Brazoria County Historical Museum

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Discover where Texas began!

Good Cheer Hotel from brochure promoting Velasco, TX.The Brazoria County Historical Museum exists to discover, preserve and make known the history of Brazoria County. Located in Brazoria County's historic 1897 courthouse, the Museum collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts that relate to the history of and which reflect the County's cultural and demographic diversity.


Upcoming Programs

Austin Town

February 22  |  10 am - 4 pm
Step back in time to 1832 Colonial Texas! Meet character interpreters, watch craft demonstrators, play period games, and more! 

Brazoria County Fairgrounds
901 S. Downing
Angleton, TX 77515

$5 Adults 
$3 Children/ Seniors 

Thursday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m.

Patricia Bernstein – “Ten Dollars to Hate: The Man Who Fought the Klan”

 Join us as author Patricia Bernstein  tells the story of the massive Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s. They were by far the most “successful” incarnation since its inception in the ashes of the Civil War. Dan Moody was the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members. Moody, a twenty-nine-year-old Texas district attorney, demonstrated that Klansmen could be punished for taking the law into their own hands.

 Thursday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Lora-Marie Bernard“ The Yellow Rose of Texas: The Song, the Legend and Emily D. West”

 Join us as author Lora-Marie Bernard seeks an honest account honoring the grit and determination that brought a free black woman from the abolitionist riots of Connecticut to the thick of a bloody Texas revolution. Bernard also traces other stories that legend has obscured, including the connection between Emily D. West and plans for a free black colony in Texas.

Eat, Talk & Tour 
March 27  |  1 pm

Bring lunch, enjoy a presentation on architectural history and then stay for a guided tour with Architect Chris Hutson. 
From a segregated health clinic to a public library, the 1897 Brazoria County Courthouse has served many purposes throughout its 122-year history. Learn more as Hutson, Architect of Hutson Gallagher, Inc., discusses the evolving history and architecture of the 1897 Brazoria County Historical Museum building. 

Thursday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Christopher J. Wickham and Daniel J. Gelo – “Comanches on the Texas Frontier: The Ethnology of Heinrich Berghaus”

In 1851, an article appeared in a German journal, Geographisches Jahrbuch (Geographic Yearbook), that sought to establish definitive connections, using language observations, among the Comanches, Shoshones, and Apaches. Join us as authors Christopher J. Wickham and Daniel J. Gelo share for the first time a reliable English translation of this important nineteenth-century document. In addition to making the article accessible to English speakers, they also place Berghaus’s work into historical context and provide detailed commentary on its value for anthropologists and historians who study German settlement in Texas.

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