call:
Lorenza Phillips Butler Jr., Executive Director
Robert James Terry Library, Ste 230
3100 Cleburne St.
Houston, Texas 77004-4501
713-313-1081 (phone) 713-313-1875 (fax)
Dues: Student $15, TSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni $30, ____Sponsor $100 - $249, Patron $250 - $499, Benefactor $500 - $999, Library Fellow $1000 - $2499, Librarians Circle $2500+
Friendswood Historical Society
108 Skyview Drive
Friendswood TX 77546
“The purpose of the Society, as stated in the By-laws, shall be:
To preserve and maintain the Frank J. Brown Heritage Museum in keeping with the pioneer spirit and Christian ideals of the founding families by collecting and displaying the original artifacts and personal effects of the Frank J. Brown family and other early settlers of Friendswood, Texas. / To identify, preserve, support and display other historical buildings and sites that also reflect the heritage of the community.
To acquire and maintain a historical library and archive to preserve Friendswood's history / To educate the membership and the community about our history through tours, lectures, seminars, printed materials and events.” Basic membership $25.00
Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society
To promote an interest in Jewish genealogy; encourage and instruct members in Jewish genealogical research through careful documentation and to maintain quality genealogical standards; to locate, preserve and index public and private Jewish genealogical records and make such records available to members and the general public; to assist and support any genealogical library in Texas which is open to the public; to publish genealogical and historical information in a regular newsletter or other publication as directed by the membership.
Promotes: Annual Jewish Genealogy Fair; Genealogy Essay Contest, Research Trips; Field trips
Monthly general and board meetings Membership: $18 / yr family $20/ yr and other
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance
712 Main Street, Suite 110
Houston, Texas 77002
phone 713 216 5000 fax 713 216 2143
“GHPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1978. Members include individuals, corporations and organizations. Funding for programs and activities are provided through memberships as well as grants and individual and corporate gifts.
Our Mission: Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (GHPA) promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston's architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action, thereby creating economic value, developing a stronger sense of community.” Basic membership is $15.00, and up.
Provides walking tours, awards, and research resources.
Harris County Genealogical Society
Sept 1 to Aug 21 $15. single / Newsletter The Living Tree News published twice a year - Bus trips, Bobby Oglethorpe, Pres,
Mel McAnally, Librarian, Deana Thomas, WebMaster
Mail Contact of Society:
P.O Box 391 Pasadena, Texas 77501
Organized July 30, 1973 - dedicated to teaching of methods and ways of search for family history and ancestry - 61 members on original charter list.
Monthly meetings 2nd Thursday Comm Room of Pasadena Town Square Mall.
A multi-state genealogical (5,000 items) collection is maintained by the society and housed at the Pasadena Public Library, Located at 1201 Jeff Ginn Memorial Drive (formerly Minerva St.) Pasadena, Texas 77506
Harris County Historical Commission
Members appointed by Harris County Judge and Commissioners
meets 4 times per year. Chairman: 2011 - 2012 Janet K. Wagner
Activities: Historical markers and history of Harris County
Web site: in development
Harris County Historical Society
200 members meet October through May (annual meeting) except January.
Activities: Dinner meetings with history speaker. History Bus Tours
Small membership dues $10 and up
Contact: Robert “Bob” Coller
2 Hedwig Circle, Houston, Texas 77024-4519
Home phone 713.465.7094
The Heritage Society – (1954) (Sam Houston Park)
1100 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002
The Heritage Society preserves the complete history of the community and region through preservation and restoration of historic structures, exhibition of historical artifacts and presentation of educational programs which focus on Houston and Harris County. Founded in 1954 by Faith Bybee, Harvin Moore and Marie Phelps in order to save the 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition – The goal was to preserve the hastily disappearing past of this great city for the education of future generations. The Heritage Society is the city’s only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park on 19 acres in the heart of downtown Houston. At present, ten historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905 are available for tours.
Basic membership, $50.00
Hispanic Genealogical Society of Harris County (1983)
P.O. Box 231271
Houston, Texas 77223-1271
Club was formed to help foster knowledge, training, help, and pride in the search for Hispanic ancestors. Data bases on families from northern Mexico, south Texas, California, and New Mexico are available to members. Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at Loma Linda Restaurant located at 2111 Telephone Road at . Meetings discuss various projects, have a show and tell session, and a speaker with a Genealogy message. Beginning in 1983 with 20 members, presently have 300 members world-wide from Alaska, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, Mexico City, and D.F. Funds raised through conventions, memberships, and book sales go to purchase Hispanic Genealogy books data bases and are donated to the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, Houston, Texas.
Interactive website with family sites and data base on Camargo, Tamaulipas and links to National and International Hispanic sites.
Historic Houston, Inc.
P.O. Box 130463
Houston, TX 77219
office: (713) 522-0542 fax: (713) 522-1430
1307 W. Clay Street
Houston, TX 77019
“Historic Houston encourages the interested public to support the organization by becoming a Member. Membership dues actually do go towards helping to keep Historic Houston's Salvage Warehouse open, and our Relocation and Education programs going. Membership is active for one full year from the date of purchase.” Individual dues $35.00
Houston Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 759877
Houston, Texas 77275-0877
Meeting are held second Saturday of each month at the Park Place Library
Houston Area Blacksmth’s Association
7418 Branch Point
Houston, TX 77095-2649
To Preserve and Promote the Art and Craft of Blacksmithing through Education - Blacksmithing refers to the process of hot and cold forging and fabricating of metals for art and utilitarian purposes.
Basic dues $20.00
Houston Area Genealogical Association (Harris County)
2507 Tannehill (residence of a member)
Houston, Texas 77008
Houston Arts and Media
Houston Arts and Media
4813 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77018
“Houston Arts and Media’s purpose is to produce educational and historical film, video and books. The work will be done by members of Houston’s creative, educational, research and production communities. Houston Arts and Media is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Houston Arts and Media's mission is simple. We help film makers, script writers, authors, and other local creative talent create better and more innovative ways to teach both children and adults about history, science, literature, and the world. Much effort has recently be applied toward historical documentaries.”
Monthly meetings Basic dues $40.00
A youtube channel is maintained at http://www.youtube.com/houstonartsandmedia
Houston (City of) Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC)
“… a 13-member board, makes recommendations to City Council on historic properties. The board reviews requests for historic district designations, landmarks, protected landmarks, archaeological sites and Certificates of Appropriateness.” Monthly meetings, usually on a Thursday in City Council Chambers, City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby
Houston (City of) Historic Preservation Office
Unit within the Planning and Development agency
City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby, Houston
Chief officer Randy Pace 713-837-7796
Houston Civil War Round Table (Harris County)
“Our organization's mission is to promote impartial inquiry, study, and education about the period of the American Civil War and its causes and aftermath. We hold monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month, from September through May at The Briar Club, Westheimer at 2603 Timmons Lane, to hear well-known experts on the war speak and answer questions.” Basic membership, $40
Houston Genealogical Forum (Harris County) (1957)
P.O. Box 271466
Houston, Texas 77277-1466
Meeting: 1st Sat of month Sept May at
Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston
“The Genealogical Record” newsletter publishes a. quarterly - The purpose is educational. The Forum collects and preserves information relating to local history, genealogy, cemeteries, churches, and land records.
Houston Heights Association (1973)
P.O. Box 70735
Houston, Texas 77270-0735
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. Dues range from $ 20.00 to
$ 65.00 based on type of membership. Purpose is to encourage and promote enhancement of the Houston Heights community. First Saturday of the month is Heights Day for a full day of activities and shopping and restaurant specials to draw people from all over Houston to visit the Heights community. Winter and spring tours
Houston History Association
P. O. Box 25086
Houston, TX 77265-5086
An independent 501 (C) (3) organization dedicated to promoting Houston area history and serving as a resource for existing historical, preservation and educational organizations and institutions. - “Mission: The Houston History Association is an independent 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting Houston area history and serving as a resource for existing historical, preservation and educational organizations and institutions.”
Houston History Community
An online community focused on Houston history, via the “ning” technology. Numerous members, a branch of the http://www.houstonhistory.com/ website
“Our community's mission is to provide a place for Houston history enthusiasts to learn and share information (stories, videos and photographs) about the interesting history of this great city. / This community is comprised of historians, educators, preservationists, civic-minded individuals and influential citizens who are very passionate about Houston's past history. Our members and their great remembrances of Houston's fascinating past brings such a rich online collective experience for all Houstonians, both young and old, to enjoy and help preserve. Also included within our unique community is the largest online collection of exclusive (stories, video and historical photographs) information that is available only to our members and not featured on the public area of HoustonHistory.com site”
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
P.O. Box 20070
Houston, TX 77225-0070
Reliant Center / 8334 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77054
Phone: 832.667.1000 Fax: 832.667.1134
The “rodeo” is possibly the largest annual historical re-enactment anywhere. Demonstrating life and working techniques of cattle ranching history. One of the biggest sources of college scholarships in Texas, the ultimate purpose of the HLS&R
P. O. Box 541353
Houston, TX 77254-1353
Mission: “Houston Mod is a non-profit, 501(C)(3), membership organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.” Tours, book signings, exhibits, etc.
Humble Area Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2723
Humble, Texas 77347-2723
Dues are $15.00 annually. Meetings are held from September through May at at the Kingwood College Teaching Theater. The Society maintains a genealogical library housed at Kingwood College. Following ancestral footsteps in and around Atascocita, Crosby, Huffman, Kingwood, New Caney, Splendora, and Humble, Texas
Email questions: Spidiebob@aol.com
Independence Heights Redevelopment Corp.
“Just north of the well-known Heights district in Houston, Texas lies the historic Independence Heights, a neighborhood most Houstonians do not know much about. This neighborhood is unique because it was the first African-American city in the state of Texas. Today, this neighborhood generates a strong sense of community between the recent influx of Latinos and the elderly who still refer to it as, its former name.”
Jewish Holocaust Education Center (Harris County)
& Memorial Museum of Houston
Houston, Tex 77004- 6804
Museum opens to the public seven days a week. General admission is free.
Monday through Friday, - Saturday and Sunday, to
A member of the Houston Museum District Association
Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners
2726 Bissonet #240-203
Houston, Texas 77005