Christmas spirit high at holiday events by pengxuebo


									                                                                                                              Winter 2008
      The Of ficial Publication of the For t Bend County Museum Association

                       Christmas spirit high at holiday events
Table of                 Christmas spirit was
                       high at the Fort Bend
ConTenTs               County Museum Associa-
                       tion this December. With
                       two special events kick-
      Events           ing off the 2008 holiday
   Pages 3 & 4         season, members and vis-
                       itors enjoyed a merry look
                       back at Christmases of the
   Noteworthy          past.
     News                On December 4, the
   Pages 5 & 6         Fort Bend Museum Do-          ABOVE: Cowboy Brett Haney (far right) gathers around the fire with local musicians
                                                     for the George Ranch Historical Park’s “Campfire Christmas” on Dec. 6.
                       cents held their annual
                       gala celebration at the
   Volunteers          historic Moore Home in
      Page 7           Richmond. The intimate
                       event was open to Mu-
                       seum Association mem-
    Education          bers and featured finger
   Pages 8 & 9         foods and free tours of the
                       decorated Moore home.
                       The gala was generously
   Behind the          underwritten by Amegy
                       Bank, Frost Bank and Bill
                       and Sandra Billingsley.
     Page 12
                         On the morning of De-       ABOVE: Brenda White browses the hand-made gifts at the Docents’ “Craft Corner”
                                                     during the Candlelight Tour Gala while Liz Gerstenberger looks on.
                       cember 5, senior citizen
                       groups enjoyed tours of                Inside:                          received,” said Education
   Historically                                                                                Coordinator Claire Rogers.
                       the Moore Home. Later          Check out more pictures
    Speaking                                          from the holiday events!                    During the event, the
                       that evening, the Candle-
     Page 13                                                 PAGE 11                           Docents sold raffle tick-
                       light Tours were opened to
                       the public. Junior histori-                                             ets for the grand prize, a
                       ans from Sartartia Middle     the Moore Home. Each of                   queen/king-sized quilt in
  Preserving and       School, along with their      the 10 rooms was decorat-                 soft colors, and 16 other
   Sharing Texas       sponsors, were on hand        ed according to a “Christ-                items. They also had hand-
History in Fort Bend   to give tours of the Long-    mas Carols” theme.                        made gift items for sale at
 County Since 1967     Smith Cottage while more        “It was a beautiful night
                       than 25 Docents staffed       and the theme was well-                           Christmas, Page 14
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                                                                          too late at the end of a long
                                                                          day and was leaving for home
                                                                          on the morrow.
                                                                            However, the one certainty
                                                                          in an uncertain world is that
                                                                          nothing stays the same.
                                                                            In the last two months, the
       2008 BOARD OF TRuSTEES                                             Museum Association has been
                                                                          faced with the negative effects
                Pat Hebert                                                of the downturn in the world’s
                                                                          economy and we’ve had to
              Vice Presidents
               Joe Robinson                                               quickly adapt to reduced rev-
               Bill Zemanek                                               enue streams. Fortunately, we
                Secretary                                                 are blessed with the loyal com-
              Regina Morales                                              mitment of a community that
                 Treasurer                     “For everything, there is aunderstands and appreciates
                Joe Bonham
                                            season…” and the holidays     the need to preserve its valuable
                  Trustees                  are a time for reflection and historical resources. The signif-
             Karl Baumgartner               remembrance of the passage    icant challenges of recession,
              Kathleen Bowen                                              economic uncertainty, and
              Ivan Butterfield              of another year. Much of
                Roy Cordes                  2008 was a bountiful year     budget reductions will bring a
              Robert Crosser                                              new season of change for us. It
               Brad Ferguson                for the Museum Association
             Susan Hargarther               filled with growth and suc-   will be a time for focusing on
               Melody Hess                  cess. We were harvesting the  what is truly important and for
             Carol Kalinowski
               Susan Lowery                 results of hard work, creativeworking together to find new
                Mark Magee                  innovation, and collabora-    solutions and ideas. Thanks to
             Richard McCarter
             Winston McKnight               tive efforts and were able to our members, donors, volun-
              Bonnie Walker                 sow the seeds of expanded     teers, and staff, our foundation
               Mildred West                 services and programs.        is strong and solid and will
Fort Bend Archeological Society President      In    mid-summer,       we weather these storms as it has
             Robert Crosser                 opened the George Ranch       survived others in the past.
    Fort Bend Museum Docents President      Historical Park free to the     As we close the chapter of
             Carol Kalinowski               public to show our appre-     2008, thank you once again for
                                            ciation for the community
             Executive Director                                           your involvement and support
              Candace Jones                 that supports our endeavors.
                                                                          of the Fort Bend County Mu-
                                            At Texian Market Days, we
The Texian Gazette is published quarterly
                                            provided a free field trip forseum Association. Your gener-
 and distributed to members and friends.
                                            a school in Galveston whose   osity is deeply appreciated and
           Texian Gazette Editor            students were suffering in    remembered all year long.
              Jennifer Farrell                                              Happy Holidays and Happy
                                            the aftermath of Hurricane
    Fort Bend County Museum Association     Ike. Countless times, our     New Year from all of us to you
                P.O. Box 460                                              and your families!
         Richmond, Texas 77406-0460         staff gave generously of their
               (281) 342-1256               personal time to provide an
            unplanned tour for the out- Candace Jones
                                            of-state visitor who arrived Executive Director
  evenTs                                                                                                                       3
Golf Classic tournament draws 90+                                                                Upcoming events
   Rays of sunshine chased away
some menacing storm clouds just                                                                January
before the start of this year’s Texian
                                                                                               10 - Docent Meeting
Golf Classic. On Monday, Nov. 24,                                                              Installation of New Officers
nearly 100 players came out to the                                                             9:30 a.m. gathering; 10 a.m. meeting
Sweetwater Country Club to benefit                                                             Jane Long Annex
the Fort Bend County Museum As-
sociation’s educational programs.                                                              14 - Archeological Society Meeting
   “The ninth annual Texian Golf                                                               7 p.m., George Memorial Library
Classic was greatly enjoyed by all the    ABOVE: Executive Director Candace Jones (far left)
                                                                                               17 - Scouts’ Texas Badge Workshop
players and volunteers I spoke with,”     stands with Commissioner James Patterson, Com-
                                                                                               Fort Bend Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                          missioner Tom Stavinoha, County Judge Bob Hebert
said Chairman Joe Robinson.               and Texian Golf Classic Chairman Joe Robinson.
   Though thunderstorms were pre-                                                              February
dicted to roll in during the afternoon,   “We also want to profusely thank
the rain mercifully skirted the golf                                                           4, 5 & 6 - Tales of Texas
                                          the many individuals and compa-                      George Ranch Historical Park
course. Players enjoyed a comfort-
                                          nies that donated items for our silent
able and cool afternoon with a deli-
                                          and live auction packages. Thank                     11 - Archeological Society Meeting
cious box lunch, snacks, drinks and                                                            7 p.m., George Memorial Library
                                          you to all who sponsored, all who
a catered dinner after the game.
                                          put teams together and individuals
   During the dinner, Executive Di-                                                            21 - Vintage Baseball Tournament
rector Candace Jones presented            who came out to support us.”                         George Ranch Historical Park
honorees County Judge Bob Hebert,           Special thanks also goes to Chair-
Commissioner James Patterson and          man Joe Robinson; Co-Chair Win-                      March
Commissioner Tom Stavinoha with           ston McKnight; the Texian Golf
                                          Classic planning committee; Live                     7 - Scouts’ Texas Badge Workshop
special gifts. (Commissioner Grady                                                             Fort Bend Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prestage wasn’t able to attend due to     Auction Chair Ann Council; Silent
illness; Commissioner Andy Meyers         Auction Chair Patty Robinson and                     11 - Archeological Society Meeting
arrived just after the presentation.)     Auctioneer Jeff Council.                             7 p.m., George Memorial Library
   “We are honored to have Judge            “News of a good time travels
Hebert and the commissioners serve        fast,” Robinson said. “Hopefully,                    14 - Docent Meeting
                                                                                               9:30 a.m. gathering; 10 a.m. meeting
as our honorary chairs,” said Devel-      the fun will bring the players back                  Jane Long Annex
opment Coordinator Diana Winebar.         next year!”
                                                                                               28 - Children’s Day
                         Save t h e Dat e !                                                    Noon to 5 p.m., Fort Bend Museum

                  Lone Star Stomp XX                                                           April

                Saturday, apriL 18, 2009                                                       4 - Runaway Scrape
                                                                                               George Ranch Historical Park
                              This is a gala like no other!                                    11 - Easter Celebration
                      Please plan to join us for food, drinks and
                     dancing – and help further the preservation                               George Ranch Historical Park
                       and educational efforts of the Fort Bend
                            County Museum Association!                                         18 - Lone Star Stomp
                                                                                               George Ranch Historical Park
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25th annual Texian market days a ‘smashing success’
  Nearly 3,000 people          Confederate soldiers went
enjoyed the sights, sounds     home victorious.
and activities of the past       “We live in the South –
at the 2008 Texian Market      the Confederates have to
Days festival.                 win!” said lead interpreter
  Cooler       temperatures    Matthew Driggers.
and gorgeous weather set         The area surrounding
the stage for the silver       the 1890s Davis Victorian
anniversary celebration,       Mansion was bustling
which included battle re-      with activities: Victorian
enactments, live music,        games, blacksmithing, live
historical foods and lots      music from Pat Gavin,
of hands-on children’s         entertainment from Dr.
activities.    Additionally,   Bushrod’s Medicine Show
more than 250 volunteers       and a food court for the                                      ABOVE: Middle school children from
                                                                                             Fort Bend Baptist Academy of Sugar
showed up to help make         hungry. An antique hearse                                     Land learn about period firearms from
the day a success.             was also displayed inside                                     re-enactor Dennis Heckathorn. Heck-
                                                                                             athorn was just one of nearly 50 re-
  “Our silver anniversary      the historic cemetery.                                        enactors at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm
of Texian Market Days            “Our volunteers were                                        Site. All in all, more than 250 volunteers
                                                                                             lent their time and talent to help make
was a smashing success.        outstanding,” said lead                                       the 25th annual Texian Market Days a
Everyone including staff,      interpreter Mike Sharkey.                                     success.

volunteers, guests (and        “They helped me out so
even the weather!) just        much.”
came together to make            Vendors were set up                                         LEFT: Candace Jones, Executive Direc-
                                                                                             tor of the Fort Bend County Museum
a great event,” said           around the 1930s George                                       Association, presents Joyce Bartos with
Jerry Hoover, Fort Bend        Cattle     Complex       and                                  a personalized gift for her dedication to
                                                                                             the Texian Market Days Festival. Bartos
Museum Site Director           Village areas. Author                                         has volunteered at every Texian Market
and Texian Market Days         Margaret McManis read                                         Days since its inception in 1984.

Committee Chairman.            her children’s book, “The       home that burned in 1888.     than in years before, said
  At the 1830s Jones Stock     Wild Texas Stampede!,”             “This year they found      Program Manager Robert
Farm site, lead interpreter    near the old tree house         two items of note: one very   Hurley.
J.R. Thomas said he was        and said she hopes to be        small brass button with a       “From my perspective,
especially pleased with the    back next year. SWAY’d, a       design on it (the kind that   the whole event was a
re-enactment of William        women’s quartet from the        might have been used on a     resounding       success,”
B. Travis’ arrest.             Houston Horizon Chorus,         lady’s button-up shoe) and    said    Candace     Jones,
  “We had a clearly defined    performed in the Gazebo.        one piece of glass that had   executive director of
storyline that hasn’t been     They also strolled around       been in a fire hot enough
                                                                                             the Fort Bend County
done in the past. Both the     the George Home and             to melt it (much hotter
re-enactors and public         serenaded visitors with                                       Museum Association. “I
                                                               than a cooking or fireplace
really enjoyed it,” he said.   classic American standards      fire.) This would have        saw a turning point this
“I heard many compliments      from the early- to mid-         been a house fire,” said      year as everyone went all
throughout the day.”           1900s. The Fort Bend            Education      Coordinator    out to engage the public.
  The 1860s Ryon Prairie       Archeological        Society    Claire Rogers.                As a result, the quality
Home site was home to          held a public dig in the side      The Tractor Show &         and authenticity of our
the Confederate and union      yard of the George Home,        Pull at the Arena was also    programs was increased
camps. At 2 p.m., a mock       hoping to uncover the           a big attraction and was      and we really picked up
battle was staged and the      foundation for the prairie      attended by more people       momentum.”
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recycling at the ranch: making a world of difference
  Green is the new color        Program Office and the
at the George Ranch His-        blacksmith’s shop.
torical Park.                      “As people who are pas-
  Earlier this fall, the Park   sionate about preserving
partnered with We CAN           the past, we’re also excited
Recycle to bring some           to help preserve our future
environmentally-friendly        through recycling,” said
options to Houston’s pre-       Rick Bray, director of pro-
mier living history site.       grams for the Park. “This
Cans, bottles, glass, elec-     is what we do best!”
tronics, paper and plastic         We CAN Recycle is a
can now all be recycled at      not-for-profit volunteer
the Park.                       organization dedicated to
                                helping make a difference
helP Us reCyCle!                against environmental is-
                                sues facing Houston and
WhaT: Cans, bottles,            the surrounding areas,
glass, electronics, pa-         America and planet Earth.
                                   Their mission is to raise
                                                                 1 9 0 1 R i c h m o n d D e p o t U p d at e
per and plastic
                                awareness about the im-
Where: George Ranch             portance of recycling,
Historical Park: 10215          reduce pollution and
FM 762 in Richmond              greenhouse gases, reduce
                                the strain on our landfills
Call: (281) 343-0218            and provide a vehicle for
                                needy and abused animals
                                in the Houston area.
   Visitor Services Man-           Anyone wishing to re-
ager Kandy Taylor-Hille         cycle can bring items to
was instrumental in the         the Park’s visitor center,
partnership.                    located at 10215 FM 762
   “It has always been          in Richmond. Please sepa-
my desire to see a recy-        rate items for easy sorting
                                                                Renovations on the historic 1901 Richmond De-
cling program here at the       (cans, paper, plastic, etc.).   pot have progressed nicely this fall. The outside
Ranch,” she said. “I was        Pickups take place early        of the building has now been completely restored
ecstatic when Mark Aus-         every Monday morning,           and made weather-tight, said Museum Site Direc-
tin, We CAN Recycle’s           so please bring your recy-      tor Jerry Hoover. Teams scraped and painted the
president, called and men-      clables by Saturday after-      outside and replaced the windows with historic
tioned the exact same           noon. (The Park is closed       glass from the turn-of-the-century. The doors were
thing.”                         on Sundays and Mon-             also re-built using historically-accurate cypress
   Recycling barrels have       days.)                          wood. Additionally, footing for future porches and
                                                                ramps have been set in place. The depot is located
been placed in various lo-         For more information         at the 500 block of Preston in Richmond’s Decker
cations at the Park, includ-    about the new recycling         Park. For more information about the historic de-
ing the picnic area, outside    program, please call (281)      pot, call (281) 342-6478.
the Dinner Bell Café, the       343-0218.
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                                                Jewel performs at George ranch
                                                for ‘Up Close & Personal’ event
                                                  Multi-platinum recording artist
                                                Jewel entertained nearly 200 peo-
   Carole Croatt, one of our faithful, hard-
working members, has spent the past year
                                                ple on October 29 with a private
cataloging all of the items in our library      performance at the George Ranch
– and now the inventory is complete and         Historical Park. The concert was
the books, magazines and site surveys are
ready to be checked out! The library is lo-     an “up Close and Personal” event
cated in the Tyree House – so if you want to    sponsored by country radio station
peruse the collection, call Claire at the Mu-   93Q.
seum so she can let you in to look around.
   Our November meeting featured avo-             Jewel performed a one-hour
cational archeologist Frank Eugene Grif-        acoustical set from the front porch
fin. His topic was “Lithic Technology: A        of the log cabin at 1830s Jones
Manufacturing and Production Inference
Model.” For those of us needing a little        Stock Farm. She began by singing
translation: he talked about and showed         “Stronger Woman” and wrapped up
many examples of projectile points, includ-     the evening with “Chime Bells.”
ing how to tell how they were made and in
what stage of production they might be. It        “What a beautiful place to get to
was a very informative meeting with slides      sing,” she said. “This is gorgeous!”
and handouts and a Q&A period. Griffin            Prior to the performance, the au-
also promised to come back in January for
a talk on “Edge Wear Analysis” – what it        dience got the opportunity to step     ABOVE: Singer/songwriter Jewel gave a private
means when the edge is worn down on a           back in time and interact with the     acoustic performance at the George Ranch Histori-
                                                                                       cal Park’s 1830s Jones Stock Farm site on Oct. 29.
point!                                          Park’s cowboys and historical in-
   The November Boy Scout dig – held                                                   hay bales.
in conjunction with the Houston Museum          terpreters. Activities in spinning,
of Natural Science – was a big success.         weaving, corn grinding, branding         Videos and sound clips from the
Twenty Boy Scouts and their leaders par-        and roasting s’mores – as well as      performance are available on Jew-
ticipated – one family from Austin and
another group from West Texas! They said        a buffet dinner prepared by gour-      el’s Web site (
that they looked all over and our program       met Chef Vladimir Smirnov – kept       under the “Jewel’s Blog” section.
for earning the Archeology Merit Badge          everyone busy until Jewel was in-        If you are interested in holding
was the only one they found in all of the
state of Texas!                                 troduced.                              your event at the George Ranch
   The December meeting was a Christmas           Amphitheatre-style seating was       Historical Park, please call Betsy
party at the Tyree House. The new execu-        arranged around the cabin using        Zapalac at (281) 343-0218.
tive board was elected:
   President – Mark Kellner
   Vice-president – Bob Crosser
   Secretary/Treasurer – Claire Rogers          members to receive 10% discount
   Three-year board member – Karl
   Two-year board member – Dick Lane
                                                at richmond ‘enchanted’ locations
   One-year board member – Velia
Stroud                                            Enchanted Forest and Enchanted       Jackson.
                                                Gardens are now offering a 10 per-       Enchanted Forest is located at
   All of our other meetings are at the         cent discount to members of the        10611 FM 2759 in Richmond; En-
George Memorial Library in Richmond on
the second Wednesday of the month at 7
                                                Fort Bend County Museum Asso-          chanted Gardens is located at 6420
p.m. For information or to sign up for the      ciation.                               FM 359 in Richmond.
newsletter, e-mail Claire Rogers, secretary/      “We are thrilled to have them          Members must show their Muse-
treasurer, at educator@fortbendmuseum.          as part of our member package,”        um Association membership card to
                                                said Development Specialist Mitzi      receive the discount, Jackson said.
  volUnTeers                                                                                                                             7
docents step back to 1700s at Colonial Williamsburg
   Candlelight flickered        especially enjoyed the
off the jurors’ faces as they   food from Chowning’s
wrestled with the verdict.      Tavern, Christiana Camp-
The test results were un-       bell’s Tavern (George
deniable. Evil surely re-       Washington’s favorite)
sided in this woman.            and the Williamsburg
   The woman stood in the       Inn.
center of the room, her            “It was just a really
stance challenging and          special experience,” she
belligerent. Earlier that       said.
day, they had bound her            Halfway through the
arms behind her knees           trip, the group toured
and dunked her in water.        the Jamestown Settle-
If she sunk, they said, she     ment, America’s first per-    ABOVE: This fall, the Fort Bend Museum Docents visited Colonial Williamsburg
would be released.              manent English colony.        and enjoyed being transported back to the 18th century. Pictured from left to right
                                                              in the front row are Billie Wendt, Linda Robison, Carol Kalinowski, Beverly Kalina
   She had floated.             While there, they spoke       and Mary Jane Kocurek. Back row, left to right: Joyce Lolley, Aimee Bluhm, Barbara
                                                              Bleil, Sandra Hoegemeyer and Nancy Bartosh.
   This fall, the Fort Bend     with an archeologist who
Museum Docents got the          explained the ongoing ex-
chance to step back in          cavations at the site.                           docents’ Corner
time and participate in a          “They unearth things,
witch’s trial and other ac-     document them and then
tivities from the 1700s.        cover them back up for             Our Candlelight Tour was              Farrell and Delores Moore.
                                                                just wonderful! The house                Of course, a huge thank
Eight Docents and five          future generations,” Lol-       was beautifully decorated                you to our underwriters for
guests visited Colonial         ley said. “I’ve never heard     and everyone loved the                   the Gala: Bill and Sandra
Williamsburg from Sept.         of something like that – it     theme! Thanks to everyone                Billingsley, Mark Magee
28 through Oct. 3.              was so interesting.”            who decorated and worked                 of Amegy Bank, and Barry
   The group stayed at the         Before returning home,       at the Candlelight Gala and              Beard of Frost Bank.
                                                                Tour.                                       I would like to wish each
Williamsburg Lodge and          the Docents and their              We had a nice turnout and             and every one of you a
enjoyed interacting with        guests took a guided            heard many kudos from our                blessed Christmas and Happy
the colonial interpreters,      tour of the Virginia State      guests on our theme and                  New Year! It has been a plea-
touring the historic homes      Capitol building in Rich-       decorations. Thanks to all for
                                                                                                         sure serving as your Docent
and eating historic food at     mond. (Thomas Jefferson         helping to coordinate the tour
                                                                                                         President and working with a
                                                                and prepare for the event. I
the old taverns.                designed the building’s         would also like to thank the
                                                                                                         great group of volunteers.
   “George Washington,          architecture.)                                                              Executive board mem-
                                                                decorators and hostesses for
Patrick Henry and many             “From Richmond, Tex-         all their hard work. A lot goes          bers, please plan to attend the
                                                                on behind the scenes to make             January 6th board meeting at
other colonials enter-          as, to Richmond, Virgin-
                                                                our annual event a success.              4 p.m. on the Moore home
tained us with their views      ia, we had a great time!”                                                porch when we will recap the
                                                                It would not happen without
of the world situation of       Bartosh said.                   the efforts of our executive             Candlellight success and plan
1775. Amazingly, they              The Docents take a trip      board members, and faith-                our meeting for January 10th
weren’t that much differ-       once a year. If you would       ful volunteers, especially Liz           to install our new officers.
ent from 2008!” said Trip       like more information           Stamey, Joyce Bartos, Sally
Chairman Nancy Bar-             about becoming a Docent,        Yates, and Barbara Johnson.              See you in January,
                                                                Thanks also to Claire Rog-               Carol Kalinowski
tosh.                           please call the Museum at       ers, Jerry Hoover, Jennifer              Docent President
   Joyce Lolley said she        (281) 342-6478.
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Tales of Texas school event set for february 4, 5 & 6
   Give your students the                colonization and indepen-
Texas experience at the                  dence, the stories behind
2009 Tales of Texas event.               many Texas heroes, Texas
This one-of-a-kind field                 icons and what it means to
trip opportunity focuses                 be a great Texas citizen.
on grades 2 through 5 and                  Capacity is limited, so
features a curriculum that               book your group early.
celebrates the unique, in-               Cost is $5 per student.
dependent Texas spirit.                  For more information, call
   “Tales of Texas is one                (281) 343-0218, ext. 220,
of the more educational,                 or e-mail education@
hands-on school programs       
we offer,” said Museum                     Tales of Texas is a coop-
Site Director Jerry Hoover.              erative program between
“It’s structured like the                the Fort Bend Museum,
Texian Time Machine but                  the George Ranch Histori-     ABOVE: Volunteer Ed Richards demonstrates the print-making process to students
                                                                       from Needville Middle School. The 2009 Tales of Texas school event will take place
is more elaborate.”                      cal Park and the Texian       on February 4, 5 and 6 at the George Ranch Historical Park. Be sure to reserve your
   Programs focus on Texas               Time Machine.                 group’s space early since capacity is limited.

      j U N I o R                 H I S T o R I A N S                  Get a sneak peek at the ’09
                                                                       Children’s day activities
                                                                          What a great opportunity to bring your children, grand-
                                                                       children and neighbors to see YOuR Museum! On Satur-
                                                                       day, March 28, the Moore Home will be open for tours
                                                                       all day. There will be spinners in the cottage and old-fash-
                                                                       ioned chores. Plus, the yard will be filled with activities
                                                                       and entertainment. To name a few:
                                                                          • Fort Bend Master Gardeners – Make a paper pot
                                                                       and plant a seed or two
                                                                          • Brazos Bend State Park – Pet their alligators, snakes
                                                                       and other native Texas animals

  J                                                                       • Brazoria County Woodcarvers Club – They will be
         unior Historians from Sartar-
         tia Middle School gave tours                                  demonstrating wood carving techniques and showing off
         of the Long-Smith Cottage
                                                                       their wares
  during the annual Candlelight Tours
                                                                          • Fort Bend Archeological Society – Come join in a
  on December 5 and 6. Pictured
  above is Shama Tajani. Pictured at
                                                                       real archeological dig site!
  right is Nico Senften.                                                  • Brazos River Pickers were a big hit last year and we
     “They dressed up both nights                                      are hoping to have them back on stage!
  of the Candlelight Tours and did a                                      • Cookie decorating – Always a fun and delicious ac-
  great job interacting with the visi-                                 tivity!
  tors and making them laugh,” said                                       • Plus fun jumps, face painting, games and food....
  Education Coordinator Claire Rog-
                                                                          Children’s Day will take place from noon to 5 p.m. If
                                                                       you are interested in helping to make this an even more
     Tajani’s and Senften’s sponsors
  were Jill Wolosonovich and Peter
                                                                       successful and memorable occasion, please call Claire
  Garcia.                                                              Rogers at (281) 342-6478 or e-mail educator@fortbend-
                                                              to volunteer your time.
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help the Texians elude the soldados at runaway scrape
   The 2009 Runaway Scrape will        arrived in Gonzales on March 11,
take place on Saturday, April 4,       1836, and was informed of the fall
2009, at the George Ranch Histor-      of the Alamo, he decided to retreat
ical Park. The 1830s Jones Stock       to the Colorado River and ordered
Farm is the site of the annual re-     all inhabitants to accompany him.
enactment that depicts Texian set-     Couriers were dispatched from
tlers running from Santa Anna's        Gonzales to carry the news of the
army. Families will get to see the     fall of the Alamo, and when they
Texians in action as they battle for   received that news, people all over
independence. Hands-on activi-         Texas began to leave everything
ties include musket-handling and       and make their way to safety.
muster drills.
                                          Houston's retreat marked the
   The term Runaway Scrape was
                                       beginning of the Runaway Scrape
the name Texians applied to the
                                       on a really large scale. Washing-
flight from their homes when An-
tonio López de Santa Anna began        ton-on-the-Brazos was deserted
his attempted conquest of Texas        by March 17, and about April 1
in February 1836. The first com-       Richmond was evacuated, as were
munities affected were those in        the settlements on both sides of
the south central portions of Texas    the Brazos River. The flight con-
around San Patricio, Refugio and       tinued until news came of the vic-
San Antonio. The people began to       tory in the battle of San Jacinto.
                                                                             ABOVE: Mexican Soldado re-enactors portray General Santa
leave that area as early as Janu-         For more information about         Anna’s army as they march through Texas hoping for conquest.
ary 14, 1836, when the Mexicans        Runaway Scrape, please call           On Saturday, April 4, 2009, plan on visiting the George Ranch
                                                                             Historical Park to participate in the annual Runaway Scrape
were reported gathering on the         (281) 343-0218 or visit www.          event. Families will get to see the Texians in action as they flee
Rio Grande. When Sam Houston                       from their homes and battle for independence.

‘almost spring vintage base ball Tournament’ set for feb. 22

  Step back in time as                                       Houston’s first profes-               modeled after turn-of-
teams get ready to play         We play by the 1860s         sional team).                         the-century photos show-
ball at the “Almost             rules. No gloves or            “We play by 1860s                   ing the Richmond club
Spring Vintage Base Ball                                     rules,” said Bryan McAu-              that T.W. Davis (Polly
                                underhand pitching
Tournament” on Febru-                                        ley, volunteer captain for            Ryon’s grandson; Mamie
                                are the biggest chang-

ary 22. The event will                                       the Richmond Giants.                  George’s brother) was
last from 10 a.m. until 4       es from the modern           “No gloves or underhand
                                game.                                                              involved with, McAuley
p.m. at the George Ranch                                     pitching are the biggest
                                                                                                   said. The team will wear
Historical Park. Games               - bryan mcauley         changes from the modern
                                                                                                   their new uniforms for
will take place roughly            volunteer Captain         game.”
every hour and a half.                                         Wessendorff Insurance               the first time at this tour-
  Several Houston-area        the all-day tournament.        has generously underwrit-             nament.
vintage baseball teams,       Other confirmed teams          ten the costs to provide                For more information,
including the Richmond        include the Montgomery         new gear and uniforms                 please visit www.georg-
Giants, will be matched       Saw Dogs and the Hous-         for the Richmond Giants.     or call (281)
against each other in         ton Babies (named after        The uniforms are loosely              343-0218.
  10                                                            faCes, PlaCes & InTeresTs

dale & Gale dacus remembered through dew house
                                  Dale and Gale were
DeWalt Heritage Center         wonderful parents and
                               grandparents who be-
  East Fort Bend County        lieved in family and who
residents have been hear-      lived their lives for their
ing a great deal about         family.
the old Dew Plantation            Dale was born on Sep-
House that once stood          tember 19, 1924, and
along Highway 6 and was        came from poverty; his
moved to Kitty Hollow          story is an example of
Park in 2006.                  what was once termed the
  Slowly and painstak-         “American Dream.” His
ingly, this turn-of-the-cen-   family lived on a farm
tury house has been in the     and by the age of six, Dale
restoration process so that    was plowing fields. When
the East Fort Bend County      his family couldn’t make
history surrounding it will    it in the farming business,
be preserved for future        they sold the farm and
generations.                   moved into town. He was
  Thomas Tristram Dew          the only white shoe shine
was the first Justice of the   boy in Seminole, Oklaho-
Peace for Missouri City.       ma. After he saved enough        ABOVE: Dale and Gale Dacus were long-time Quail Valley residents. David Dacus,
                                                                his sister Brenda Foster and their families recently contributed $10,000 toward the
George Dew served on           money, he bought a bike          restoration project of the Dew Plantation House in memory of their parents. Mr. &
the Missouri City School       so he could earn more as         Mrs. Dacus were big believers in “family” and leave a legacy of love in their grand-
                                                                children Cam and Alexis Foster, Taylor, Travis & Chad Dacus.
Board for decades, and the     a golf caddie. During his
Dew family owned a great       junior year of high school,
                                                                degree in accounting and                   Gale Dacus lives on in
David Dacus, his sister Brenda Foster and their families con-   Gale received her degree                   their grandchildren, Cam
tributed $10,000 toward the restoration of the Dew Planta-      in education.                              and Alexis Foster and
tion House in memory of their parents Dale and Gale Dacus.         After graduation they                   grandsons Taylor, Tra-
                                                                settled in Dallas, Texas,                  vis and Chad Dacus who
                                                                where Dale was in sales                    were their passion. They
portion of the land on         where he was a straight-A
which some of the City’s       student, he met his future       for many years while Gale                  loved taking them to their
major subdivisions rest,       wife Gale Alberta Wade.          lived her dream teach-                     ranch and gifted both their
including Quail Valley.        She was his soul mate, his       ing. In 1973, the couple                   children and their grand-
   In November David Da-       “girlfriend.”                    moved to Houston where                     children with a love of the
cus, his sister Brenda Fos-      During World War II,           Dale went into business                    outdoors.
ter and their families con-    Dale was stationed in            with his brother and later                   The Dacus’ son David
tributed $10,000 toward        Guam and was in charge of        served as President of                     said that he “can’t wait
this effort in memory of       ordering the food and other      Troy Construction from                     until the Dewalt Heritage
their parents Dale and         supplies needed. After the       1974-1992.                                 Center is complete when
Gale Dacus, who were           war, he and Gale attended           In 1992, Dale founded                   he will come and sit on the
long-time Quail Valley         the university of Hous-          Dacus Land and Cattle.                     bench in his parents’ mem-
residents.                     ton where he received a             The Legacy of Dale and                  ory and feel their spirit.”
  faCes, PlaCes & InTeresTs                                                                                     11
learn to make river cane candles like early Texians
BY J.R. THOMAS                began to arrive, among         nists who came to Texas.          3. Beeswax or tallow
1830s Site Lead               them several young la-         Texas had a number of          is then poured in through
                              dies. Mr. A----- came with     natural resources avail-       the open end and allowed
The following is taken        his family. Mr. M----- and     able to the families if they   to cool and dry. It usually
from “Life In Early Tex-      family did not attend. He      knew how to use them.          takes at least three pours of
as: The Reminiscences of      appeared to have a spite       River cane candles were        wax to completely fill the
Mrs. Dilue Harris.”           against every man in the       practically free—you just      cane mold. Paraffin can be
                              neighborhood.        Before    needed to go gather the        substituted if no beeswax
April, 1834                   dark a servant came in         materials required.            or tallow is available and
Going to a Ball               with a bunch of cane, each       1. River cane should         can be recycled from old
                              piece about twelve inches      be cut approximately one       candles.
  “One evening Mrs. Dyer      in length. He laid the piec-   inch below the joint of
                                                                                               4. After the mold has
sent her brother, Harvey      es of cane on a chair, got a   the cane and can be left as
                                                                                            filled completely, the cane
Stafford, to invite mother    knife, split them, took out    long all the way up to one
                                                                                            should be carefully split
to attend a dancing party     tallow candles, and light-     inch below the next joint
                                                                                            open and the candle can
at her house. We children     ed up the house. Mother        in the cane.
                                                                                            be removed. With careful
were delighted. Mother        had candle moulds. She           2. A hole is punched in
had not been from her         asked Mrs. Dyer why she        the center of the joint with   knife handling, it should
home since we had been        did not send and get them.     a nail allowing the wick to    only take a shallow cut
on the farm. Mr. Stafford     Mrs. Dyer said she had         be passed through, tying       on opposite sides and you
went to the field for Uncle   never used candle moulds.      off on a twig laid across      should be able to pop open
James and brother. We         She and her mother, Mrs.       the open end, keeping the      the cane. Then it is an easy
got there before dark. It     Stafford, used cane, or        wick in the center. The        matter of just pulling the
was only two miles in the     dipped candles.”               end with the joint of the      candle out of the cane.
bottom. The house was a                  ———                 cane that has had the wick        Many thanks to Leslee
double log cabin with a         Candle molds could           passed through the hole        Gupton in helping to dis-
passage in between the        be very expensive if not       should be plugged up with      cover how this particular
rooms. The people soon        brought along by the colo-     clay.                          task was done.

  12                                                                               behInd The sCenes
The dew brothers Plantation: behind the Walls Tour
  Less than a month after     Exposed, that is, to the
Stan Byers signed on          elements of rain, humidity
as Fort Bend Museum           and some lovely multi-
Association’s Director of     hued mold.
Heritage Projects, he and        By October 2008, Fort
Special Project Historian     Bend County’s amazing
Diane L. Ware went on         workers ripped out all the
the First Official Behind     modern sheetrock and the
the Walls Tour of the         original layers of Dew
Dew Brothers Plantation       wallpaper sat exposed to
House.                        the light of day for the
  Contrary to popular         first time in decades. Enter
belief, Byers and Ware are    Byers and Ware to harvest
not rock star body doubles    those layers of original
for Mick Jagger and Stevie    wallpaper samples. Quick
Nicks. (Those are the         and simple job, right?
older versions of Joe Jonas      Perhaps the problem          ABOVE: Director of Heritage Projects Stan Byers carefully harvests some of the
                                                              historic wallpaper off the walls at the Dew House. The house is currently undergoing
and Mylie Cyrus for the       lies in the fact that our       renovations and will house the future DeWalt Heritage Center.
younger set.) They are dig-   Dynamic Duo really,
in-the-dust-researchers-      really, really enjoy historic   aforementioned samples                     before you know it, they
extraordinaire.               research. Their simple          and notations, but. . . .                  began to uncover the lines
  Once upon a time, way       task of collecting and            Byers harvested as Ware                  of original baseboards,
back in March 2008, Ware      noting wallpaper samples        wrote. Byers dangled off                   some with this nifty bead
harvested a few exposed       took an entire day! Yes,        ladders as Ware cautioned
wallpaper          samples.   they      collected    those    and wrote some more. And                                     tour, Page 16

            staff of the fort bend County museum association
  Administration                         delores Moore                                    robert hurley
  CandaCe Jones                          Administrative Coordinator                       Program Manager
  Executive Director                     Jennifer farrell                                 niCk CastelberG
  Chris Godbold                          Publicity Coordinator                            Lead Interpreter, Historic Foods
  Curator of Collections                                                                  J.r. thoMas
  Mitzi JaCkson                          George Ranch Historical Park                     1830s Lead Interpreter
  Development Specialist                                                                  Matt driGGers
  sharon Watson                          orin Covell                                      1860s Lead Interpreter
  Administrative Services Manager        Site Coordinator                                 Mike sharkey
                                         riCk bray                                        1890s Lead Interpreter
  Fort Bend Museum                       Director of Programs                             brett haney
                                         betsy zapalaC                                    1930s Lead Interpreter
  Jerry hoover                           Director of Corporate Events &                   robert palaCios
  Museum Site Director                   Group Sales                                      Operations Manager
  stan byers                             tiffani haWkins                                  linda White
  Director of Heritage Projects          Educational Sales Coordinator                    Senior Event Planner
  Claire roGers                          kandy taylor-hille                               kristi farquar
  Education Coordinator                  Visitor Services Manager                         Event Planner
  hIsTorICally sPeakInG                                                                                                         13
days of the ‘Iron horse’: riding the rails in fort bend County
BY CHRIS GODBOLD                1883 the line entered San
Curator of Collections          Antonio and connected
                                with a New Orleans-based
  One of the most               railroad to the east.
important aspects of the           The Gulf, Colorado,
development of Fort             and Santa Fe railroad
Bend County was the             began at Galveston in
introduction of railroad        1875 and was extended
transportation. The first       through Fort Bend County
railroad to run through the     in 1880. It reached the
county was the Buffalo          outskirts of Richmond
Bayou,       Brazos       and   that year. However, the
Colorado Railroad, which        railroad could not come to    ABOVE: A postcard dated February 6, 1909, features the railroad at Cunningham
was incorporated in 1850        an agreement on the land      Sugar Company in Sugar Land. Photo from the Fort Bend County Museum As-
                                                              sociation’s collections.
and began construction in       required to extend the
1852.                           tracks through town. So,
  In 1853, the first railroad   the GC & SF laid its tracks
line    was      completed      to the west of Richmond.
between          Harrisburg     The place where it crossed
and Stafford; the first         the Galveston, Harrisburg
locomotive on the BBB &         and San Antonio railroad
C tracks was the “General       began to draw attention
Sherman.”                       as settlers came and
  By 1856, the railroad         established a town around
had been extended to            the train station built
Houston in the east and         there. This town would be
the Brazos River in the         named Rosenberg after
west. By 1861, it had           Henry von Rosenberg,
been constructed through        first president of the GC
Richmond stopping at the        & SF and Galveston
Colorado River.                 benefactor.                   ABOVE: Another postcard shows the Rosenberg depot and Harvey House. Photo
  In the 1860s, travelers          A third railroad, the      from the Fort Bend County Museum Association’s collections.

could go by boat to             New York, Texas and
Harrisburg and then             Mexican railroad, was         a part of the Southern                  cane to their sugar mills
by train to Fort Bend,          begun by Count Joseph         Pacific.                                and finished product to
Wharton, and Colorado           Telfener, an Italian noble,     Other important early                 cities across the country.
counties. The BBB & C           and his investors in 1880.    railroads in the county                   These are just a few
became the Galveston,           The NY, T and M was           included the Sugar Land                 of the railroads that
Harrisburg      and       San   built from Rosenberg to       and Imperial Valley                     crisscrossed Fort Bend
Antonio             Railway     Victoria with intentions      railroads which were used               County during the height
Company        after      the   of going on into Mexico.      by W. T. Eldridge and I.                of the ‘Iron Horse’ and
Civil War and would             Its offices were located in   H. Kempner, the founders                made the county the
later become part of the        Rosenberg. This railroad      of the Imperial Sugar                   prosperous place it is
Southern Pacific line. By       also eventually became        Company, to transport raw               today.
  14                                                                                      ConTrIbUTIons
    Many thanks to our generous contributors who support the mission of the Fort Bend County Museum Association.
                         Contributions listed are for September 1 through November 30, 2008.

$90,000 - $30,000                           Under $1,000
The George Foundation                       Smart Financial Credit union              Susan Lowery and David Davis
WCA - Management Company, LP                Amegy Bank N.A.                           The Showalter Law Firm
                                            The Exchange Club of Quail Valley         Bob Ehlert
                                            Lytle & Moore, L.L.P.                     B. N. Barnes
                                            Severn Trent Services                     Bay Ridge Christian College
29,000 - $5,000                             Tom Stavinoha                             Joan and Bart Little
Estate of Dale Dacus                        Certified Foundation Specialist           Marsha and Edward Page
Fort Bend Junior Service League             Flodder Financial Group                   Mr. and Mrs. Klawitter
Loise H. Wessendorff                        Mr. and Mrs. Kristynik                    Aguirre & Fields, LP
                                            SouthWest Water Company                   Business Spirit, Inc.
                                            ANCO Wessendorff Insurance Agency         First Tire & Automotive Greatwood
                                            Glenna and Andrew Ferrari                 Ice Blue Advertising
$4,999 - $1,000                             Gulf Coast Houston, Ltd                   Jackie Leaman
Beth Francis Butler                         John C. Whitten                           Kathleen Lindsey
Target                                      Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP    Sharon and Tim Watson
Quail Valley Fund, Inc.                     Today's Image Salon-Boutique-Spa          Survcon, Inc.
Quail Valley Proud                          Ventana Development                       Wharton County Junior College
Academy Development                         Telfair                                   Long Meadow Farms
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP          Champion Technologies                     Huselton & Osina Dentistry
Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.   Jo and Ivan Butterfield                   Mildred and William Walker
Indermuehle & Co.                           Leonetti Graphics, Inc.                   Betty and Lee Adams
Newland Communities                         NewFirst National Bank                    Bonnie Walker
Petrosewicz & Company, Inc.                 Barbara and Billy Neeper                  Carol and Neal Kalinowski
Property Acquisition Services, Inc.         Mary Jane Kocurek                         Vincent and Regina Morales
Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group         Null Lairson, P. C.                       Clinton Drake

tour, From page 12                time to the year 1842 at the     Christmas present, cowboys       Over the course of the
                                  Jones Stock Farm site. The       and guests gathered around     weekend, both events
their “Craft Corner.”             log cabin was illuminated        the campfire for some gui-     brought in more than 500
  Less than 10 miles away,        with candles; a single ce-       tar music, good stories, hot   members and visitors. The
visitors at the George Ranch      dar tree, planted in the front   cider and cowboy donuts.       Docents raised $4,500 to
Historical Park were piling       yard for the special occa-         “It was a big hit,” said     use in the upcoming year.
into a mule-drawn wagon           sion, was also lit with real     Programs Director Rick         “Campfire Christmas” was
for the start of “Campfire        candles for the holidays.        Bray. “Folks really got into   also set to take place on De-
Christmas.”                          The next stop was the         the Christmas spirit and       cember 12, 13, 19 and 20.
  Guests first enjoyed a          1890s Davis Mansion,             seemed to love every mo-       The Moore Home will re-
holiday feast of ham and          where guests learned about       ment of it.”                   main decorated for the sea-
turkey with all the trim-         the customs and traditions         Both events were also        son through the end of the
mings: potatoes, beans,           of the Victorian era. Af-        scheduled for Saturday,        year, so please call (281)
rolls, pecan pie and more.        ter speaking with “Judge         Dec. 6. At the conclusion      342-6478 to schedule your
During dinner, holiday and        Davis,” they toured the          of the Candlelight Tours,      tour.
cowboy music was pro-             home and learned about           the Docents announced the        For more information
vided by Pat Gavin and the        Christmas from other fam-        raffle winner: Julissa Ber-    about these or any upcom-
Buckaroo Band. Once ap-           ily members’ and servants’       nal, of Rosenberg, is now      ing events, please visit
petites were satisfied, visi-     perspectives.                    the proud owner of the “Or-
tors rode the wagon back in          Before heading back to        ganized Chaos” quilt.          or
  membershIP                                                                                                             11
                    New and renewing members listed are for September 1 through November 30, 2008.
                         Barbara and James Osoba                                                 Beth & Dennis Lubojacky
                         SaRita & Stan Parker                                                    Nancy & Brian Nowak
                         Pat Parma                                                               Carolyn
Archeological Society    Rosaelena & Brian Ratte              Colonists                            & David Witherspoon
Chuck Stephenson         Sandy & David Scott                  Reva and Wilson Bland
                         Shirley Selleh                       Doris and Bill Boyd
Museum Association
                         Merle & Don Smithers                 Josh Brevard
Catherine & John Berner Denise & T.L. Stroud                  Frances &                            To all new
Vera Crawford
Mary Crochet
                         Betsy Vaughan                          Ron Conaway                       and renewing
                         Bonnie Walker                        Patricia Conkright
Selma Danklefs
                         Walter &                             David and Debra Dacus                 members:
Arlene & Galynn Ferris                                        Clinton Drake
Rebecca & Richard Fields
                           Dovie Ann Werlla
                         Diana & Clair Winebar                Estate of Dale Dacus                Thank you for
Brian Goetsch
Marguerite Gupton
                         Carole & Robert Brown                Coleman Mann                        your support!
                         Karen Bleil                          Quail Valley Fund, Inc.
Lynn and Thomas Haist                                         Quail Valley Proud
Jacqueline               H. E. &
  & John Huttenhoff        Mary Ann Carrico
                                                                & Robert Schnick
Joan & John Keahey       Nell Ciancarelli
                                                              Tammy & Lance Seach
Keely & Brian Knipling   Margaret & Paul Haase
                                                              Bridget Yeung
Mary Lane                Buddy & Twyla Jimerson
Virginia & Paul Moore    Carole McCann
Margarita & Warren       Mrs. Moydale McNutt
Murdoch                  Beth & Charles Miller                Harriett Geick
Kayleen & Chet Nelson    Vickie & Mike Pant                   Patricia & Joe Hlavinka
Billie Neuhaus           Dorothy & Donald Smith               Liz & Don Loocke

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                             samples: they will reside
      tour, From page 12                                            S A v e   T H e    D A T e
                             under          the       watchful
of plaster along the top     care of Curator Chris
edge. They discovered        Godbold. While budgetary
original beaded wood         constraints will not allow
wainscoting in the lower     for replicated wallpaper
and upper foyers. They
                             to be installed before the
examined floorboards and
wallboards and window        Dew Brothers Plantation
frames. They—yes, you        House reaches its initial
guessed it!—they began to    completion in 2009, Byers
research.                    and Ware collected the
  And as for those amazing   necessary samples for that
County workers? Well,        future wave of restoration
they started showing Byers   — even if it did take them
and Ware the architectural   an entire day!
nuances they had noticed        For more information
over their weeks of top
                             about the Dew House and
notch restoration within
the House. And pretty soon   its transformation into the
the inevitable happened:     DeWalt Heritage Center,
everyone was working and     please visit http://www.
smiling!                     f o r t b e n d m u s e u m . o rg /
  As for those wallpaper     dewalt/index.shtml.

 Richmond, Texas
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