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Texas Heritage Shuts Down

On December 1, 2018, Texas Heritage Society held a business meeting at Montgomery County's South Community Center. At the meeting, we voted to close the Texas Heritage Society, Inc. as of December 31, 2018 and that the Texas Heritage Society, Inc. cease all operations by that date.
We voted to authorize Phil Whitley to prepare and file the Texas Heritage Society Inc.'s final tax return for the year 2018.

We voted to disperse the Texas Heritage Society Inc.'s remaining monetary funds to two historical charities that would promote the discovery, understanding and preservation of Texas history: the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum in Tomball, Texas and the Montgomery Historical Society in Montgomery, Texas. The funds are to be divided equally between them with each receiving $6,426.50.
Phil Whitley was authorized to return any dues payments received, any income, or any donations received after the December 1, 2018 business meeting.

Phil Whitley was authorized and instructed to close all bank accounts held by the Texas Heritage Society, Inc by December 31, 2018.

Thanks for nine and a half great years of historical discovery, understanding and preservation.

Kameron Searle
Past President

Business Meeting
all members are invited to attend to discuss
the future
and/or the election of officers of
Texas Heritage Society

Montgomery County South County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 363-9410
 Saturday, December 1, 2018
tentative time: 4:00PM

Lake Creek Settlement Ceremony
Lake Creek Settlement Marker

The Texas Historical Commission marker for the Lake Creek Settlement was dedicated Saturday, February 25, 2017, 186 years after the county’s first Anglo-American settlement was established...
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Article by Pat Spackey Page 1
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Rebuke and Forever Silence

Our member, local historian and author, Frank Johnson has released his new book titled: “Rebuke and Forever Silence.”  Click here to see news release. It is available direct from the publisher through his website:

Lake Creek Settlement
The Texas Heritage Society will assist in the dedication ceremony of the official Texas Historical Commission marker for the Lake Creek Settlement. The Lake Creek Settlement was a settlement in Austin's Second Colony which had been forgotten to Texas historians until our own Texas Heritage Society President, Kameron Searle, helped rediscover the forgotten settlement. Austin received his second land grant from the State of Coahuila y Tejas in 1825 and began settling colonists between the west fork of the San Jacinto River and the stream known as Lake Creek in 1831, about five years before the Texas Revolution. By 1833, the area had become known as the Lake Creek Settlement. Colonists and settlers from the Lake Creek Settlement fought in the Texas Revolution in the Battle of Concepcion, the Grass Fight, the Siege of Bexar, and the Battle of San Jacinto. One of the Lake Creek Settlement settlers, John Marshall Wade, fought in the Battle of San Jacinto and manned one of the famous Twin Sisters cannons during the battle. Larry Foerster with the Montgomery Historical Commission informs us that the dedication ceremony is tentatively set for Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10am at the Nat Hart Davis Museum in Montgomery, Texas near the intersection of Texas 105 and Liberty Street (FM 149). The Texas Heritage Society paid $500 toward the costs to casting the marker. Come out and help us "Discover, Understand and Preserve" this newly discovered piece of Texas history.
Lake Creek
                                  Settlement Historical Marker

Galveston Trip Photos

Dickens On the Strand

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Lake Creek Settlement
After an almost two year application process, the official Texas Historical Commission marker that the Texas Heritage Society co-sponsored with the Montgomery Historical Society has arrived at the City of Montgomery City Hall.  Our own President, Kameron Searle, did the historical research regarding the Lake Creek Settlement for more than a decade before initiating the application process. Kameron worked closely with Montgomery County Historical Commission and the Montgomery Historical Society throughout the application process for the Texas Historical Commission marker. The Lake Creek Settlement was a settlement in Stephen F. Austin's Second Colony that had been forgotten to Texas historians by the 1920's.

Quarterly Meeting and Christmas Party and Galveston Trip

We combined our Christmas Party this you with our trip to Galveston.

Dickens on
                                the Strand
December 3. Saturday
10 am--Pier 21 Theater, 2100 Haborside Drive, movie: Galveston, Gateway to the Gulf.
Visit Sea Museum next door
11:30--Fisherman's Wharf, pier 21. Author Ed Cotham will speak on his book The Battle of Galveston.
1:00 pm--Bryan Museum, 1315 21 St, A new museum about the American South west.
2:30--Dickens on the Strand, six stages, parades, bands, bagpipes, strolling & museums. Dress up for the Dickens on the Strand festival if possible. Spend the rest of the day.

Later Saturday-- Christmas Party and Quarterly meeting at the hotel

December 4, Sunday
Return to the DICKENS ON THE STRAND festival.
La Copa Hotel , 8710 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, 409 740 9100. Rooms  are $113 includes taxes. Ask for Kimberly. Tell her THS. This is for December 3.

Photo from the last two Quarterly Meetings

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Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:30 PM
Bernardo de Galvez

How Bernardo de Galvez helped win the American Revolution
by Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm is a Professor of History at Sam Houston State University
Dr. Caroline Catillo Crimm

"Everyone has heard of Galveston, but did you know that the man for whom it was named helped George Washington win the American Revolution? Bernardo de Galvez spent 2 years (1777-1779) outwitting the British by sending supplies up the Mississippi in secret to General Washington, then spent the next three years (1779-1781) beating the British soundly on the Mississippi and in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to Washington's victory at Yorktown. It is a fascinating and little known story of a Spanish Patriot who helped create the United States."

Woodlands Community Center
Room 109
2235 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Day Trip
June 11, 2016

West River Plantation

 8:45 am  Meet at Pizza Shack,

          115 W Montgomery St (FM 1097), Willis, TX 77378

 9:00 am  Old Waverly, Ghost town lost when the railroad

          past through New Waverly. Waverly like many

          other southern towns was named after the book

          (Waverley)by Sir Walter Scott. Meet at County

          Line Store on Hwy 150 two mi. east of FM 1097,

          (before McDonald Ln.)

 9:45 am  Old Jail Museum, follow Byrd Ave. then north

          (1000 ft) on Commercial Ave Coldspring, TX

10:30 am  The West River Plantation (Robinson family),

          400 historic artifacts, 500 Texas Hwy 156

          entering Point Blank, TX

12:30 pm  1836 Steak House, 2641 11th St, Huntsville

 2:00 pm  Prison Museum, 491 State Hwy 75 N, Huntsville

 3:00 pm  Hearts Veterans Museum next door

 4:00 pm  Sam Houston Museum, 1836 Sam Houston Ave,

          Huntsville, TX 77340

 6:00 pm  Casa Medina Restaurant, dance Flamenco,

          Tomas from Spain, 28777 I45, Shenandoah

Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:30 PM
Larry Spasic, President of the San Jacinto Museum, will speak about the construction of the San Jacinto Monument for the Texas Centennial celebration in 1936.

Larry Spacic

Woodlands Community Center
Room 109
2235 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Quarterly Meeting
March 10, 2016, Thursday
6:30 PM
Planning meeting
The future of the Texas Heritage Society,
meeting locations, formats, projects,
newsletters, journals, Facebook page, etc.

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

Our President Kameron Searle
had an article appear in a dozen Texas

For Want of a Texas Education
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                          Texas Billard

  Quarterly Meeting & Christmas Party
And Election of Officers

Thursday, December 10 , 2015


Annual Christmas Photo Courtesy of Pat Spackey

Texas Heritage Society Officers 2016-2017

President — Kameron K. Searle, J. D.
First Vice President (Programs) — David Swinehart
Second Vice President (Membership) — Frank Johnson
Third Vice President (Publicity) — Pat Ellen Spackey
Recording Secretary — Jay Jones
Treasurer — Phil Whitley
Hewitt Clarke
David Swinehart
Frank Johnson
Directors at Large —
Marisa Searle
Hewitt Clarke

@Speaker: Jay Jones

Subject: Was the Civil War Really About Slavery?



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.


Dues for the Texas Heritage Society, Inc. are as follows:

Individual                $25
Family                       $35
Student                     $15
Patron                     $500

Mail membership dues to:
Texas Heritage Society
c/o Phil Whitley
1949 Lynnview Dr.
Houston, TX 77055

email: eaglechief70@yahoo.com


THS, Inc. holds general meetings quarterly on the 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 and over night trips to historical sites in Texas and Texas related places are regularly scheduled throughout the year.

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 2016-2017

President — Kameron K. Searle, J. D.
First Vice President (Programs) — David Swinehart
Second Vice President (Membership) — Frank Johnson
Third Vice President (Publicity) — Pat Ellen Spackey
Recording Secretary — Jay Jones
Treasurer — Phil Whitley
Journal — Hewitt Clarke
Editor  — David Swinehart
Compiler — Frank Johnson
Directors at Large —
Marisa Searle
Hewitt Clarke

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