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

Kinderfest at the Pioneer Museum – December 6

Children ages 10 years and younger are invited to Pioneer Museum for the annual Kinderfest.

Come experience a local Christmas tradition. Children are invited to hang a stocking on the Kammlah House hearth for St. Nicholas to fill. Enjoy singing, story-telling, ornament making, refreshments and perhaps even a visit from Santa Claus!

Hang stockings from 9:30 to 10 am. Program from 10 to 11 am. Free admission only for children 10 and under accompanied by a paid adult. $5 per adult; $3 students ages 11 – 17.

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.

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.

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.

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 www.pioneermuseum.net. Children under 17 admitted free.

Early start for Fredericks​burg Tannenbaum Ball Auction

Guests who cannot wait for the Pioneer Museum’s Tannenbaum Ball to arrive on December 8 in Fredericksburg, can get an early start at bidding for auction items with a new online auction.

For the first time, anyone can bid early on dozens of auction items by visiting www.blacktie-sanantonio.com, then clicking on “auctions” and going to the Gillespie County Historical Society link. The online auction closes on December 4 at 10:00 pm, but will resume the night of the Ball.

Among the items offered are:
Fredericksburg Opera Festival and Champagne Cocktail Party
2 Piece Vera Bradley Luggage
4 16 oz. Fredericksburg Beer Steins
A Cajun Shrimp Boil and Beer Pairing
Blue Mother of Pearl Three Strand Necklace, with Bracelet & Earrings
20-inch Bluegreen Handmade Ceramic Bead Necklace
Handcarved Santa by American Woodcarver – Greg Guedel
Christopher Radko Ornament “Wildflower Wings” ,Hand-Blown Glass Body with Swarovski Crystals
Luckenbach sign and 1 set of dominos
Multi-Color Semi-Precious Stone Doncaster Necklace
Red Coral, CZ’s, 24K Gold Vermeil Chandlier Earrings
Sterling Silver Bell Necklace – “You Are Loved” – handmade in Austin
18 inch Star Sterling Silver Chain and Pendant and matching earrings from
the Museum Collection of Hand and Hammer Silversmiths
Sterling silver Rose Necklace and Bracelet
20″ silver necklace and holly pendant w/red Chalcedony beads Silver bracelet with 7 holiday silver charms
Sterling Silver Moravian Star Pendant on a 20 inch triple Sterling Silver Chain
Virgin, Saint & Angels 4-strand Mixed Pearl and Clear Sea Crystal Necklace and Pendant Earrings
Wood & Pewter Bowl Set by Vagabond House

The Tannenbaum Ball will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 7 pm until 11:30 pm at the new St. Mary’s Event Center. The celebration features a seated dinner by Delicious Details, open bar, more silent and live auction items, 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, or on line at www.pioneermuseum.net.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, guests can tour seven of Fredericksburg’s most distinctive homes from noon until 6pm for the 55th Holiday Home Tour.

Tour Tickets are $25 per person and include a booklet with tour map and full description of each home. Tickets are available for purchase through December 1 at Pioneer Museum 325 West Main Street, Vereins Kirche, and Gastehaus Schmidt in Fredericksburg and Crenwelge Motors in Kerrville. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling 830-990-8441.

The Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the history of the area. Call 830-990-8441 for more information about either event.

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.

Grilled Ribeye dinner to accompany Jazz Roots Music Concert 2012 Roots Music Series on May 19

Jazz music with a side order of grilled ribeye, or thick cut pork chop with sides and dessert awaits guests at the first concert in the 2012 Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on May 19.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the first outdoor concert of the season. While waiting for the music to start, guests can enjoy a $10 meal with choice of grilled-to-order ribeye or pork chop, accompanied with green beans, potatoes, dinner roll, and peach cobbler.

The music begins at 6:30 with the Kris Kimura Quartet, one of Austin’s most respected groups. Their repertoire emphasizes swing a la the Nat Cole Trio, and they are equally adept on Bossa Nova, Latin jazz, Dixieland jazz, traditional jazz, classic jazz and bebop.

At 7:40 Los Jazz Vatos – a six-piece group featuring a full horn section – play crowd-pleasing polkas, cumbias, blues, Latin, soul, and hot swing. The group was formed by Grammy-winner and legendary drummer Ernie Durawa – of the Texas Tornados and Doug Sahm fame. The players feature some of Austin’s top players, and it is a rare event to see them all together on one stage.

Finishing the evening from 9:10 to the later end time of 10:30, The Magnificent 7 performs. Magnificent 7 is an Austin-based, hard-swinging, horn-driven band, that specializes in original arrangements of American swing music. Instrumentation includes four horns, bass, drums, guitar and female vocalist. They are a top performance group, but their music is also both danceable and listenable, covering swing, blues, and Latin styles.

Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas, and water. Parking is free. The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with event entrance on Milam Street. All museum buildings will remain open until 7 p.m. for Roots guests.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. A $2 discount is available for advance online ticket sales or web page printout at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Upcoming concert dates and genres are:
June 23 – Swing Night
July 28 – Multi-Culture Night
Aug 18 – R&B/Blues Night
Sept 22 – American Decades Night

For information: 830-997-2835.