Pioneer Museum Easter Egg Hunt

EasterCome for some ‘old-fashioned fun’ on the Pioneer Museum Grounds, 325 West Main Street. Perhaps even a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Children ages ten and under are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt on the museum grounds. There will be a special area for toddlers.

Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10:30 am.

Cookies and lemonade will be served.

Civil War Symposium at the Pioneer Museum

A seminar on Texas and Gillespie County history during the American Civil War sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street. Featuring speakers Dr. John Huddleston, Dan Daniels, Dr. Joseph Luther and Carlos Juenke. Attendance is open to the public. Event to be held in the Historic Sanctuary. Please call for more information. Registration will begin at 8:30 am with the seminar beginning at 9 am.


$25 general admission; $20 for students, teachers and members of the Historical Society. Call 830-997-2835 for more information.

What’$ It Worth – April 15-16

Bruce Shackelford, an appraisal expert of the American West on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow for 14 seasons, will present a behind-the-scenes look at that popular program on Friday, April 15 at the Pioneer Museum’s “What’$ It Worth” event.

This year’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” event boasts nine expert appraisers who will be viewing furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, textiles, books, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia, and other collectibles from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday. Individual appraisals will be offered at $10 per item. Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph.

Shackelford will speak during the catered cocktail reception from 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Friday inside the historical Sanctuary and Social Hall of the Museum. Guests will enjoy door prizes and silent auction that features a child’s antique rocker, antique mantel, framed digital print of K. L. Hermann Lungkwitz’s panoramic lithograph of Fredericksburg, ca.1859, antique pie safe, kerosene banquet lamp, and antique miniature poster bed.

Hors d’oeuvres will be catered by August E’s, Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, and Sunset Grill, with beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks. Reception tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.

On Saturday, in addition to bringing in items to be appraised, guests can attend four new seminars:

9:30-10:15 Provenance -Stephen Vollmer

10:30-11:15 Antique Guns and Fire Arms & their Evolution in Texas -Jim Thompson

11:30-12:15 Antique China -Eva Lee

1:00-1:45 Incorporating Antiques into the Home –Brenda Newman & Michelle Weberpal

Seminars are $10 each, or guests can purchase VIP tickets for $50. A VIP ticket will admit the holder to up to four seminars by antique experts and includes two appraisals.

New this year is a photography exhibit of black and white historical images taken from a creative point of view. The original work of contest winners will be displayed through May 12. Visitors will be able to purchase framed photos from the Museum collection, with part of the proceeds going to the Museum.

Event appraisers are independent of the museum and society. Appraisals are for fair-market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes. No appraisals offered on jewelry or Oriental items. The Gillespie County Historical Society holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-997-2835, email, or visit online at

Roots Music Series “Electric Blues Night” – July 26

Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.! Listen to emerging and established artists at these live, outdoor concerts. Dance on the dance floor beside the stage and under the trees. Get comfortable in your favorite lawn chair under the stars. Dine on some of the best cooking in the county with a cold beer, wine, water or soft drinks for sale. Every month brings a different genre and menu. This month is “Electric Blues Night” featuring The Peterson Brothers Band at 6:30 pm, Bobby Mack at 7:45 pm and Chris Duarte Group at 9:15 pm. All proceeds support the Mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).

Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $15 per person at the gate or $13 online. Kids under 18 are free.

Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum – March 8-15

Historic crafts, activities and demonstrations including quilting and stoking the forge at the blacksmith shop. Try your hand at making rope or biting into a biscuit cooked in a Dutch oven over an open campfire. Stroll through all of the Pioneer Museum‘s historic buildings.

Daily 10 am to 5 pm except closed on Sunday. $5 adults; students 6 – 17 $3; children 5 and under are free. 325 W. Main. Call 830-990-8441 for details

Tannenbaum Ball – December 8

An evening celebration in the new St. Mary’s Event Center (300 Block West San Antonio Street). The event features a seated dinner by Delicious Details, open bar, Silent & Live Auction, and dance music by The Flying GTs. Segner’s Jewelry will offer a $2400 custom-designed jewelry item in the prize drawing.

Ball Tickets are $110 per person before November 26, 2012, and $125 after that date until December 6. Reservations are required for the Ball. Benefactor tables are available.

Tickets may be purchased at the Pioneer Musuem, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, on line at or call 830-990-8441

1st Annual Muesebach Lecture Series on May 18

Stephen Vollmer, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society, has announced the First Annual Muesebach Lecture Series will be held onFriday, May 18, 2012, at the Hill Country University Center, Fredericksburg TX.

This inaugural event was organized in celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of J.O. Meusebach, Founder of Fredericksburg, Texas. The topic is “Pioneering the Grape and Other Flora in the Hill Country: Yesterday and Today.” It honors Meusebach and his contemporaries’ interests in raising grapes and wine production in the region.

“This program is a unique opportunity to hear well-recognized speakers share their perspectives of the early settlers’ interests in native flora and future of vintner’s art in the Texas Hill Country,” Vollmer said. “It is a full day designed to inform and excite listeners.”

Dr. James Kearney, Lonnie Childs, Dr. Ed Hellman, Bill Lindemann, Penny Adams, and Bill Blackmon will share their insights on how 19th century settlers documented the native flora and shared horticultural information to help lay the foundation for today’s viticulture in the Texas Hill Country.

The afternoon session offers subscribers an option to participate in one of two Field Trips:

Trip #1 – an onsite visit to Granite Hill Vineyard for a discussion on the production of grapes in the Hill Country

Trip # 2 – a pre-determined driving route with stops along the way to view and discuss the native wildflowers and environment of Gillespie County

The day’s schedule follows:

Friday, May 18

Morning Session

7:30 am– Registration

8:30am–12 noon: Lectures

Hill Country University Center
2818 E. US Highway 290
Fredericksburg, Texas


Afternoon Session

1:30pm – 3:30 pm: Field Trips

Admission is $25 to the general public; $20 for students or members of GCHS and Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). Participants may register on site or in advance by calling (830) 990-8441.

This event is presented by Pioneer Museum/Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS); Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT); Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg; Hill Country University Center ; Granite Hill Vineyard.

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