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.

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 Bluegrass and Newgrass – May 28

The Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass Band helps kick off the 10th season of the Roots Music concerts at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on May 28. They will be joined by Sugar Bayou and The Saltgrass Band for an evening of bluegrass and newgrass music. Information at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Starting May 28, the Pioneer Museum will celebrate its 10th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country, with five all-new summer concerts plus a bonus “Indoor Encore” in the Historic Sanctuary in October.

These live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, feature emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.

The May 28 concert will highlight a Bluegrass/Newgrass theme, with performers Tennessee Valley Authority, Sugar Bayou, and The SaltGrass Band.

6pm Tennessee Valley Authority
For over 35 years, founder Hank Harrison has kept Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass Band churning out bluegrass music in Central Texas. The band has won numerous awards including the National Bluegrass Band Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, and has performed with Bill Monroe, Johnny Gimble, Flaco Jimenez and Junior Brown. They are a popular headliner at bluegrass and acoustic music festivals throughout the country.

7pm Sugar Bayou
The five members of Sugar Bayou write and play eclectic acoustic music – folk, swingy bluesy jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun, South American, and a touch of Texas rockin’ country.

8:40 The Saltgrass Band
The Saltgrass Band has performed their deep roots, traditional bluegrass sound through the South for three decades. Keeping the sound fresh, the experienced 5-piece group has added contemporary bluegrass as well as bluegrass gospel, so there is something for every bluegrass listener.

All concerts take place on Saturdays 6 – 10 p.m., with gates open at 5 p.m. 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.

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 25 – Americana Night
July 30 – Cajun/Zydeco Night
Aug 20 – Blues Night
Sept 24 – Roots Remix Special
Oct 22 – Roots Indoor Encore in Historic Sanctuary

For information: 830-997-2835.

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.

Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball scheduled

Continuing a 55-year-old tradition, the Gillespie County Historical Society is inviting the public to enjoy its Holiday Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball during this year’s Holiday Happenings week.

55th Annual Holiday Home Tour
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Noon until 6pm

Seven unique, never before toured Fredericksburg area homes all decorated for the Holidays. A booklet with the Tour map and full description of each home is given to each Holiday Home Tour participant.

Tour Tickets are $25 per person and available for purchase through December 1 at Pioneer Museum 325 West Main Street, Vereins Kirche, and Gastehaus Schmidt (you can purchase the tickets online when you make your reservation) in Fredericksburg and Crenwelge Motors in Kerrville.

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441

55th Annual Tannenbaum Ball
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
7pm until 11:30pm 

An evening celebration in the new St. Mary’s Event Center. 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 Museum, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, on line at www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441.

Call 830-990-8441 for more information about either event.

Roots Music Concert Series: “Bourbon Street” – August 17

977318_586196408091736_1056243595_o (1)Pioneer Museum‘s Roots Music Series continues this week with “Bourbon Street Night” featuring Zydeco Blanco, Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces and Hamilton Loomis.

Gates open at 5 PM. Concert 6:30 to 10:30 PM.

$12 per person. Kids under 18 are free.

Optional themed meal/drinks available. Bring your chairs!

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 www.pioneermuseum.net.


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.