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  1. What happened to the historic Texas Revolution battles exhibit that used to be upstairs at the Museum of Natural Science? When I was a kid, they were my favorite things there, but when I moved back here in '97, they were gone. Anyone know where they are now?
  2. i went by the menil and rothko chapel yesterday and the broken obelisk in the reflecting pool in front of rothko is gone. anybody know what's up?
  3. https://www.blackcowboymuseum.com/ I've read about this museum over the past few years and want to go. May do so the next time I'm in town at the end of the year. It's not too far from the home I grew up in and actually is in the small, moderne styled strip center where I got my hair cut as a kid. It may be in that suite or the one immediately south - I don't recall. The small institution is growing a bit. https://www.fbherald.com/community/black-cowboy-museum-expansion-due-to-its-popularity-founder-says/article_389eac48-41d0-11ee-bb80-f32b0e3bc0e1.html "The museum recently expanded to include the Black Cowboy Hall of Fame room, which will serve as an educational classroom for visitors. “We needed more space,” Callies said. “We’re continuing to grow. We’re getting more artifacts and memorabilia all the time and the groups of visitors are getting bigger and bigger. Everyone wants to come and see the Black Cowboy Museum and learn about the black cowboy.” Presently, the museum itself has no room for sitting. Visitors, many of them elderly, must stand to hear presentations and discussions on black cowboys. The educational classroom has seats for about two dozen visitors. A church group from Houston was the first to use the room."
  4. I talked with 2 gentlemen who were in the process of determining what it's going to take to get the train engine in working shape. According to them a lot of parts were pilfered from the train and possibly taken to other like engines to get them running. They said that even though this train is about 100 yrs old there are about 300 railroad museums in the United States and the parts can be manufactured. The train was moved to the rail tracks near 2 warehouses and the eastern warehouse already has about a dozen antique rail cars. They also said the tender car was given away and they said that was a very stupid thing for whoever gave it away to do. It's like taking the gas tank off a car and expecting the car to still run. One of the guys said his ultimate goal would be to get it running and taking to Commerce St tracks into downtown, I'm pretty sure he was joking. He said he grew up in the Heights but now lives in Goliad. They also mentioned the Railroad Museum, said it would be on the other side of the warehouse, I don't know if he meant at Marmon Park or exactly where. The train was only lowered on the tracks that came with it and not on the rails below it. I also took pics of every train car on the rails except for the compressed helium gas car and an open top freight car.
  5. July 27, 2005, 4:09AM A major bequest for the Menil David Whitney's collection includes a few masterpieces By PATRICIA C. JOHNSON Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle The Menil Collection will receive a trove of modern art
  6. wow! I found a hidden Houston museum. Never heard of this one. Looking on opencorporates, this business was active in the late 1960s to early 1970s. I believe Preston Weatherred was the owner/manager. Did anyone ever go here? Any memories of this place? Nine To Ninety Antique Toy Museum, Inc. 3900 Montrose * Houston, Texas Open 1:00 – 9:00 Daily Closed Mondays
  7. Me, the wife and the kids went to the Childrens museum yesterday, and I noticed a big sign for a residential/office tower across the street (maybe 25 stories). It's right at Binz and the museum and I wondering if anyone new about it?
  8. From the USA Today travel section Autumn leaves imprint in America's museums By Maria Puente, USA TODAY Fall is usually the busy season at American museums. Here are some notable exhibits from across the USA. Cartier Design Viewed by Ettore Sottsass Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Oct. 31-March 27, 2005 Another jewelry extravaganza, this one a collection of Cartier objects selected by Cartier art director and Italian design maestro Ettore Sottsass. Diadems, brooches, necklaces, rings and bracelets, as well as luscious accessories such as cigarette cases and clocks, are included among the 200 objects. See a maharaja's Elephant Mystery Clock, the Duchess of Windsor's tiger lorgnette and Daisy Fellowes' Tutti Frutti necklace. Information: 713-639-7300 or mfah.org. Nice seeing our museum highlighted along with these others: Guggenheim Museum, New York American Folk Art Museum, New York National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Los Angeles County Museum of Art I've been to a few of these, and they are fantastic museums. notable exhibits from across the USA
  9. When driving through midtown, I've noticed a bunch of development signs dated 2006, including a Fire Department museum and several mixed use developments, and some kind of plaza on Milam as well, I think. The signs say "coming in 2006" and it's currently 2007 so I was wondering... are these guys just late or have the projects been cancelled? It would be nice to see less empty lots in midtown.
  10. I just learned about this museum! My friend and I love exploring different museums in town. Cool place to go? https://www.czechcenter.org/
  11. I took a pic of the mural with the intention of maybe using it for a Bike Tag but decided not too since the gate is closed often.
  12. I never knew about this! I have never seen any press or articles about it. This is a dedicated building for the museum? I would have thought this would be located within a hospital wing. A small museum dedicated to BCM's first President and world-renowned surgeon. Actually very impressive they would build a building to be used as a museum right in the heart of the medical campus. I would think a hospital is more important than a museum dedicated to one person. After reading an architect's blurb, the building is an extension of their Cullen? building: http://designbyjara.com/DeBakey.Panel.html The extension of the existing Baylor College of Medicine building is expressed by concrete prefabricated facade with random openings on the upper floors and stainless steel clad facade for the Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum on the ground floor, in honor of Dr. Debakey. The museum exhibition has permanent and rotating exhibits documents his inventions, part of the concept is a “Green room” (replica of the conference room of Dr. DeBakey) separated from exhibits by glass wall. The stainless steel clad facade floats above the future reflecting pool, defined by a stone bed. I'll see if I can get some pictures later this week. Photos forthcoming! (alternativity, we can just go to Google to look at the building)
  13. Seriously, more social services! Feel like giving up on midtown becoming anything other than what it is...social work alley. I haven't regretted buying a home in the area but with more social services going up...I'm almost there. Does anyone have any more info about this place?
  14. Looks like they have leased the spot on 19th Street that used to be Retropolis between Manready Mercantile and Teasip. Not much info on the website, but I am pretty sure it is the same people as in the Chron article. This is a breath of fresh air for the Heights. I would not have thought that anything like this would have even been a possibility at a time when everyone is fighting for a spot in the Heights for restaurants/bars/boutiques/spas, etc. https://houstontoymuseum.com/ https://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Houston-Toy-Museum-looking-for-permanent-site-2004388.php
  15. I was browsing the newspaper The Thresher dated November 14, 1952 and came across a business ad for Contemporary Arts Museum located at 303 Dallas Ave. I know of three locations of the CAMH. I wonder which one is the original? This could be the first location? 303 Dallas Ave. 6945 Fannin St. 5216 Montrose Blvd. Art Museum Open Sculpture Exhibit The exhibit Sculpture - Directions and Forms open Sunday at the Contemporary Arts Museum, 302 Dallas Avenue. This is the first event at the Allied Arts Festival; Bernhardt Temmel, Director of the University of Houston Art Department assembled the exhibit to show the use of new materials and techniques as a means for a wider range of expression in the field of sculpture.
  16. https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/economic-development/east-end-maker-space-taps-in-opportunity-zone-for-mayors-complete-communities-initiative-101858?utm_source=outbound_pub_4&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_33886&utm_content=outbound_link_1&utm_medium=email Interesting article about new developments for TXRX "East End Makers Hub" and "The Center for Pursuit". Looks like East End Makers Hub will be at 6501 Navigation and Center for Pursuit at 4400 Harrisburg.
  17. While browsing old Houston maps I noticed the Contemporary Arts Museum was at the corner of Fannin St. & N. Braeswood Blvd. The map was dated in 1950. Earlier this week I was browsing old Rice's The Thresher magazines. In an issue dated September 23, 1965 I found an add for the The Contemporary Arts Museum which was located At 6945 Fannin Street. Does anyone have any images of the old building? What replaced this structure? Is this where the TECO (then Houston Natural Gas) plant is located? TECO's history states that in 1967 the Houston Natural Gas Central Plant was built. https://tecothermalenergy.com/about/history/
  18. If you missed riding the TEXAS LIMITED to Galveston back in the 1990s, there's a one-time opportunity on November 10, 2012 to ride there again as part of a commemoration of the revived Galveston Railroad Museum since the devastation of Hurricane Ike. The route will be over the former Santa Fe line instead of the GH&H line that the TEXAS LIMITED traversed. Scroll down to the very bottom of this link to find the large trip icon and click on it: http://www.galvestonrrmuseum.com/ Historically there were three railroad routes to Galveston and one electric interurban route from Houston.
  19. Can anyone tell me the history behind the log cabin that in on the Ben Taub loop? I can't seem to locate any information on it!
  20. Eternal Gandhi Museum Gets $100K from Elkins Foundation https://www.indoamerican-news.com/eternal-gandhi-museum-gets-100k-from-elkins-foundation/ https://egmh.org/ Houston: Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) is delighted to inform you that The Elkins Foundation, has provided a capital grant of $100,000 for the construction of the Museum. It is the second major foundation after Houston Endowment to offer support to EGMH in the early stages of its capital campaign. We are truly honored and sincerely express our gratitude to The Elkins Foundation for this magnanimous gesture to bring to life a unique civic asset to the culture landscape of Houston. Margaret Wiess Elkins and James A. Elkins, Jr. established The Elkins Foundation, https://www.theelkinsfoundation.org/, in 1956 as a way to help strengthen and enrich the community in which they lived. Today, their descendants continue that work. Under the stewardship of Elise Elkins Joseph, Leslie Elkins Sasser, Virginia Arnold Elkins and an Associate Board representing the next generation, The Elkins Foundation contributes each year to numerous organizations serving Houston and the Greater Gulf Coast. Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) is an initiative to preserve and continue the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum will be located in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the United States. It will be the first ever museum dedicated to peace in the Americas. Its mission is to reinforce the universal values of Truth, Peace, Nonviolence, Love & Service. EGMH has acquired 3 acres of land in southwest Houston to house the museum and is launching a capital campaign. The proposed budget for construction is 6.5 million dollars as follows. The capital campaign has reached $ 2.9 million of the required $ 6.5 million. The EGMH Board of Trustees has committed $1.1 million and secured another $0.8 million in private donor commitments. The Houston Endowment Foundation recently awarded a capital grant of $500,000. A concerted fundraising campaign is underway through foundations, corporations and private donors to raise the remaining $3.6 million. https://egmh.org/faqs/
  21. One of the blogs I follow, Brand New, has done an extensive piece about CAMH's new logo, which originates from the shape of the building. Linky: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/ucllc/brandnew Here's the before and after:
  22. Who designed the Holocaust Museum? For that matter who designed the MFAH buildings, Contemporary, and Menil?
  23. I did google Rodeo museum in Houston but I think only Cowboy museum on Almeda rd came close.
  24. Land donation gives a lift to veterans museum project Development of a veterans museum in Houston got a boost last week when ExxonMobil donated a 35-acre tract at the corner of Interstate 45 and Scarsdale Boulevard to the Veterans Museum in Texas, the nonprofit group spearheading the project. Houston was selected as the site because the more than 200,000 veterans who live in Harris County represent the largest concentration of veterans in the state. The museum's design will recognize each branch of service. The main museum building -- in the shape of the Lone Star of Texas -- will consist of three floors totaling 203,000 square feet. Space in each point of the star will be allocated to each of the major services -- Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. - Jenna Colley
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