Star of the Republic Museum

2017 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 13, 2017

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 10, 2017

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 2017 is "Taking a Stand in History." Project categories include: historical papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites. For more information, click here.


Texas Independence Day Celebration, March 4–5, 2017

Texian Army Re-enactmentEvery 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. For schedule of events, click here.



"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.


Juneteenth Heritage Celebration, June 24 (10am-4pm)

Join us as we observe Juneteenth by celebrating the rich African-American heritage and culture of the Brazos Valley, past and present.  Star of the Republic Museum and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park will have discounted Brazos Pass tickets available.  For additional information contact Jon Failor at 936-878-2214 ext. 224

Event Highlights include:

Hands-on History, Third Saturday of the month

On the third Saturday of the month, 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.
May 20:   Buzz Saws
June 17:   Knot Tying
July 15:   Quill Writing
August 19:   Corn Husk Dolls
September 16:   Rope Making


Home School Days in October, 2017

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