Historical Societies

Directory Compiled by Will Howard and Janet Wagner, Members, Harris County Historical Commission

Version October 2011

One list provides about 75 organizations whose direct focus is on Harris County history and other broader organizations with a local chapter or headquarters here. Some neighborhood associations are included if the residents are particularly assertive in projecting their history. Library and archival "Friends" groups are included.

The other list contains about 20 whose focus is territorial focus is broader than just Harris County and headquartered outside Harris County. Most museums are backed by societies and, because the HCHC has a separate list of museums, please refer to that list as well for better coverage.

The mere presence of a website does not constitute an organization - otherwise the list could be thousands of entries long. Contact the HCHC for additions and changes.

6th Cavalry Historical Association

6 CAV, PO Box 73561, Houston, Texas 77273

(713) 557-3223 http://www.6thcav.net

The 6th Cavalry Historical Association is a living history and MVPA group based out of Houston, Texas. The 6th Cavalry group is open to anyone over the age of 18 desiring to participate in our living history events. The 6th Cavalry participates in the Wings Over Houston Airshow, museum living history exhibits, Veteran's Day parades, public or private affairs & ceremonies, fund raisers, civil disaster relief, and battle reenactments.

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (Houston Chapter)

10103 Trade Winds, Houston, Texas 77086


Established in 1977, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS ) is a national organization dedicated to promoting scholarly research, study, and publication or history and genealogy of Americans, with a particular interest in persons of African descent. Headquartered in Washington, DC, AAHGS chartered its first chapter in Columbia, Maryland in 1989. Each year since AAHGS chapters have been chartered in various parts of the United States and the world. AAHGS is affiliated with the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. The Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter is the only chapter in the state of Texas, leading the study and preservation of African American family history and genealogy. The chapter is located in Houston, Texas.

American Institute of Architects - Houston Chapter

315 Capitol, Suite 120 Houston, Texas 77002

(713) 520-0155 http://www.aiahouston.org/

Professional organization for architects and related persons. Through a diverse catalog of programs, members have access to resources and tools to shape the built environment of Greater Houston. While its interests are contemporary, it does maintain a strong interest in historical architecture of Houston. Forums and tours are included in its activities. 

Archivists of the Houston Area


Professional organization of numerous archivists. AHA! exists to increase contact and communication between archivists and those working with records, to provide opportunities for professional development, and to promote archival repositories and activities in the greater Houston, Texas area.

Atascocita - Kingwood Genealogical Society

(281) 852-6803 http://facebook.com/AtascocitaKingwoodGeneologicalSociety/

Founded in December 2006 as the Greater Harris County Family Tree Club, the society changed its name on January 14, 2009.  The Atascocita - Kingwood Genealogical Society (AKGS) mission is to instruct and provide educational opportunities for its members in genealogical research through careful analysis and documentation using quality genealogical standards.  To fulfill this mission, we hold informative monthly meetings to provide a forum for members to meet, to get to know each other and exchange information, to advance the study of family history. 

Bay Area Genealogical Society (Clear Lake area)

PO Box 8590853, Houston, Texas 77259-0853


The main purpose of the society is education.  To create, foster and maintain interest in genealogical research.   

Bay Area Heritage Society

200 W Defee Ave Baytown, Texas 77520

(281) 427-8768 http://acebook.com/BayAreaHeritageSociety/

Purpose is to further historical and literary pursuits related to the discovery, collection, preservation and publication of historical data relating to Baytown, Texas, and the surrounding area.

Baytown Genealogy Society and Library (Harris County)

P.O. Box 2486 Baytown, Texas 77522-2486 5203 Decker Drive Baytown, Texas 77520

(281) 424-8388 http://www.baytowngenealogyresearchlibrary.org/

The Baytown Society incorporates Baytown and the surrounding communities of Highlands, Anahuac, Dayton, Crosby, Wallisville, Cove, Mont Belvieu, LaPorte, Beach City and Huffman. In 1986, the Society became a non-profit corporation. Meetings are on the second Monday of month at 10:00 am at the Library. Library closed during June. Hours: Wed 10-2; Thurs 10-4; Fri 10-2

Baytown Historical Preservation Association (BHPA)

P.O. Box 1244 Baytown, Texas 77522-1244 5117 N. Main Baytown, Texas 77520

(281) 421-2099 http://www.baytownhistory.org/


Bellaire Historical Society

PO Box 854, Bellaire, Texas 77402-0854


It is the purpose of the Bellaire Historical Society to preserve, maintain, restore and display designated historical landmarks, natural beauty, documents, artifacts, records of persons active in the history of the City of Bellaire and any other objects distinctive of this history; all to the end that it may be a fitting memorial to those citizens and individuals who contributed so greatly of their money, zeal and time in making the Bellaire Community a proper place to live.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

3816 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas 77004

(713) 942-8920 http://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com/

Purpose is to education, preserve, promote and perpetuate the history, tradition, and outstanding contributions of the Buffalo Soldier towards the development and defense of America from the Revolutionary War to the present.

Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston

4407 Rose Street Houston, Texas 77007

(713) 866-4085

“The purpose of the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston is to build community, to preserve Cherokee heritage, to perpetuate the Cherokee culture, and to build the future of the Cherokee people.  Events and Traditions: monthly meetings, "Cherokee Messenger", a quarterly publication, and special events such as Cherokee language lessons, storytelling, and historical inquiry.

Clayton Library Friends

PO Box 271078, Houston, Texas 77277-1078


A non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the resources and facilities of Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, a unit of the Houston Public Library. In the pursuit of that mission, the officers and directors of the organization, in coordination with the manager of the Clayton Library, organize and direct fundraising projects to support the acquisition of research material for the library, to upgrade library facilities, and to enhance library services.

Clear Lake Area Historical Society (Harris County)

P O Box 24 Seabrook, Texas 77586

Community Archaeology Research Institute, Inc.

PO Box 131261, Houston, Texas 77219-1262


Archaeological and historical resources for community research.

Czech Heritage Society of Texas (Harris County Chapter)

4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77004

(713) 349-0500 http://txchshcc.com/

Dedicated to the study and preservation of Czech genealogy, history, culture, and language. Members volunteer to maintain our cultural heritage library which provides space and resource materials for hands-on research.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, San Jacinto Chapter (Houston)

1510 Cambridge Street, Houston, Texas 77030-1732

(713) 522-0396 http://www.sanjacintodrt.org/

Descendant organization dating to the Texas Revolutionary period.  Active in organizing for "Honor Days," maintaining the Pioneer Log House, research, and meetings, and the winter chili cook-off.

Descendants of Olivewood

(713) 396-0640 http://www.descendantsofolivewood.org/

Caretakers of Olivewood Cemetery, Houston's first incorporated (1875) African-American cemetery.  

Eastwood Civic Association

PO Box 9542, Houston, Texas 77023


Protectors and promoters of 1913 Eastwood sub-division and its unusual collection of architecture, including Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and Mission Architecture.  The Eastwood Civic Association serves the neighborhoods of Eastwood, Broadmoor, Lawndale, W.A. Kirby, Jackson Court, Woodleigh, Eastlawn, Dissen Heights, Houston City Railroad, Suburban, L.B. Moody, Beverly Park, Eastview, Hauser, Dor Ruth, Mueller, Dixie, Georgia and Youngmens. 

El Lago Historical Society

98 Lakeshore Drive El Lago TX 77586

(281) 326-1361 https://www.ellago-tx.com/141/History

“The society regularly meets on the 4th Thursday of every other month at City Hall.  If you are interested in more information on ELHS, call Randy Elms, Chairman of Programs, at 281-326-1361 or El Lago City Hall at 281-326-1951, ext. 12.”

Friends of Doherty Library (UST)


“Your membership is good for one year from the date your Friends card is issued.  As a member of the Friends, you will receive: The satisfaction of supporting Doherty Library and the educational mission of the University of St. Thomas.  Your personal Doherty Library card, which provides free borrowing privileges for up to 4 books at a time from the main circulating collection.  (Interlibrary loan and special collections are not included.)  Invitations to cultural and social events sponsored by the Friends of Doherty Library.  Notification of Doherty Library's annual book sale.
Levels of Membership: Benefactor $250  Patron $100  Sponsor $50.

Friends of Fondren Library

PO Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892


The Friends of Fondren Library (FoFL), founded in 1950, is dedicated to stimulating growth in library resources and facilities for the 21st century. Whether you're a Rice graduate, Rice faculty or staff member, community member or just a lover of knowledge, the Friends of Fondren Library needs your support as a member to enhance the Fondren Library's collections and fulfill its ongoing need for resources and services.

Friends of Terry Library (TSU) Friends of Robert James Terry Library Foundation

P.O. Box 66427 Houston, Texas 77266-6427

(713) 313-1081 http://www.friendsofterrylibrary.org/

Robert James Terry Library, Ste 230
3100 Cleburne St.
Houston, Texas 77004-4501

For information call: Lorenza Phillips Butler Jr., Executive Director. Dues: Student $15; TSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni $30;  Sponsor $100 - $249; Patron $250 - $499; Benefactor $500 - $999; Library Fellow $1000 - $2499; Librarians Circle $2500+

Friends of the Clayton Library

P.O. Box 271078 Houston, Texas 77277-1078


“The mission of Clayton Library Friends is to enrich the resources and facilities of Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, a unit of the Houston Public Library.  In the pursuit of that mission, the officers and directors of the organization, in coordination with the manager of the Clayton Library, organize and direct fundraising projects to support the acquisition of research material for the library, to upgrade library facilities, and to enhance library services.  Since Clayton is primarily a family history and genealogical research center, an important part of the Clayton Library Friends' mission is the organization of programs that encourage family history research, provide specialized volunteer services for the library, and educate the public in the use of Clayton Library and its collection.” Basic dues $20.00.

Friends of the Texas Room (est 2003)

PO Box 27827, Houston, Texas 77227-7827


The Friends of the Texas Room seeks to support the collections of the Texas and Local History Department, the Archives and Manuscripts Department, and the Special Collections Department of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center of the Houston Public Library.

Friendswood Historical Society

108 Skyview, Friendswood, Texas 77546


The purpose of the Society is to preserve and maintain the Frank J. Brown Heritage Museum in keeping with the pioneer spirit and Christian ideals of the founding families by collecting and displaying the original artifacts and personal effects of the Frank J. Brown family and other early settlers of Friendswood, Texas; to identify, preserve, support and display other historical buildings and sites that also reflect the heritage of the community; to acquire and maintain a historical library and archive to preserve Friendswood's history; to educate the membership and the community about our history through tours, lectures, seminars, printed materials and events.

Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society


The objectives of the Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society is to promote an interest in Jewish genealogy; to encourage and instruct members in Jewish genealogical research through careful documentation, and to maintain quality genealogical standards; to locate, preserve and index public and private Jewish genealogical records and make sure records available to members and the general public; to assist and support any genealogical library in Texas which is open to the public; to publish genealogical and historical information in a regular newsletter or other publications as directed by the membership.

Greater Houston Preservation Alliance

712 Main Street, Suite 110 Houston, Texas 77002

(713) 216-5000 http://www.ghpa.org/

“GHPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1978.  Members include individuals, corporations and organizations.  Funding for programs and activities are provided through memberships as well as grants and individual and corporate gifts.
Our Mission: Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (GHPA) promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston's architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action, thereby creating economic value, developing a stronger sense of community.”
Basic membership is $15.00, and up.
Provides walking tours, awards, and research resources.

Harris County Historical Commission


The Harris County Historical Commission mission is to provide a unified and effective voice to preserve, protect, and promote Harris County history and historical locations, and initiate and conduct programs suggested by HCCC. Members appointed by Harris County Judge and Commissioners.  

Harris County Historical Society

P.O. Box 55776 Houston, Texas 77255

(832) 839-0560 https://harriscountyhistory.org/

The purpose of the Harris County Historical Society is to encourage, advocate and administer the discovery, collection, preservation and publication of historical information, records, oral histories, visuals and other materials relating to the history of Harris County, and to educate the public about the important history of Harris County, Texas.

Activities: 2021/2022 Zoom Programs from the comfort of your own home. Consult our website for more information - https://harriscountyhistory.org/
Contact: Ann Becker or Charles Fitch
Email: harriscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Heritage Society

1100 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002

(713) 655-1912 http://heritagesociety.org/

The Heritage Society (THS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to tell the stories of the diverse history of Houston and Texas through collections, exhibits, educational programs, film, video, and other content. Founded in 1954 by a number of public-spirited Houstonians to rescue the 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition, The Heritage Society has since saved an additional nine historic buildings, moved them from various locations to join the Kellum-Noble House in Sam Houston Park, and restored them to reflect their respective eras. These ten buildings, along with the Museum Gallery, serve as historic reference points and exhibition spaces for more than 23,000 artifacts that document life in Houston from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s.

Hispanic Genealogical Society of Harris County

PO Box 231271, Houston, Texas 77223-1271


Club was formed to help foster knowledge, training, help, and pride in the search for Hispanic ancestors.  Data bases on families from northern Mexico, south Texas, California, and New Mexico are available to members.  Beginning in 1983 with 20 members, presently have 300 members world-wide from Alaska, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, Mexico City, and D.F.  Funds raised through conventions, memberships, and book sales go to purchase Hispanic Genealogy books data bases and are donated to the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, Houston, Texas. Interactive website with family sites and data base on Camargo, Tamaulipas and links to National and International Hispanic sites.

Historic Houston, Inc.

PO Box 130463, Houston, Texas 77219

(713) 522-0540 http://www.historichouston.org/

A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Houston's historic architecture and building resources. Historic Houston's Deconstruction Program actively deconstructs homes to reclaim the building materials. The reclaimed materials are then made available to members through Historic Houston's Salvage Warehouse, a regional resource for reclaimed historic building materials serving an 11-county region of southeast Texas. 

Houston (City of) Historic Preservation Office

City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby, Houston

Unit within the Planning and Development agency

Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC)


"… a 13-member board, makes recommendations to City Council on historic properties.  The board reviews requests for historic district designations, landmarks, protected landmarks, archaeological sites and Certificates of Appropriateness." 

Houston Area Blacksmth’s Association

8283 CR 209, Plantersville, Texas 77363


The premier resource in the Houston area for information and hands-on experience in the art and craft of blacksmithing.

Houston Area Genealogical Association (Harris County)

2507 Tannehill Houston, Texas 77008 (residence of a member)

Houston Arts and Media

4813 Ella Blvd Houston, Texas 77018


 “Houston Arts and Media’s purpose is to produce educational and historical film, video and books.  The work will be done by members of Houston’s creative, educational, research and production communities.  Houston Arts and Media is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Houston Arts and Media's mission is simple.  We help film makers, script writers, authors, and other local creative talent create better and more innovative ways to teach both children and adults about history, science, literature, and the world.  Much effort has recently be applied toward historical documentaries.”
Monthly meetings  Basic dues $40.00.
A youtube channel is maintained at: http://www.youtube.com/houstonartsandmedia.

Houston Civil War Round Table


The organization's mission is to promote impartial inquiry, study, and education about the period of the American Civil War and its causes and aftermath.  

Houston Genealogical Forum

PO Box 272242, Houston, Texas 77277-2242

(713) 968-9750 http://www.hgftx.org/

A non-profit organization founded in 1958 to promote best practices through educational seminars presented by local, national, and international experts in a broad range of genealogical and historical subjects.

Houston Heights Association

107 West 12th Street, Houston, Texas 77008


The mission of the Houston Heights Association is to foster a sense of community among the diverse segments of the neighborhood.

Houston History Alliance

P. O. Box 25086 Houston, Texas 77265-5086


An organization that serves as a resource for Houston's existing historical, preservation, and educational organizations and institutions.

Houston History Community


An online community focused on Houston history.  This community is comprised of historians, educators, preservationists, civic-minded individuals and influential citizens who are very passionate about Houston's past history.  

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

PO Box 20070, Houston, Texas 77225

(832) 667-1000 https://www.rodeohouston.com/

The "rodeo" is possibly the largest annual historical re-enactment anywhere.  Demonstrating life and working techniques of cattle ranching history.  

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Reliant Center / 8334 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77054

Houston Mod

PO Box 541353, Houston, Texas 77254-1353


A non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.

Houston Office of Preservation


Unit within the Planning and Development agency

Humble Area Genealogical Society

PO Box 2723, Humble, Texas 77347-2723


Serves genealogy enthusiasts in the northeast Houston, Texas area through monthly meetings. The society maintains a genealogy library housed at the Humble Museum.

Independence Heights Redevelopment Corp.


“Just north of the well-known Heights district in Houston, Texas lies the historic Independence Heights, a neighborhood most Houstonians do not know much about.  This neighborhood is unique because it was the first African-American city in the state of Texas.  Today, this neighborhood generates a strong sense of community between the recent influx of Latinos and the elderly who still refer to it as, its former name.”

Jewish Holocaust Education Center (Harris County) & Memorial Museum of Houston

5401 Caroline Houston, Texas 77004- 6804

(713) 942-8000

Museum opens to the public seven days a week.  General admission is free.
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 pm.  Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
A member of the Houston Museum District Association.

Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners

2726 Bissonet #240-203, Houston, Texas 77005

(713) 660-0772 https://www.ideson.org/

A Texas not-for-profit corporation that accepted the challenge of raising the funds necessary to build a new archival wing for the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, located at the Ideson Library since 1976, and enhance and restore the historic building designed by noted Boston architects Cram & Ferguson. 

Preservation Houston

3272 Westheimer Road, Suite 2, Houston, Texas 77098

(713) 510-3990 http://ghpa.org/

Preservation Houston is Houston's only citywide organization advocating for historic preservation. Since 1978, Preservation Houston has voiced strong support for better public policy and protection of our irreplaceable historic resources. Our members, volunteers and staff are committed to preserving the best of our community's architectural and cultural heritage.

Salvage Warehouse

1307 W. Clay Street Houston, TX 77019

(713) 522-0540