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.

Pioneer Museum “Scraps of History” Quilt Show – April 2

Learn about the history of quilts at the Pioneer Museum’s Scraps of History and Pioneer Handwerkers this Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the museum at 325 W. Main St. While there, watch as Handwerkers recreate pioneer handcrafts. This event is free with regular museum admission. For details, call 830-990-8441.

Candlelight Tour at the Pioneer Museum – December 26

Tour the Pioneer Museum Grounds, 325 West Main. There will be festive decorations and musical groups and refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Gillespie County Historical Society.

5 to 7 pm. $10 per person. Call (830) 990-8441 for details.

Pioneer Handwerkers at the Pioneer Museum – December 1

Learn more about the needle arts of days gone by including knitting, crochet, quilting and embroidery at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street. Enjoy demonstrations and even participate — all skill levels are welcome! Call 830-990-8441 for more information.

Special Indoor Gospel concert to wrap Roots season – October 22

Fans of Gospel music will be able to enjoy one more concert in the popular Roots Music Series with the Indoor Encore Gospel Night on Saturday, Oct 22.

This special added concert will be held indoors at the Historic Sanctuary of the Pioneer Museum and features three musical acts:

7:00-7:15pm Jessica Hyde, Austin

7:20-8:10pm Brennen Leigh Trio

8:30-9:20pm Barnett Chapel United Methodist Church Choir & Spirit
Dancers, Kerrville

Doors open at 6 p.m. Beer, wine, water, and sodas will be for sale. The former Sanctuary is located at 312 W. San Antonio Street in Fredericksburg.

Seating is limited for this indoor concert. Tickets are $15 per person and available online at Children under 17 admitted free.

Kinderfest 2013 at the Pioneer Museum – December 7

Children ages 10 years and younger are invited to bring their stockings this Saturday, December 7 to the Pioneer Museum for the annual Kinderfest, a special children’s Christmas event held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the museum at 325 W. Main St., in Fredericksburg. The museum admission is free via the S. Milam Street entrance from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for children accompanied by an adult. On tap will be story-telling, crafts and refreshments, and a visit from St. Nikolaus, a.k.a Santa! For more information, call the Gillespie County Historical Society at 830-997-2835.

Roots Music Series “Blues Night” – July 27

This is the third of four in the ROOTS Music Series of outdoor, eclectic concerts scheduled for the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Blues Night has a great lineup:

6:30 p.m. Bobby Mack – Bobby Mack got his start at legendary Austin venues including Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, The One Knight, and The Split Rail as part of the developing Austin blues scene. He was a house regular at the famed Austin landmark, Antone’s “Home of the Blues” leading the stage every Wednesday night through the mid- 80s. Mack has released seven CDs . He is a true Texas Guitar legend from Fort Worth, Texas. Like other such North Texas guitarists as Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien, Jimmie and Stevie Vaughan, Mack helped define the Austin Blues genre.

7:30 p.m. Omar and the Howlers – Omar started playing guitar at seven, took to hanging out in edge-of-town juke joints at 12, and joined his first band at 13. He was still Kent Dykes in those days, but by the time he hit 20 he had hooked up with a crazy party band, called the Howlers who had taken to calling him “Omar Overtone” because he tended to let his guitar feedback on stage while he dropped to the floor to spin on his back in a spontaneous, Big & Tall Store take on break-dancing. In 1976, the Howlers relocated to Austin.  Today finds Omar tighter, funkier than ever and slated with a great new release last year.

9:10 p.m. W.C. Clark – “If the blues is played right,” says Austin, Texas, native W. C. Clark, “it makes your soul feel clean.” Indeed, master guitarist/vocalist Clark – known as “The Godfather of Austin Blues” – has been playing the blues right and cleansing souls from the east side of Austin to stages around the world for over 40 years. Clark’s mix of modern Texas blues, searing guitar and heartfelt, Memphis-style soul vocals have made him a favorite of blues and R&B fans alike.

The Roots Music Series is a fund-raiser for the Pioneer Museum. Each concert offers a different genre of music with a variety of performers each night. Get Back to Your Roots. Plan to attend one of these ROOTS Music Series. Help us make this the best season ever!
The Roots Music Series General Information:Sodas, beer, wine, food and water are for sale on the grounds (no outside coolers, beverages or bottles allowed).

Museum is at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with entrance gate on Milam Street. Bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission: Kids under 18 are FREE! Adult tickets are $12 each at the gate. Free parking.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Save the Date for more 2013 Roots Music Series: AUGUST 17– Bourbon Street Night

Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg continues through Saturday

The family fun and frontier activities of Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg continue through this Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Activities for all ages take place from10 a.m.to5 p.m.They include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, butter churning, flint knapping, and rope making. Re-enactors representing Buffalo Soldiers and mountain men will share their culture and history. Kids can sit in a one-room schoolhouse, taste biscuits from an authentic chuckwagon, and make old-fashioned toys.

By special arrangement, representatives of the Lakota Sioux tribe will be on hand in native regalia, with a tipi and camp set up for demonstrations and interaction.

Throughout Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through one a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House. The Museum Store at 325 W. Main is also open, with a collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys.

Admission to Spring Break activities is the regular Pioneer Museum fee of $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6 through 17, and 5 and under free.

The exact schedule of the pioneer demonstrators will vary by day. The public is invited to call ahead at 830-990-8441 to get details of each day’s events.

Information online at


“What’s it Worth?” Returns to Pioneer Museum April 15-16

The public is invited to have antiques appraised at the “What’$ It Worth” event returning to the Pioneer Museum on April 15 & 16, 2011.The Gillespie County Historical Society’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” event returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on April 15 & 16, 2011.

This year’s event includes a new, juried photo contest, new, informative seminars, and added expert appraisers.

Eight independent antique appraisers will be available from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday to appraise treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, photographs, books, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia. The event will follow a format similar to the popular TV antiques appraisal show.

Individual appraisals will be offered at $10 per item. Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph with written detail if available.

Visitors can also purchase tickets for seminars on Saturday conducted by experts in Antique Guns and Firearms, Texas Art and Furniture, Antiques 101, and Incorporating Antiques in Today’s Homes. 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.

On Friday evening, April 15, guests are invited to a catered cocktail reception from 6:30 – 9:00 pm inside the historical Sanctuary and Social Hall of the Museum. The reception features Bruce Shackelford, frequent appraiser in the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, as the guest speaker. Shackelford is the former director of the Creek Indian Council House Museum and has served as curator for a number of exhibits for the Wittee Museum and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.

The public is invited to submit entries for the new, juried photo contest. The theme is black and white historical images from a creative point of view, and is to be the photographer’s original work.

The jury will award prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for top entries in each of two categories: the Youth category is for anyone in 12th grade or below; the Open category is for those aged 19 and above.

Entry fees are $10 per image or 3 images for $25 and contestants may enter as many images as they wish. This is to be a clothesline art show and no framing costs will be involved.

Contest entries are due with payment by April 12 at the Society office, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624. Further details will be made available on the website.

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 Museum holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-997-2835.  Tickets are also available online.

Gillespie County Historical Society Golf Tournament – October 25

A vintage-themed, charity golf tournament is set for Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the prestigious Boot Ranch Golf Club and will benefit the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. The format will be a four-person, best ball scramble with registration starting at 10:30 am and shotgun start at 11:30.

The round of golf at this exclusive, award-winning golf destination will integrate archery, cowboy poker, skeet shooting, driving with a hickory-shafted driver, putting with an old fashioned putter and complimentary on course food and beverage. Following the tourney, players and their spouses or guests will enjoy a social hour and awards ceremony, a steak and quail banquet, live and silent auctions, and music by Mike Blakely and his band. Green fees are $750 per player and include golf cart, team caddy, social hour, dinner for golfers and their spouses/guests, and a memorable keepsake. Proceeds of the tournament will support the mission of the nonprofit Gillespie County Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum- to preserve the history of Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. Individual players and teams are currently being accepted. For further information please call Tom Hutton at 830-669-2944 or Larry Jackson at 830-456-9384 or Pioneer Museum Executive Director, Stephen Vollmer at 830-997-2835 or go online at or