​​Historical Societies in Harris County


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 Association6 CAV, PO Box 73561, Houston, Texas 77273www.6thcav.net(713)557-3223
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 77086https://htown.aahgs.org

​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 Chapter315 Capitol, Suite 120 Houston, Texas 77002http://www.aiahouston.org/713-520-0155

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 Areahttp://houstonarchivists.org/

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

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 77259-0853http://www.txbayareagen.org/

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

Bay Area Heritage Society200 W Defee Ave  Baytown, Texas  77520http://facebook.com/BayAreaHeritageSociety/281-427-8768

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 77520http://www.baytowngenealogyresearchlibrary.org/281-424-8388BGSlibrary@yahoo.com
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 77520http://www.baytownhistory.org/281-421-2099info@baytownhistory.org
Bellaire Historical SocietyPO Box 854, Bellaire, Texas 77402-0854http://www.bellairehistoricalsociety.org/info@bellairehistoricalsociety.org 

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 Museum3816 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas 77004http://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com/(713)942-8920matthews@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 Houston4407 Rose Street  Houston, Texas 77007http://www.powersource.com/cherokee713-866-4085vhenrichs@earthlink.net 
“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 FriendsPO Box 271078, Houston, Texas 77277-1078http://claytonlibraryfriends.org

​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 77219-1262http://www.publicarchaeology.org/CARI/mcdavid@publicarchaeology.org

Archaeological and historical resources for community research.

Czech Heritage Society of Texas (Harris County Chapter)4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77004http://txchshcc.com(713)349-0500

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 77030-1732http://www.sanjacintodrt.org/(713)522-0396

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

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

Eastwood Civic AssociationPO Box 9542, Houston, Texas 77023http://eastwoodcivicassociation.org/

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 Society98 Lakeshore Drive El Lago  TX 77586http://www.ellago-tx.com/history.html281-326-1361
“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)http://www.stthom.edu/Library_Research/Friends_of_the_Library.aqf
“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 LibraryPO Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892https://riceconnect.rice.edu/fofl(713)348-5157fofl@rice.edu 

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 FoundationP.O. Box 66427  Houston, Texas 77266-6427http://www.friendsofterrylibrary.org/713-313-1081 (phone)  713-313-1875 (fax)lorenzabutler@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 LibraryP.O. Box 271078  Houston, Texas 77277-1078http://www.claytonlibraryfriends.org/info@claytonlibraryfriends.org 
“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 77227-7827http://www.friendsofthetexasroom.org/contact@friendsofthetexasroom.org

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 Society108 Skyview, Friendswood, Texas 77546http://www.friendswoodhistoricalsociety.org/

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 Societyhttp://ghjgs.org

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 Alliance712 Main Street, Suite 110  Houston, Texas 77002http://www.ghpa.org/713-216-5000 (phone)  713-216-2143 (fax)contact@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 Commissionhttp://historicalcommission.harriscountytx.govhistorical.commission@hctx.net 

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 SocietyP.O. Box 55776 Houston, Texas 77255https://harriscountyhistory.org/(832) 839-0560harriscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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 Society1100 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002http://heritagesociety.org(713) 655-1912
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 CountyPO Box 231271, Houston, Texas 77223-1271http://www.hispanicgs.com/

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 77219http://www.historichouston.org/(713)522-0540info@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 OfficeCity Hall Annex, 900 Bagby, Houston
Unit within the Planning and Development agency
Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC)http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Commissions/commiss_hahc.html

"… 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 Association8283 CR 209, Plantersville, Texas 77363http://habairon.club

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 Media4813 Ella Blvd  Houston, Texas 77018http://houstonartsandmedia.org/
 “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 Tablehttp://www.houstoncivilwar.com/Info@HoustonCivilWar.com 

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 ForumPO Box 272242, Houston, Texas 77277-2242http://www.hgftx.org/713-968-9750

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 Association107 West 12th Street, Houston, Texas 77008http://www.houstonheights.org/

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

Houston History AllianceP. O. Box 25086  Houston, Texas 77265-5086http://houstonhistoryalliance.orginfo@houstonhistoryassociation.org 

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

Houston History Communityhttp://houstonhistory.com

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 & RodeoPO Box 20070, Houston, Texas 77225https://www.rodeohouston.com832-667-1000

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

Houston Livestock Show & RodeoReliant Center / 8334 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77054
Houston ModPO Box 541353, Houston, Texas 77254-1353http://www.houstonmod.org/info@houstonmod.org 
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 Preservationhttp://www.houstontx.gov/histpres

​Unit within the Planning and Development agency

Humble Area Genealogical SocietyPO Box 2723, Humble, Texas 77347-2723http://www.humblegen.orgSpidiebob@aol.com

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.http://independenceheights.wbx-staging2.com/ info@ihrchouston.org 
“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 Houston5401 Caroline  Houston, Texas 77004- 6804713-942-8000
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 Partners2726 Bissonet #240-203, Houston, Texas 77005https://www.ideson.org713.660.0772

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 Houston3272 Westheimer Road, Suite 2, Houston, Texas 77098http://ghpa.org(713)510-3990

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

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