Roots Music Series “Doo-Wop Sock-Hop Night” – June 1

A series of four outdoor, eclectic concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Come tour the museum buildings, enjoy a meal with beer, wine or beverages for sale and bring the whole family! Performing will be The Moonlites, Men in Black and the New Buddy Holly Band.

Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $12 at the gate or $10 with online pre-purchase or printed $2 coupon. Kids under 18 are free

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.

History in Your Backyard at the Pioneer Museum – February 20

Book signing by Ed Wright, author of the book Branches. Wright, a descendant of Fredericksburg pioneers Franz Stein and Anna Jenschke, provides entertaining anecdotes reliving the life stories of those ancestors as well as those of his grandparents, Fredericksburg native Ida Stein and husband, James Wright, an Englishman. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society. Event to be held at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main.

6 to 8 pm. Free. (830) 997-2835

Alamo Images: Changing Perceptions of a Texas Experience – March 5 to April 10

photoBeginning March 5, Gillespie County Historical Society will present “Alamo Images: Changing Perceptions of a Texas Experience,” an exhibition organized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the Vereins Kirche.

Through photographs, illustrations, artwork and text, “Alamo Images” presents a story that has captivated several generations of audiences. The exhibition explores what the Alamo means to Texans and the role of Mexican-Texans in the Texas Revolution. Dozens of photographs and artworks give viewers of this exhibition interesting visuals to illustrate the history of the Alamo as mission, fort and shrine, as well as the drama of its siege and fall in March 1836.

The Gillespie County Historical Society presents “Alamo Images” as a means to promote ongoing dialogue about the significance of the Alamo as a Texas experience, as seen through its various representations in popular culture.

The exhibition will be available to the public from Tuesday, March 05 to April 10 . For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact
Evelyn Weinheimer at 830-997-2835.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please call Humanities Texas at 512.440.1991.

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

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.

What’$ It Worth 2012 – April 21

The Gillespie County Historical Society’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” appraisal event returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg April 20 & 21, 2012
Features new event: the Rare Find$ Market

NEW! Rare Find$ Market
Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
325 W. Main Street Exhibit Space on the Pioneer Museum Grounds, Fredericksburg TX
A community-wide “Rare Finds” sale – all in one convenient location! Come browse the booths of select sellers to find hidden gems and unique items – the antiques of tomorrow!
FREE Admission!
(Cost is $50 if you wish to rent a space for sales. Call Janet 830-997-8917)

Special Pre-Event Cocktail Reception
Friday Evening, April 20, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall
312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX

Guest Speaker: Kenneth Hafertepe, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will speak on Fredericksburg Furniture

Door prizes, silent auction, and antique service providers.

Hors d-oeuvres catered by featured Fredericksburg Restaurants, plus beer, wine, champagne, and soft drinks.

Reception Tickets: $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members; Include one free appraisal on Saturday. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 17.

“What’$ It Worth?” Appraisal Day
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Historic Sanctuary
312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX
Independent antique appraisers will gauge the value of your treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, books, textiles, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia.

Food, soda, beer, water, snacks, and cookies available for purchase both days.

Appraisal Tickets: Individual appraisals offered at $10 per item (Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph with written detail if available)

More Information
For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-990-8441, email, or visit online at

*The event appraisers are independent of the GCHS-Pioneer Museum. Appraisals are for fair market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes. The Museum holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.

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