Brazoria County Historical Museum Programs

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Upcoming Programs, as of September 18, 2017




Thursday, October 5th  6:30 pm      "Borderland Bannerstones of Texas"

Five fragmentary groundstone artifacts, interpreted as bannerstones were recently recovered from a site in western Harris County during archaeological salvage excavations. Bannerstones are geometric, groundstone objects, marked by a central, drilled perforation. Bannerstones are rare and are often fashioned in exotic raw materials. Bannerstones are found in Archaic Period (~6000-1000 B.C.) contexts throughout the woodlands of the American Southeast, but are scarcely found in Texas. In this presentation, Dr. August Costa, will review the known bannerstone sample of Texas and describe new finds from the Houston area.


Thursday, October 12th  6:30 pm      "Discovery & Archaeology of a German Unterseeboot"

Archaeologist, Daniel Warren, will discuss the discovery of the U-166 and the archaeological investigations at the site. The discovery solved a nearly 60-year old mystery and changed what was thought to be the history of events that led to the u-boat's loss. The discovery was followed up by a NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research funded investigation of the site by archaeologists. During this project, a scientific team mapped the site located in 5,000 feet of water and documented over 300 individual artifacts associated with the wreck site. This allowed a detailed site map to be produced and has led to further research on the order of battle that led to the U-166's sinking.


Thursday, October 19th  6:30 pm      "If Objects Could Talk: Life of a WWI Soldier"

Museum Curator, Michael Bailey, will offer a sneak peek into the Museum’s vault of artifacts that convey the history of our area. Journey with a WWI soldier through the artifacts he left behind.


Saturday, October 21st  10:00 am

 Dia de los Muertos exhibit Opening with public altars, food, music, dancing, crafts, face painting, themed artwork, and much more! 


November 3rd & 4th

In 2017, the annual Austin Town re-enactment will be held on November 3 & 4. Field Trip Day, underwritten by Phillips 66, will be on November 3 for pre-registered schools only. Saturday, November 4 the event will be open to the general public from 10 am to 5 pm for fun for the whole family. If you would like to register your school for Field Trip Day, please e-mail us with your school contact information, class size and number of chaperones.


Saturday, December 16th  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Visit with Santa, enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, create your own hot cocoa at our hot cocoa bar, create crafts and more at our holiday event, a Merry Christmas at the Museum.




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