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!
"Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas" exhibit
The exhibit explores challenges faced by African Americans throughout the 19th century and focuses upon individuals from Washington County and the surrounding area who conquered those challenges. The exhibit will be open through February 14, 2016.
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.
"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 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.