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

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.

For more information go to www.pioneermuseum.net

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.

Lenz Fest 2015- April 16 – 18

You are invited to three very special events celebrating Spring in Fredericksburg. Benefitting the Gillespie County Historical Society. Tickets available online.

“Fredericksburg Finery” Luncheon and Style Show on Thursday, April 16. Enjoy a catered luncheon and lively style show featuring spring fashions from unique Fredericksburg shops. 11:30 am at the St. Mary’s Event Center, 306 W. San Antonio. $65 per person.

“Evening Elegance” Catered Cocktail Party and Presentation of the 2nd Annual Pioneer Spirit Award. Friday, April 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Mansfeldt Sheep Barn in Cherry Spring. $50 per person.

“Gardens Galore” Tour of Extraordinary Fredericksburg Gardens. Explore a variety of delightful spring home gardens and enjoy light refreshments in the peaceful setting of an amazing Biblical Garden maintained by Master Gardeners. Saturday, April 18, from 11 am to 4 pm. $25 per person.

Call (830) 992-2996 for more information.

Pioneer Museum sponsors history photo contest

The public is invited to have antiques appraised at the “What’$ It Worth” event returning to the Pioneer Museum on April 15 & 16, 2011.For the first time the public is invited to submit entries for the new, juried photo contest in conjunction with  “What’$ It Worth?” the popular antique appraisal event hosted by the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on April 15 & 16, 2011. Deadline for entries is April 12.

The photography theme is black and white historical images taken from a creative point of view. The photos must be the artist’s original work.

The jury will award prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for top entries. Entry fees are $10 per image or 3 images for $25 and contestants may enter as many images as they wish.

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.

The photos will be part of an exhibit to be displayed for 30 days ending May 12, 2011. Visitors may purchase select framed black and white photos from the Museum collection, along with others offered by photographers. Part of the proceeds will go to the Museum.

Judges are James Fox, fine art photographer, teacher, and  owner of James Fox Photography; Lance Tatum, principal and owner of Lance Tatum Architect; and Cynthia Lively, owner of cynlee-studios.

In its second year, the popular appraisal event offers several new activities.

Nine independent antique appraisers will view furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, photographs, 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 with written detail if available.

This year’s appraisers include:

Margaret Mangum, antique dealer and shop owner for 30 years; Tim Taylor, owner of Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg; Shawn Umphress, antique dealer and shop owner; Ron Woellhof, owner of Showcase Antiques in Fredericksburg; Harold Scharold, consultant, teacher, lecturer, and author; Glen Treibs, a premier local historian and dedicated collector of local memorabilia; Larry Jackson, consultant for museums, auction houses, collectors, decorators, authors and estate sale specialists; Jim Holley, collector of fine Western and Texas collectibles; and Rachel Fitch, owner of Fitch Estate Sales.

On Saturday, guests can attend four new seminars. They are:

9:30-10:15 Provenance -Stephen Vollmer

10:30-11:15 Antique Guns and Fire Arms & their Evolution in Texas -Bill 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. Refreshments will be available, along with David’s Old-Fashioned Pit Bar-B-Que, who is donating part of the proceeds to the Museum.

An expanded Friday evening catered cocktail reception will feature Bruce Shackelford, international expert and a popular TV appraiser. Guests will enjoycatering by featured Fredericksburg Restaurants: August E’s, Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sunset Grill, with beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.

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 info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Renown scholar to speak at “What’$ It Worth?” pre-event party

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chair and associate professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will talk on the 19th century furniture and decorative arts of the German artisans of the Texas Hill Country at his Pre-Event Cocktail Reception on Friday evening, April 20, from6:30until9 p.m. inside the Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall.

The event is part of the What’$ It Worth? Appraisal event at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, with a Rare Find$ Market and Appraisal Day.

Hafertepe’s specialties include American decorative arts and historic buildings and sites. According to Stephen Vollmer, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society, Hafertepe will use lavish illustrations to answer such questions as who were the makers of early Fredericksburg furniture; what are its distinctive features; where did the makers get their ideas and their materials; and how have these wonderful examples of Texas furniture survived to the present?

Hafertepe has published a number of books and articles, and delivered lectures at the Amon Carter Museum, the DRT Library at the Alamo, the Heritage Society of Harris County, and the Winedale Historical Center. He is currently completing two books: one on the material culture of German Texans, and a guide to the historic buildings and sites of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Guests at the Pre-Event Party also will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts from Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sophie’s Choice, Sugar and Smoke, and Sunset Grill, along with door prizes and silent auction.

Reception tickets are $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members, and include one free appraisal on Saturday. Guests are asked to RSVP to 990-8441.

On both Friday and Saturday from9 a.m.to3 p.m., shoppers are invited to the new Rare Find$ Market on the Pioneer Museum grounds. Select vendors will offer their unique items for sale to the public. Entrance for the Market is through the Welcome Center on Main Street. Admission to the Market is free and open to the public on both days.

Appraisal Day is Saturday, April 21, from9 a.m.to3 p.m. Patrons can bring their items to the Historic Sanctuary,312 West San Antonio Street. Appraisals are offered at $10 per item, with no limit on items. Large items can be appraised by bringing a high-quality photograph.

Independent antique appraisers will be on hand to gauge the value of treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, books, textiles, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, vintage jewelry, clocks, and western and Fredericksburg memorabilia.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-990-8441, email info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

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 info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Lakota Sioux added to Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg

Representatives of the Lakota Sioux will conduct demonstrations during the Pioneer Museum’s Spring Break activities happening March 10 and 12-17 in Fredericksburg.Visitors to the Spring Break event at thePioneerMuseuminFredericksburgon March 10, 12-17, 2012 can enjoy the culture of the Lakota Sioux Indians.

TaCha, Tatanka, and Sunkmanitu Eagle Horse will be present daily and offer dances at various times. During a typical demonstration, TaCha, tells of the history of the Lakota Nation and describes the dances and customs. They set up a real tipi, and wear the clothes of their ancestors, complete with leather leggings, chest plates, feathers, and regalia.

Other exhibits include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, fence building, 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. Activities take place from10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a wide variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments each day. There will be something for all ages to enjoy.

A new addition to this year’s event is a book signing featuring two local authors, Phil Houseal ,who recently published Finding Fredericksburg: A self-guided tour through historic Fredericksburg, Texas, and Robert Deming, who will sign his book entitled Enchanted Rock Red. The book signing will take place on Saturday, March 10, from10:00 a.m. until noon. Both books are available for purchase at thePioneerMuseum at 325 W.Main. Houseal’s book is a guide to historical buildings in Fredericksburg. Deming’s book is a mystery and adventure centered around Fredericksburg’s famous Enchanted Rock.

During Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House.

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.

Fredericksburg is a popular destination any time of year, and especially in the springtime. This hill country town is famous for its German heritage, shopping, dining, and architecture. The new entrance to the Pioneer Museum is located right onMain Street, at 325 West Main. Parking is 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.

Visitors can also shop at the Museum Store at the corner of Milam and Main Streets. The store features an expanded and freshly-stocked collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys. Information online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

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.