Historween 2014 is Coming!

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PLANS FOR THE ANNUAL HISTORWEEN EVENT IN OCTOBER ARE IN THE WORKS!!!!

FHS students are the backbone of this project and we look forward to working with them again this year. Their enthusiasm and creativity are sure to make this another successful Historween.

Adult volunteers will be needed. Interested parties should contact Steve Rockey at 713-854-3449

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Councilman Steve Rockey
Jon & Sally Branson
Harold & Ann Whitaker
Charleston Tea Room
Friendswood Frame & Gallery
Flooring Source
HomeTown Bank
Schell Family Dental
VARC Solutions – Robin Hall
Texan Bank
Hill Waste Services
Carly & Kaysie Smith
Lee’s Landscaping
C.L. Davis & Co
American National Insurance – Tyler Pearson
La Casita Mexican Restaurant
J. Lowe Realtors, Inc
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J.Brown Construction, Inc
Blue Smoke
Lary’s Florist & Designs
Randy Elllis DDS

Volunteers Needed!

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The Historical Society is always in need of Docents (museum volunteers).

If you would be willing to give a couple hours of your time on a Saturday morning to curate one of Friendswood’s historic landmarks, please call:

Mary Ann Lawrence at 281-482-7758

OR

Ann Whitaker at 281-482-2290

Histor-ween Again!

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For the third year, the Historical Society presented a spooky, fun, informative event for your enjoyment October 24 and 26. Histor-ween entertained guests with a Spook House in the old FISD home economics cottage, an entertaining reenactment on the Perry Museum front porch, and a guided tour through the Cemetery where several cemetery residents came alive to tell their story. The evening was topped off with a real hayride back to your car.

Many folks are due THANKS for contributing to its success. Board member Bruce Blackwell was overseer of the event that involved dozens of volunteers, including members of several high school clubs, and adult residents. Kimberly Culver was responsible for the unique grave visits. And special thanks to you, the audience. The proceeds from the event will be shared by the Society and the high school clubs.

Couldn’t Do It Without You
Our Histor-ween SPONSORS have come through with funding so vital to the success of the event. We say “thanks” here to:

C. L. Davis & Co.
Blue Smoke, LLC
Councilman Steve Rockey
Jon & Sally Branson
Harold & Ann Whitaker
Charleston Tea Room
Friendswood Frame & Gallery
Flooring Source
Home Town Bank
Schell Family Dental
VARC Solutions-Robin Hall
Texan Bank
Hill Waste Services
Carly & Kaysie Smith
Lee’s Landscaping
American National Insurance
La Casita
J. Lowe Realtors, Inc.
Daryl & Debra Sasser
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J. Brown Construction, Inc.

Friendswood’s Citizen of the Year

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joycina-baker markWe’re proud to report that our Board member, Joycina Baker, was honored as Friendswood’s “Citizen of the Year” at the Chamber of Commerce’s 49th annual Chairman’s Gala held on January 19th. Joyce’s son, Mark, received the award in her behalf from the Chamber’s President, Steve Anderson.

Histor-ween

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The first Histor-Ween–in 2011 was fun! The Histor-Ween this year– was even more fun! Proceeds from the event were shared by the Friendswood Historical Society and the participating High School clubs.

75 high school students from eight clubs operated a spectacular Spook House in the abandoned Jr. High school building. Whole families enjoyed it. (Our thanks to the school administration who gave their blessing to this event.)

Thirty-five adult volunteers served as guides and actors in the “history” part of the evening across the way. John R. Williams, on the Perry House porch, let his listeners in on the tricky way he managed to get his hands on the land that is now Friendswood from the Spanish in 1824.

The guides directed visitors to the gravesites of the following who stood to tell their story in first person:

  1. Newton Knode, a 23 year old. A falling tree caused the first burial in 1895.
  2. The saga of the disappearing angel at the Leverton grave site.
  3. Solomon Allen who drilled for oil in Friendswood in 1922.
  4. Frank Brown, the founder, revealed he had been a buffalo and Indian killer.
  5. Mary Garretson , who died in 1913, told why she could not be buried in ground.
  6. Zue Stevenson Bales told her experiences coming from Kansas to Friendswood by wagon as a 10 year old girl.
  7. The three deceased husbands of Velma Smith Bradshaw had quite a discussion among themselves as to which was the most beloved.

Visitors were then treated to a hayride back to their cars at the Jr. High.

Don’t miss it next year!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!

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markerThe QUAKER SETTLEMENT SITES MARKER PROJECT is fully funded! The Historical Society presented the project to the community the first of August. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for your prompt and generous response.

By the first of September the funds were in the bank and the order was placed with the Southwell Foundry in San Antonio for the seven Historical Markers to be installed in landscaped settings along Friendswood Drive.

Very few of Friendswood’s 37,000 residents are aware that Friendswood has the distinction of being the only extant town in Texas that was founded as a Quaker Settlement. There are few vestiges of that era ( 1895 – 1930) remaining. The Historical Society has undertaken this project so that our children and their children will be reminded of their Quaker founding heritage and the values instilled in their community.

These sites will be marked with researched data and authentic photos:

  1. First Home and First Family — Heritage at Pecan
  2. Fig Preserving Plant — 315 S. FM 518
  3. First Business — General Mdse — 400 blk S. FM 518
  4. First Post Office Building –S. FM 518 @ Spreading Oaks
  5. Quaker Academy– Church/School — 502 S. FM 518
  6. Oldest Structure Remaining — 109 W. Spreading Oaks
  7. Main Street Fig Orchards –900 blk S. FM 518

WE ARE GOING TO CELEBRATE

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And, we are inviting you to celebrate the setting of the Markers with us. We can set the date after the arrival of the Markers, so keep watching for that announcement. State Historical Markers are announced with an “unveiling.” Since we cannot unveil all seven Markers simultaneously, we will consolidate the service on a Sunday afternoon in the Friends Church Coffee Cafe. WATCH FOR IT.

2012 Quilt Winner

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2012_quilt_winnerWinner of “Friendswood Fireworks” was local businessman Scott Lee. Pictured in front of the Museum with Board members Ann Whitaker and Mel Measles.