This day trip will explore the historic landscapes of the sugar plantation and cattle ranching country of the lower Brazos and Colorado rivers, southwest of Houston. Before the Civil War, this area was the epicenter of plantation agriculture in Texas, with African-American slave labor an essential component. After the Civil War, the economy shifted toward cattle, and huge ranching empires were amassed.
Archaeologists Kenneth Brown and Carol McDavid of the University of Houston will tell us about social, economic, and racial aspects of the region’s history; and architectural historian Stephen Fox will comment on the historic buildings found in rural sites and also in such towns as Columbia, Matagorda,Wharton and Egypt.
We will visit the Levi Jordan Plantation headquarters, recently acquired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and other privately owned historic ranch and plantation homes. Lunch will be a catered outdoor picnic at the Shanghai Pierce Ranch.
Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.
Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org or phone 713.666.9000.