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Coal Mines

March 14, 2019

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The ignite coal boom in Bastrop County lasted from 1902 to 1944. The County held the largest deposit of lignite in the State, and, by the 1920s and 1930s, ignite mining was the County's leading industry. Bastrop county lignite fueled the State capitol, the University of Texas and many central Texas colleges, federal buildings and manufacturing facilities.

Featuring the work of artist Lee Jamison the story of coal in Bastrop County comes to life in our final permanent exhibit. 

Sayers Family Stories to Highlight Talk - July Quarterly Speaker Meeting

July 26, 2018

Ever since DeLea Sayers, great grandnephew of Texas governor Joseph D. Sayers, was in first grade he has been fascinated by his ancestor's achievements. As our quarterly speaker he will discuss these achievements, focusing on "family stories that haven't yet made it into the public domain."

Calvary Heritage Hall, 1020 Main Street, Bastrop

6:30 p.m.

Special Exhibit - Bastrop County during WWII, On the Home Front

Stop by the museum and see our new special exhibit featuring information and artifacts specific to Bastrop County during WWII.  This exhibit is free to all and includes a photo opportunity to see what you would look like in a military uniform.  The exhibit will run through August.

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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