2015 Calendar & Events


Scavenger Hunt!

Try your hand at hunting down the answers in the Museum's fun Scavenger Hunt for Museum visitors!

Main Museum, Rotunda

May 30- Sept 5

Free Admission to Active Duty military personnel & their immediate family members

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 free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members).  Actvie duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

June 7-Aug 19

Guided Tours
Tuesday thru Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to the public.

The tour begins at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center with a short introductory video, then moves out to the historic grounds with a tour guide, and ends at the Main Museum.  The tour is part of your admission donation.  For these summertime tours, groups of all ages and sizes are welcome, though reservations are highly encouraged.  SHMM Education Department can be contacted at (936) 294-3153 for more information or to set up a reservation.

13 -17

Summer Day Camp:  Where Art & History Collide

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be hosting a summer day camp "Where Art and History Collide" for children ages 6-12 on June 13-17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Campers will get to explore and learn about different artistic techniques, have fun, and get their hands dirty.  Cost is $50/week per child or $15/day. Spaces limited.  For registration and more information on the art days, contact Cathy DeYoung, Museum Curator or Education, at 936-294-3153 or cwd015@shsu.edu.

7- July 31

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista

Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) was one of the foremost Mexican artists of the twentieth century.  A quintessential humanist, he made important contributions in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, theater, and dance.  Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista focuses on the sophisticated caricatures that made Covarrubias famous.  His caricatures provide a unique window into the cultural and political milieu of the 1920s and 1930s.  Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista is an exhibition created in cooperation with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

June 22

Bear Bend Wednesday - Gardening with Vegetables & Herbs
Bear Bend Cabin
10:00 a.m. to noon

Learn how to choose the right location for your plant and herbs, prepare the soil, plant, and harvest your vegetables.  Identify herbs and the culinary and medicinal uses of each herb.  Make teas and sachets to share with family and friends.  For more information call (936) 294-3153.

June 29

Bear Bend Wednesday - Pioneer Skills
Bear Bend Cabin
10:00 a.m. to noon

Pioneers required a wide array of tools and skills to help them survive on the frontier.  Come to the Bear Bend Cabin on the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds and join staff member David Barker to see, touch, and try out some of them.  There will be demonstration of tomahawks, shooting black powder guns, starting fires without matches, and some hands on activities.  For more information call (936) 294-3153.

July 6

Bear Bend Wednesday - Nature Walk with Leaf Etchings & Rubbings
Bear Bend Cabin
10:00 a.m. to noon
Nature walks begin at: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30

Sam Houston Memorial Museum staff member Ronnie Johnson will be leading nature walks on the grounds of the Museum.  There will be a 20-30 minute walk around the grounds and duck pond to identify trees, shrubs, and maybe some flowers if any are in bloom.  Walks begin on the half hour between 10:00 a.m. and noon.  Join Ronnie for this great walk and we may meet some ducks, chickens and a few turtles along the way.  For more information call (936) 294-3153.

July 13

Bear Bend Wednesday - Flower Pounding
Bear Bend Cabin
10:00 a.m. to noon

Learn about the Cherokee art of flower pounding.  What is it? Flower pounding involves hitting flowers and leaves until you have art.  All ages are welcome, although younger children must be accompanied by an attentive adult.  For more information call (936) 294-3153.

July 20

Bear Bend Wednesday - Embroidery & Needlepoint
Bear Bend Cabin
10:00 a.m. to noon

Learn how handkerchiefs and other items have been decorated throughout history using a needle and thread.  Try your hand at making a bookmark using embroidery and cross-stitch techniques.  For more information call (936) 294-3153.

July 27

Bear Bend Wednesday - Doll Making:  Ragdoll & Cornhusk
Bear Bend Cabin
10:00 a.m. to noon

Children made and played with dolls of their own creation.  Materials found around the homestead were used to make dolls.  Design and make your own ragdoll or cornhusk doll.  For more information call (936) 294-3153.