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.


Juneteenth Heritage Celebration, June 24 (10:00am-4:30pm)

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:

  • Hugh McElroy, first black football player to start in a game for Texas A&M, 1970
  • Dr. Andrew Torget, Professor of History at University of North Texas, author of Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850
  • Stonehamville United Methodist Church (Plantersville, TX) Youth Choir
  • Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church (Brenham, TX) Men’s Choir
  • Chappell Hill Hist. Society to display works of late African American artist Rev. Johnnie Swearingen
  • Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Program
  • Prairie View Trail Riders Association
  • Artifact exhibits featuring items from the Star of the Republic Museum
  • BBQ and Beverages available for purchase



    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.
    June 17:   Knot Tying
    July 15:   Quill Writing
    August 19:   Corn Husk Dolls
    September 16:   Rope Making



    Fireworks on the Brazos, July 4 (10:00am-10:00pm)

    This is one of the park's most treasured events occurs on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Presented by H-E-B and coordinated by Washington on the Brazos State Park Association. The event celebrates when the U.S. became the U.S., at the place "Where Texas Became Texas." The Fourth of July celebration includes a concert; patriotic music; old-fashioned baseball games; period games; rifle firing demonstrations; food and crafts; and living history interpretations. Admission to the park and parking is free during this event; shuttle within the park is also free. Visitors can bring picnics; blankets; lawn chairs; and flashlights; alcohol is prohibited. For more information, contact Jon Failor at 936-878-2214 ext. 224.


    Homeschool Days Expand to Include September and October, 2017

    In September and 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.  Please register to reserve your spots, space is limited!

    The following dates are open for Homeschool Days:
    September 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27, 29
    October 5, 12, 19, 26

    $8 per student
    $6 per adult


    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 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.