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Next Quarterly Meeting & Christmas Party
December 10, 2015, Thursday
                                WarSpeaker: Jay Jones

Subject: Was the Civil War Really About Slavery?




1--We have elections for new officers, and I will not be a candidate.


2--We need a vote regarding a potential $500 scholarship each year to a History student at Lone Star College in The Woodlands. It will be presented each year to a worthy student by the Texas Heritage Society in honor of Philip Nolan. We are also working with Mary Alice Williams and the college about a possible permanent place for Nolan's tombstone in a prominent area inside the University Center. We will discuss the details about the tombstone at the meeting.


3--Financial report by our Treasurer.


4--Membership committee


5--Planning trips



Hewitt Clarke


6:30 PM
Rico's Grill
6777 Woodlands Pkwy #100
The Woodlands, TX 77382

Historical Trip to Central Texas
October 16-18, 2015
Gault Site

Gault Archeological Site
(click here for details)

Our President Tells All!
Hewitt Clarke was featured in a
Houston Chronicle article
(click link below to see the article )

Woodlands author stands by Confederate heritage
Woodland author stand by Confederate

Quarterly Meeting
September 10, 2015, Thursday
6:30 PM

History of the Western Saddle
by Martha Haydel

Texas Saddles
Rico's Grill
6777 Woodlands Pkwy #100
The Woodlands, TX 77382

June Quarterly Meeting

The Indigenous People of Texas 1519 to 1800
by David Martin

Texas Comanche Indians

June 11, 2015, Thursday
6:30 PM

NOTE: New Location, Different Rico's

Rico's Grill
6777 Woodlands Pkwy #100
The Woodlands, TX 77382
(281) 292-2222

Chisholm Trail





Meet for lunch in Georgetown, place to be announced.


We will visit Salado, Belton, Temple and Chisholm Trail Museum in Cleburne.

We will use metal detectors on Saturday to search for grape shot and musket balls from the battle between the Spanish army and Phil Nolan's group from Neches. On our last trip, we searched the wrong area. This time we will get it right.


We plan on reschuduling the trip for January.

Last Quarterly Meeting
March 12, 2015, Thursday
Ricos Mexican Cantina
4747 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands

6:30 pm--Meal
7:00 meeting and speaker

Speaker--Admiral William C. Fisher, a direct descendant of Samuel Rhodes Fisher, Secretary of the Republic of Texas Navy. He will show a video and talk about how the Texas Navy saved the Republic and then answer questions.

We now have a microphone and speakers so sound will be greatly improved. Come and take part in this fine program.

Hewitt Clarke


Last Event

Day Trip

Saturday, February 21, 2015


10:00 am --- Seminar

The Education Committee of the Houston Yacht Club (HYC) is hosting a seminar entitled WHOEVER HEARD OF THE TEXAS NAVY?. Will Fisher, Board Member Emeritus of the Texas Navy Association and direct descendant of S. Rhoads Fisher, Secretary of the Texas Navy will present a movie and program on the History of the Texas Navy. The seminar will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Ballroom at the Houston Yacht Club from 10:00 am to approximately 11:30 with questions and discussion. Lunch will be available for purchase after the program.


The Houston Yacht Club
3620 Miramar Drive
Shoreacres, TX 77571
Phone: 281.471.1255
Fax: 281.471.9260


12:30 -- Lunch at Rain Forest Cafe, Galveston


1:30 -- Airplane Museum, near Moody Gardens, Galveston


3:00 -- Rosenberg Library Museum, Galveston


4:00 -- Return home


Hewitt Clarke, THS and

Admiral, Texas Navy

Quarterly Meeting & Christmas Party

December11, 2014

Hewitt Clarke presented photos from our Vicksburg trip and gave a talk on the 'free thinkers' of Comfort, Texas.

Group at
                              Christmas Party
Photo Courtesy of Pat Spackey

More Photos here

Quarterly Meeting

June 12, 2014
James P.
Speaker: Jim Bevill
"The First Texas Navy, 1835-1837"
Jim Bevill acclaimed author of The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas will join us again.  The Paper Republic has sold out of its first printing and is now in its second printing. 
Note that we are now meeting the 2nd Thursday instead of the third.  We will start the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Rico's Mexican Grill in the Alamo Room, 4747 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands, Texas.

Searle Receives San Jacinto Award and

Appointed to WOB Park Association Board


Kameron K. Searle 


THS member, Kameron K. Searle, was awarded the San Jacinto Award by the San Jacinto Descendants on April 21, 2014. "The San Jacinto Award is presented to an adult citizen of the State of Texas who has demonstrated a commitment to preserving Texas history and who possesses the highest level of patriotism, leadership, and service to the State of Texas and their local community."  Past recipients of the San Jacinto Award include Ray Miller (Eyes of Texas), Dr. Gregg Dimmick (Sea of Mud), and James L. Haley (Sam Houston).


Shortly thereafter, in early May, Searle was appointed to the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association Board of Directors.  The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association is the non profit 501(c)(3) support group for Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site which includes Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm. Chartered in 1955 by the State of Texas, it is a statewide volunteer organization dedicated to generate support to facilitate preservation projects, celebrations, and educational programming at Washington-on-the Brazos.


Kameron K. Searle is the immediate Past President of the Texas Heritage Society and is currently a member of the THS Board as a Director at Large.  Congratulations Kameron!

Quarterly Meeting

MARCH 13, 2014
Come and Take
                        It Flag
Speaker: Dr. Gregg Dimmick
Dr. Gregg Dimmick acclaimed author of The Sea of Mud: the Mexican Retreat after San Jacinto and famous Texas Archeologist will be our speaker at the next THS meeting on March 13, 2014. He will be speaking about his archeological research in primary source documents concerning the "Come and Take It" Cannon.
Note that we are now meeting the 2nd Thursday instead of the third. We will start meeting at 6:30 PM, Rico’s Mexican Grill in the Alamo Room, 4747 Research  Forest Dr., The Woodlands.Texas Heritage Society

Receives Thank You from

Patrons of Cedar Brake Park

The Texas Heritage Society has received the following thank you card from the Patrons of Cedar Brake Park in Montgomery, Texas.  In December, the Texas Heritage Society made a financial contribution to the erection of "The Pioneers of Montgomery" monument.  When completed the monument will feature life sized statues of five early Texas pioneers.  The first of these statues will be unveiled in Cedar Brake Park on January 25, 2014 which is the 175th anniversary of the adoption of the Lone Star Flag of Texas.  Members of the Texas Heritage Society are invited to attend the dedication ceremony.

Texas Heritage Society

Annual Christmas Party
And Election of Officers

Thursday, December 19 , 2013

                                                          Texas Heritage

Photo Courtesy of Pat Spackey

President — Kameron K. Searle, J.D.
First Vice President (Programs) — Hewitt Clark
Second Vice President (Membership) — Carolyn Terrell
Third Vice President (Publicity) — Pat Ellen Spackey
Recording Secretary — Mary Jo Leonard
Treasurer — Phil Whitley
Editor — Melinda R. Cagle

Directors at Large —
Carrol D. Cagle, M.D.
Barbara Hamilton
Brenda Horton
ember Christmas meeting was packed with many activities this year.  Holiday treats abounded.  Our speaker was Janet Wagner who will spoke about the skirmish at San Jacinto on April 20, 1836 (the day before the Battle of San Jacinto).  Elections were held for officers and board members for the next two years.  Hewitt Clark, who has done outstanding work as 1st Vice President and Programs Chairman for the last four years was elected Presdent of the Texas Heritage Society. 

Based on information presented regarding both organizations, the THS membership also voted to make donations to two historical organizations that are preserving Texas history in Montgomery, County.  The membership voted to contribute $500 to the Patrons of Cedar Brake Park for the construction of the Pioneers of Montgomery Monument.  $500 was also contributed to the 2014 Confederate Heroes Day Cotillion which will be held at April Sound.  The Texas Heritage Society is a partner in this year's Cotillion which will be held January 18, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Tickets are available for the Cotillion Ball for $32 for adults and $25 for children, 12 and under.  All tickets at door will be $35.  Contact Board Member, Frank Johnson, for tickets at fjohnson@wt.net   montgomeryrose47@gmail.com.President — Kameron K. Searle, J.D. First Vice President (Programs) — Hewitt Clark Second Vice President (Membership) — Carolyn Terrell Third Vice President (Publicity) — Pat Ellen Spackey Recording Secretary — Mary Jo Leonard Treasurer — Phil Whitley Editor — Melinda R. Cagle Directors at Large — Carrol D. Cagle, M.D. Barbara Hamilton Brenda Horton

The Christmas meeting of the Texas Heritage Society was held on December 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm, the third Thursday of the month, in the administration building at The Forum, 1555 W. Panther Creek Drive in The Woodlands, Texas.  Below is a list of 2011-2013 THS Officers:

Texas Heritage Society Officers 2011-20Texas Heritage Society Officers 2014-2015

September 8, 1863, 44 Men Under the Leadership of Confederate Lt. Dick Dowling Pulled Off One of the Greatest Upsets in Military History:

The Battle of Sabine Pass

Battle of
                                                          Sabine Pass

Texas Heritage Society Presents

Tour of Texas History

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass

September 6-8, 2013

Make your reservations now for our next Tour of Texas History when we explore The Battle of Sabine Pass on its 150th anniversary.  We have 13 rooms and suites reserved at the Holiday Inn Express located at 3115 Central Mall Drive in Port Arthur, Texas.  Call 1-409-853-4114 to reserve your room. Rooms with 2 beds are $99 and suites are $110 under our group rate.


Hewitt Clarke has already planned the following activities for this Tour:

  • Re-enactment at the Sabine Pass Battlefield for the - 150th Anniversary  
  • Talk about Battle of Sabine Pass by Historian & Author Ed Cotham
  • Museum of the Gulf Coast 
  • Replica of a Pompei home 
  • Gladys Oil Field Town  
  • Swamp Boat Ride 
  • Cajun band, Larry's French Market and Cajun

For more information contact:

Hewitt Clarke 


Dick Dowling Statue
                          - Sabine Pass

Dick Dowling Statue at Sabine Pass

Reenactors at 150th Anniversary of
                          The Battle of Sabine Pass

Some of the Confederate Reenactors for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass

Cannon at Sabine Pass Awaits the Union


Sabine Pass
                          Historian Ed Cotham Signs Books for THS

Historian Edward T. Cotham, Jr. Signs Books Sabine Pass for THS Members

after His Presentation on Satuday Night

Court Martial Sabine


Sabine Pass


                          Fire Volley at Sabine Pass

Photos Courtesy of Martha Haydel

Texas Heritage Society,

501(c)(3)  Tax Exempt Status

In a letter dated August 9, 2011, the Texas Heritage Society, Inc. was advised that it was exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Texas Heritage Society, Inc. are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. The Texas Heritage Society, Inc. is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code. Click here to see IRS Letter.

Our hats are off to our members of the committee that completed all the paperwork and forms for the IRS that made the recognition of the Texas Heritage Society, Inc.'s tax exempt status possible. Members of the committee were Barbara Hamilton, Melinda Cagle, and Carole Lynn O'Neal. Thank you all for your hours of hard work.


The Texas Heritage Society, Inc. is based in The Woodlands, Texas. Its purpose is to discover, preserve, and promote the history and genealogy of Texas, particularly of South and Southeast Texas and to broaden historical knowledge among the general public through programs, projects, and publications, bringing together professionals, independent scholars, writers, educators and researchers. THS, Inc. will launch the publication, Journal of Texas Heritage, in December 2013.         


Dues for the Texas Heritage Society, Inc. are $25/year (Jan-Dec) and may be paid by check or money order to our treasurer: Mrs. Carole Lynn O'Neal, 71 East Kentwick Place, Conroe, Texas  77384. Dues include day trips and a subscription to the Journal of Texas Heritage along with an annual Tour-of-Texas Study Guide.


THS, Inc. holds general meetings quarterly on second Thursday in March, June, September and December and conducts quarterly day trips to various historical sites in Texas in May, August, November and January. These events may also include trips to research centers and archives around the state. THS members provide funding for scholarships and awards, they work through the Texas Historical Commission to establish historical markers, support and conduct cemetery preservation, publish the history and genealogy of Texas and support the East Montgomery County Museum and Archives. We welcome all with common interests to join us. photo image courtesy of East Montgomery County Historical Society, Inc. 


Among the numerous projects that this new organization has embraced is to explore and write the histories of long-forgotten Texas sites like Esperanza and Rusk, now only ghost towns in East Texas. The identification of historic sites for the purposes of study and to obtain Texas Historical Commission markers is one of its primary goals. THS, Inc. maintains a web page at TexasHistoryPage.com, along with a discussion log that encourages the exploration of Texas history and genealogy through dialogue. Projected is the publication of monographs, pamphlets and other works about the history and genealogy of Texas, particularly Southeast Texas.


The Texas Heritage Society, Inc. engages in activities and services for the support, development and promotion of the East Montgomery County Museum and Archives, located at New Caney, Texas. Seeing itself as ambassador for the museum, it seeks to strengthen awareness of the museum as an important resource for the study of Southeast Texas history.


Tour-of-Texas Day Trips
Hewitt Clarke, Coordinator

Day trips to historical sites in Texas are scheduled for the months of May, August, November and February and will follow the course of early Texas settlement and the Texas Revolution.  Our next tour is in August:

August 8, 2009 — Tour of Texas History # 2

Stopping first at Washington-on-the-Brazos near Navasota, Texas, the group will hear a private lecture presented in Independence Hall, the site where Texas declared its independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836. William B. Travis’ “victory or death” letter will be read. A replica of the original building marks the location where representatives met to sign the formal declaration of independence and where the government of the Republic of Texas was established.

The group then will travel to Chappell Hill to the Masonic Cemetery where a toast will be made to Col William B. Travis at the gravesite of his son. There will be a picnic lunch at a former old store in town after which will be a guided tour of the town of Chappell Hill.

The group will leave at 8 a.m. from First Baptist Church of The Woodlands. Bring a sack lunch and drinks; we will stop at a designated park for lunch, returning to The Woodlands by 4 p.m. Bring a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.


The Texas Heritage Society, Inc. recognizes various areas of historical and genealogical work with funding and special achievement recognition.


A resource for hard-to-find books about Texans and Texas.


The Texas Heritage Society, Inc. strongly encourages input from all of its members. We hope all members will contribute their many talents to this site. Please email your ideas and suggestions to the webmaster, David Swinehart . We strongly encourage members to submit articles relating to Texas history and genealogy to this web site as well as to the Journal.   The Texas Heritage Society also encourages scholars of Texas history everywhere to submit Texas history articles for publication in the Journal and on the web site. See Contact Us for more information about submitting an article.

Texas Heritage Society Officers 2014-2015
President — Hewitt Clarke
First Vice President (Programs) — David Swinehart
Second Vice President (Membership) — Beverly England
Third Vice President (Publicity) — Pat Ellen Spackey
Recording Secretary — Vacant
Treasurer — Phil Whitley
Communications - Martha Haydel
Editor — Melinda R. Cagle

Directors at Large —
Carrol D. Cagle, M.D.
Frank Johnson
Kameron K. Searle, J. D.

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