The Heart of a Community

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – The country church is probably the most common social institution found in rural America. Churches represented comfortable connections to families and countries of origin and provided a degree of stability in a changing world. These spaces...

C.F. Duer: Immigrant, Capitalist, Texan

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – A building nearly two centuries old is bound to contain numerous stories within its walls. The Old Place Cabin at The Heritage Society is such a place. The house was built in 1823 on Clear Creek by John R. Williams, one of Austin’s “Old Three...

Pieces of History on Main Street

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – To catch a glimpse of historic Houston, look no further than Main Street. When the Allens established the town of Houston in 1836, they centered the town plat at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou. This resulted in a street grid...

Protecting the Past: Historic Preservation in Historic Houston

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – Though Houston has a reputation for favoring new construction over preservation, Houstonians have long had an eye on the City’s historic architecture. A 1901 newspaper article gives insight into one of the earliest successful historic...

The Biggest Game in Town

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society –  The Houston Oilers of the American Football League started play in the fall of 1960, winning the league’s first two championships, but the Bayou City had been football crazy long before Bud Adams brought in George Blanda, Billy Cannon and...

Good Night, Sleep Tight

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By The Heritage Society – The popular nursery rhyme segment “Good night, sleep tight” connotes an image of snuggling into a comfortable bed for a well-deserved rest. Most modern beds consist of a soft, cushioned mattress on a bed frame with the mattress resting either...

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