2016 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!
Registration deadline for Brazos Valley Regional History Fair, January 15, 2016
Students who qualify for the Regional History Fair must be registered by 5:00 pm. For instructions on registering, contact the Regional Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black History Month Speaker, February 6, 2016
Anne Zenor from Navasota, Texas will speak at 2 p.m. Her topic will be: Who Am I? Tracing my Ancestry from the First 300 that Came with Stephen F. Austin. Learn more about the early Texans who were not counted as citizens.
Brazos Valley Regional History Fair, February 12, 2016
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 2016 is "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History." Project categories include: historical papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites. For more information, click here.
Texas Independence Day Celebration, March 5–6, 2016
Every year Washington-on-the-Brazos is the site for a giant party celebrating Texas birthday, bringing thousands of visitors out to join in the recognition of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Festivities, sponsored by the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association, include traditional crafts and music demonstrations, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampments, and commemorative programs.
"A Legacy of Leadership: The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence," exhibit opening, March 5, 2016
The Star of the Republic Museum will celebrate the 180th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence March 5-6, 2016, with its new exhibit, “A Legacy of Leadership: The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.” Elected as delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1836, these men determined the future of Texas. Amongst them were 12 lawyers, five physicians, four surveyors and three each of planters, empresarios and merchants. The exhibit focuses on their roles as leaders and includes personal artifacts such as Sam Maverick’s buckskins, a cameo of Michel Menard, oil portraits of Stephen Blount and his wife, and many others. The exhibit will be open until February 15, 2017.
Pioneer Playroom Opening, March 12, 2016
The new Pioneer Playroom is designed to provide a hands-on opportunity for children of all ages to step back in time and role play the life of an early pioneer. Children can load and sit on a buckboard wagon, dress in period clothing, build a log cabin, cook in the fireplace, wash and hang laundry, haul water, milk a cow, gather eggs from a chicken coop and more.
Blue Star Museums, May 30–September 5, 2016
Star of the Republic Museum shows its appreciation for members of the U. S. armed forces this summer by offering free admission to active duty miitary personnel with up to five family members between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as part of the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U. S. Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.
Hands-on History, Saturdays from June 4 through August 20, 2016
Every Saturday from June 4 through August 20, 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.
June 4 Knot Tying
June 11 Cornhusk Dolls
June 18 Basket Weaving
June 25 Buzz Saws
July 2 Floating Ball Toys
July 9 Tissue Flowers
July 16 Quill Writing
July 23 Knot Tying
July 30 Embroidery
Aug 6 Basket Weaving
Aug 13 Buzz Saws
Aug 20 Corn Husk Dolls
"H-E-B Fireworks on the Brazos," July 4, 2016
Celebrate our national independence at the "Birthplace of Texas!" Sponsored by HEB, the annual 4th of July celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos includes a fun-filled day of family activities. The highlight of the celebration will feature a fabulous fireworks show in the park presented by HEB!
Admission to the park grounds is free. Visitors can also tour the historic sites within the Park during the day, including Star of the Republic Museum (10:00 am-7:00 pm), Barrington Living History Farm (12:00-8:00 pm), and Independence Hall; regular admission fees apply. Food vendors will offer a variety of festival food choices on-site. Visit the arts & crafts booths for a special souvenir. Visitors may wish to bring picnics, blankets or lawn chairs, and flashlights. State park rules apply; alcohol prohibited.
School Daze-Education in Early Texas, August, 2016
Teachers, this is your month! All sites offer you free admission with a school ID or business card. Find out what learning opportunities are available throughout the year at the Park.
Home School Days in October, 2016
Every Thursday in October, the staff at the museum and Barrington Farm will present Childhood in Early Texas, an interactive hands-on program for the entire family, targeting students ages 5-12. Discover what life was like for a child in the mid-19th century during a visit to this historic site. Students will learn about chores, clothing, schools, farm life, and more. They will make some old fashioned toys to take home. No minimum group size required. Individual families may register.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $8/child, $6/adult
Lunch NOT provided, picnics welcome!
Reservations and payment in advance required. Space is limited!
Call 936-878-2461, ext. 245 for reservations or more information
Night at the Star of the Republic Museum, November 5, 2016
The lights will go down and the museum's exhibits will come to life! But BEWARE of what's around the corner! Discover the history of Texas in a different light! This is a fun way to learn about Texas history as real live characters step out of the exhibits to tell the story of the Texas Republic! Come anytime between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Don't forget to bring a flashlight!
Cost: $5/Adults, $3/Students, children ages 6 and under are free! Anyone with a current Blinn College ID is also free!
Christmas on the Brazos, December 10, 2016
Celebrate the holiday season by spending the day at Washington on the Brazos with activities for all ages, including period music, craft making, readings, and Christmas lore. In the evening, Barrington Farm comes to life with "Candelight Christmas." Visit wheretexasbecametexas.org for details.