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A Night at the Picture Show

November 01, 2019

Help us kick off our latest special exhibit, "History of Live Entertainment & Film in Bastrop County," with a night out at the Picture Show! "Shane" originally shown at Bastrop's Tower Theater in 1955, will be featured at the Bastrop Opera House.

This will be fun for the whole family with 1950s admission pricing and concessions.

Adults - 50 cents

Children - 20 cents

Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Bastrop Opera House

711 Spring Street

Bastrop, TX 78602

Historic Downtown Walking Tours - Every Saturday in October

October 05, 2019

We will be hosting Historic Downtown walking tours every Saturday in October.  Tours will begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center and Museum at 904 Main Street.  Tours will be approximately 45 minutes long and no reservation is required.  All tours are free to the public.

Guest Presenter - Freedom Colony Descendent Les Grundy

August 02, 2019

On August 2nd we are pleased to have Les Grundy, a descendent of freedom colony founder Joseph Morgan, as our guest presenter. Mr. Grundy will share what he has learned about his ancestors who settled in the Piney Creek area. Piney Creek is one of 25 known Freedom Colony communities in Bastrop County and part of our current special exhibit - Freedom Colonies of Bastrop County.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 and is free.

Freedom Colonies of Bastrop County

June 07, 2019

Special Exhibit: Freedom Colonies of Bastrop County opening on June 7th, 5:30 p.m.

 

Stories of the historical settlements founded by former slaves, the families that lived in those settlements, and the impact their descendants still have in Bastrop County and throughout the United States. 

Historic Downtown Walking Tours - Every Saturday in May

May 04, 2019

Saturday, May 4th tour cancelled due to weather!! Join us next week.

 

In celebration of Preservation Month, BCHS will be hosting Historic Downtown walking tours every Saturday in May.  Tours will begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center and Museum at 904 Main Street.  Tours will be approximately 45 minutes long and no reservation is required.  All tours are free to the public.

Special Exhibit - Episcopal Church 150 Years

April 05, 2019

See the special exhibit on the Episcopal Church of Bastrop opening April 5th during first Friday, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Exhibit is free and will run through May.

BCHS Quarterly Speaker Meeting

January 24, 2019

Calvary Heritage Hall

1020 Main Street

Bastrop, TX 78602

6:30 PM

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Holiday Rendezvous

December 08, 2018

Rendezvous with us at the Bastrop Convention Center for a fun-filled evening. This special holiday event will feature a full buffet dinner, host bar and live music from Frank Cavitt and his band.

Historic Holiday Homes Tour

December 08, 2018

Join the festivities on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from Noon to 5 pm for the Historical Society’s annual Holiday Homes Tour! This year boasts an amazing six classic historical homes and the Bastrop Christian Church. Four of the homes have never been on the tour before.

November 03, 2018

10,000 square foot building overflowing with adult, baby & children's clothes & shoes, jewelry, toys, musical instruments, sports equipment, art, vintage items, antiques, furniture, lighting, household items, linens, appliances, tools, electronics, garden equipment, medical equipment & more.

Members-Only Reception

June 06, 2018

See the newest addition to our WWII exhibit - C-47 model airplane. See the plane up close and learn about all that went into its creation at this members only event at the museum.

Light refreshments will be served.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Walking Tours - Every Saturday in May

May 05, 2018

In celebration of Preservation Month, BCHS will be hosting Historic Downtown Walking tours every Saturday in May.  Tours will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center and Museum at 904 Main Street.  Tours will be approximately 45 minutes long and no reservation is required.  All tours are free to the public.

The Social and Legal Significance of the Delado vs. Bastrop (1948) Case in the History of Texas Civil Rights

January 25, 2018

BCHS is proud to welcome the Honorable Gonzalo Barrientos, former Texas Senator and State Representative and Dr. Gene Preuss, Associate Professor of History, University of Houston-Downtown, in a discussion of the Delgado vs. BISD (1948) case at the upcoming January BCHS Quarterly Speaker’s Meeting. Senator Barrientos, who attended Mina Ward School before it closed in 1949, will speak to his memories and personal experiences.  Dr. Preuss will speak to the social and legal aspect of the case in the Texas civil rights movement. Dr. Preuss’ work on the case appears in the book titled Texan Identities, Moving Beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History.

 

Be certain to stop by the Museum today and pick up a copy of Delgado vs. BISD and the Mina Ward School, the story of the case as excerpted from Bastrop According to Ken: Vol. III, by Ken Kesselus.

The program, chock full of interesting information as only former Mayor Kesselus can write,

is available for $2.

 

BCHS Quarterly Speaker’s Meeting

Thursday, January 25, 2018

6:30 PM

Calvary Hall, 1020 Main Street

Bastrop Ladies Reading Circle Celebrating 120 Years

August 25, 2017

The Magazine Club was organized in bastrop on September 15, 1897.  The study of literature was the purpose of the club.  Mrs. B.D. Orgain was elected the fist president and served the first of her three two year terms from 1897-1899.

The Club grew rapidly and was renamed the Bastrop Ladies Reading Circle in 1900. That year the ladies issued their first yearbook and studied American and English literature, Othello and contemporary literature.

For 120 years they have had numerous achievements which have enhanced life in Bastrop for all. 

The exhibit opens Saturday, September 9th and is free of charge.

Carpe Diem

2017 6th BCHS Community-Wide Garage & Estate Sale is an Outstanding Success!

May 12, 2017

The 6th Bastrop County Historical Society Community-Wide Garage & Estate Sale added sales of $34,500 to support the operations of the Historical Society's whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of Bastrop County. The event, which was our most successful ever, was held April 21 and 22 at the First Baptist Church Building located at 915 Highway 71 West.

 

  • Over 200 donors contributed services and goods including clothing, jewelry, toys, sporting equipment, art, vintage and antique items, home goods, gardening, and furniture, until the 10,000-square foot building was bursting at the seams.

  • Over 186 volunteers gave countless hours, many of whom worked for over a month to receive, sort, price and stage donations that exceeded 10,000 items, and then staffed the event during the day and a half of the sale.

 

We are so very grateful to our major sponsors who played a critical role in making the event not only possible but such a rousing success! The First Baptist Church and Dr. Raymond Edge, pastor, generously donated their property for the Historical Society’s use for the six-week period that it took to prepare for the sale, hold the event, and return the building to its original state. And hats off to Phyllis Tadlock, our church liaison!

 

And, for the last two events, Bobby and Terri Harriman of Lone Star Storage donated storage space for the items that the Society has been collecting in preparation for this sale since the last one was over in 2015! We are indebted to you for your generous support of our community!

 

The Bastrop Police Department and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office provided invaluable assistance to make this a safe weekend for everyone. That was an almost herculean task given the number of shoppers who thronged the Early Buyers Sneak Peek on Friday evening and the sale on Saturday.  We would also like to thank Aqua Water Supply for the swift response to a burst water line in the parking lot that threatened to soak our shoppers!

 

Friday evening's Sneak Peek, the early buyers event, was coordinated by Sharah Johnson and Debbi Goertz. They worked with the following individuals and businesses to provide cookies, water, and the many exciting silent auction and raffle items. Donors were:

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