Star of the Republic Museum

2017-2018 Calendar of Events

A variety of special events and activities are planned throughout the year at the Star of the Republic Museum and Washington-on-the-Brazos. The following descriptions provide a glimpse of the many ways visitors can step back in time and experience early 19th century Texas. For additional information on these or other activities, please contact the museum at 936-878-2461. Check back ofen as more events will be added to the calendar as information becomes available!


"Heirloom Genealogy: Tracing Your Family Treasures," exhibit opening, March 4, 2017

The Star of the Republic Museum presents, “Heirloom Genealogy: Tracing your Family Treasures,” beginning March 4, 2017, and continuing through February 16, 2018. Stories come to light as artifacts are examined in depth through lineage research. Documents reveal where the artifacts originated, who owned them, and how they got to Texas. Items in the exhibit include three year-old Edward Boylan’s buckskin suit, Pleasant B. Watson’s diary, Heinrich Tiemann’s clog-making tools, and Clara Lang’s grand piano, among others.


“Remembering Washington: A Search for the Untold Story,” July 7 – 8, 2017

The Star of the Republic Museum will sponsor a community heritage project to help preserve the history of Washington. Residents are asked to bring their old photographs, letters, diaries, or heirlooms that have been passed down through their families to the Museum to be scanned and photographed. These digital images will be used to begin building a database of Washington's history to be used in future exhibits and programs. In addition, oral histories will be conducted with senior members of the community. Thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley for supporting this project through the Rural Sub-Granting program. For more information, contact Dr. Shawn Carlson, Curator of Collections and exhibits at or call 936-878-2461.


Central Texas Historical Association 2017 Fall Symposium, September 23 at the Museum of the American GI

The 2017 Fall Symposium will feature a variety of speakers on Texans in World War I. For more information on times, registration, and places to stay, click here.


Night at The Star of the Republic Museum Featuring Tavern Tales and Sundown Wagon Ride, October 21, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us for our annual Night at the Museum program where the exhibits will come to life and you can tour the museum by flashlight. New additions this year are Tavern Tales and Sundown Wagon Ride. Take the family on a wagon ride by Barrington Farm and see the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site in a new way! (Last wagon will leave at 8:30pm.) As you wander by the Museum, you will meet a friendly guide who will invite you to visit the local Tavern, where you may encounter some residents from the Old Washington Cemetery. All events are suitable for the whole family, outdoor portions are dependent on weather. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students/children.


Hands-on History, Saturdays

On the third Saturday of the month through May and then every Saturday from June-August, the museum will offer a hands-on craft activity for children, free of charge. The craft will be available throughout the day, as long as supplies last.
December 16:   Tin Punching
January 20:    Buzz Saws
February 17:   Embroidery
March 17:   Quill Writing or Stencils
April 21:   Wildflower Ornaments
May 19:   Paper Flowers
June 2:   Rope Making
June 9:   Tin Punching
June 16:   Knot Tying
July 7:   Basket Weaving
July 14:   Corn Husk Dolls
July 21:   Buzz Saws
August 4:   Quilts
August 11:   Bracelets
August 18:   Weaving

Registration deadline for Brazos Valley Regional History Fair, January 12, 2018

Students who qualify for the Regional History Fair must be registered by 5:00 pm. For instructions on registering, contact the Regional Coordinator at

Brazos Valley Regional History Fair, February 9, 2018

Students from a five county region will compete for advancement to Texas History Day in Austin under the guidelines of National History Day ®. Students in Grades 6-12 create projects related to an annual theme, which in 2018 is "Conflict and Compromise in History." Project categories include: historical papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites. For more information, click here.