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 often as more events will be added to the calendar as information becomes available!
2014 Calendar of Events
Registration deadline for Brazos Valley Regional History Fair, January 10, 2014
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.
Texas Pioneers: Girl Scout Day, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13, 2014
On the second Saturday of each month during the school year, the museum will host a three-hour interactive event for Girl Scouts to earn a "Texas Pioneer" patch. The goal of the event is to promote an awareness of how living has changed from pioneering days to modern times. Activities will include making butter, constructing a broom, and cooperatively doing daily chores. The event will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and cost $8 per scout. Interested troop leaders should contact Elaine Platt, Visitor Services Coordinator, at email@example.com or call (936) 878-2461, ext. 236 to register.
Brazos Valley Regional History Fair, February 7, 2014
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 2014 is "Rights and Responsibilities in History." Project categories include: historical papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites. For more information, click here.
Exhibit opening: "Weather Wisdom: Forecasting in the 19th Century," March 1, 2014
"Weather Wisdom: Forecasting in the 19th Century." Included in the exhibit are assorted 19th century scientific instruments used to measure wind velocity, atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity. "Weather Wisdom" will be open through February 15, 2015.
Texas Independence Day Celebration, March 1-2, 2014
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.
Blue Star Museums, May 26 through September 1, 2014
Star of the Republic Museum and all sites at Washington on the Brazos will show their appreciation for members of the U.S. armed forces this summer by offering free admission to active duty military personnel and 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.
STARS (Students Thriving and Reaching Success), June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16, 2014
STARS is a FREE program for selected students from Washington, TX, ages 6–10, on the first and third Saturdays in June, July and August, from 10:00 am to 12 noon. Parents are welcome to drop off their children and return at noon to pick them up. The program will provide a welcoming environment where students engage in a positive experience to a foster life-long appreciation for museums, history, learning and reading. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate and will be recognized as “MUSEUM STARS” in a display at the Museum. Space is limited. To apply, click here.
"H-E-B Fireworks on the Brazos," July 4, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
Every Thursday in October, the staff at the museum and the 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. In the museum, learn about childhood chores, clothes, and schools, and then make some old-fashioned toys to take home. Enjoy your picnic lunch in the pecan grove along the Brazos River. At Barrington Farm, experience life on an 1850s era farm to learn more about the crops, livestock, and daily life of early Texans. No minimum group size required.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $8/child, $6/adult
Lunch not provided, picnics welcome!
Reservations and payment in advance required:
Call 936-878-2461, ext. 236 for reservations, after September 1.
Night at the Star of the Republic Museum, November 1, 2014
Come one, come all, to the museum to see
Spirits of the past talking to you and me!
Bring your flashlights to travel through time
And discover the secrets of life gone by.
Back to the Republic of Texas we’ll go
To meet Stephen F. Austin and a buffalo!
Along the way, if you look just right,
The history might come to life!
The Star of the Republic Museum will present Night at the Star of the Republic Museum on Saturday, November 1. Come anytime between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., when the lights will go down and the museum’s exhibits will come to life! Explore the museum by flashlight—but BEWARE of what’s around the corner! This is a fun way to learn about Texas history from real live costumed characters who step out of the exhibits to tell their story.
Admission fee is $5/Adults, $3/Students. Free to anyone with a current Blinn College ID. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight!
Christmas on the Brazos, December 13, 2014
Start the holiday season by spending the day at Washington on the Brazos with holiday activities for all ages including period music, craft making, readings, food samplings and sale of artisan gifts. This event features modern and historic activities throughout the site; standard admission fees will apply to the daytime activities. At 5 p.m., activities will shift to Barrington Farm for Candlelight Christmas, the evening event. This special program features timed vignettes, offering glimpses into 1850s festivities through a candlelit tour of Barrington Farm. The event will include live 19th century music and dancing, bonfires and Christmas readings, 1850s Santa Claus, musket firing, cookies and hot cider. Please allow at least one hour to complete the full experience. Groups will enter the site at timed intervals and reservations are highly recommended and will be accepted starting October 1.