Issue 33: June 2023

The Lake Jackson Historical Association provides education relative to the

history and culture of Lake Jackson, Texas.

Join us this Thursday for

Something to Chew On: The Coastwise Slave Trade

to Texas

IMPORTANT: Something to Chew On in June, July, and August will be held at the Alden B. Dow Office Museum!

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Get your tickets for Something to Chew On with our own Program & Education Coordinator Katelyn Landry, who will give a presentation about what she and a team of scholars at Rice University have learned about thousands of enslaved Africans and African Americans who were forcibly brought to Texas via the coastwise slave trade in the 19th century. She will also talk about their efforts to make this data publicly accessible on the Slave Voyages database.

Come lunch and learn with us THIS THURSDAY, June 15th, at 12 PM.

Admission is $5 for non-members and free for members. Lunch orders are open until the end of the day TODAY, Tuesday, June 13th, but feel free to bring your own lunch if you'd like!

Life, Labor, Legacy: Juneteenth Program Series

We have many opportunities this June and July for our community to learn about the role of slavery in Lake Jackson's local history, the journey to emancipation, and how we reckon with those legacies today. In addition to the June Something to Chew On listed above, check out the rest of our program series below and RSVP online!

Life, Labor & Legacy of the Enslaved and Emancipated at the Lake Jackson Plantation

Saturday, June 17

10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM

Jackson Plantation Historic Site

In honor of the upcoming Juneteenth holiday, we will host special guided tours of the Jackson Plantation Historic Site that will focus on the historical and archaeological evidence of the lives and labor of those who were enslaved at and eventually emancipated from the Lake Jackson Plantation. 

Please RSVP for your preferred tour in advance: 10 AM,

12 PM, or 2 PM. Each tour is limited to 25 people and will last approximately one hour.

Waters will be provided. Visitors are reminded to prepare for summer heat.

Reserve Your Spot

Juneteenth Story Time: Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free

Monday, June 19

12 PM

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

We're collaborating with the Lake Jackson Library to celebrate Juneteenth! Bring the whole family to enjoy a story time featuring Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth by Alice Faye Duncan, followed by Juneteenth crafts!

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Something to Chew On with Sam Collins III: Life After Juneteenth

Thursday, July 20

12 PM

Alden B. Dow Office Museum

For our July Something to Chew On program, we're excited to welcome Sam Collins III, acclaimed citizen historian and co-chair of the Juneteenth Legacy Project, who will give a talk about the experiences of African Americans in Texas after emancipation.

Admission is $5 for non-members and free for members.

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Participate in our Envelope Fundraiser!

Help us close all our envelopes by July 1st!

We have 100 little envelopes that need closing! Each envelope represents a donation amount. Simply choose your envelope and donate that amount!

So far, 21% of our envelopes have been closed. If we can get to 100%, you will help us raise over $5,000 for the preservation of local history!

Supporters who donate $50 or more will get a A Flavor of Times Past cookbook! Supporters who donate $75 or more will get a cookbook AND an archival poster designed for Lake Jackson's 50th anniversary.

You can choose your envelope in person at the Lake Jackson Historical Museum or online at

Click on the envelope below to send us some love!

Volunteer Shoutout & New Things at ABDOM!

A huge thank you to Jeff Laver, vice-president of the LJHA Board of Directors and longtime supporter, and his grandson Peyton Wilbanks. They worked together to install our new hanging system at the Alden B. Dow Office Museum. These hanging systems help to protect the walls and make hanging signage or exhibit panels quick and easy.

We also recently installed a new exhibit called Faces of Lake Jackson at the Alden B. Dow Office Museum. Come check out all these exciting changes when the building is next open on Saturday, July 8th!

Volunteers are vital to getting important tasks like this done across our three sites. Do you want to help out too? Apply to volunteer with us today!

Support the Museum Gift Shop during Shop Local Weekend: June 23 - 25, 2023

Support your local businesses later this month during Shop Local Weekend!

The Brazosport Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a $1,000 cash drawing for folks who shop local from June 23rd through 25th.

Come by the gift shop at the Lake Jackson Historical Museum to get your drawing entries and take home some cool history-themed gifts, toys, and books!

Mid-Century Modern Architecture of Lake Jackson Driving Tour

Take a drive through the City of Enchantment with our Mid-Century Modern Architecture of Lake Jackson Driving Tour! This tour was developed by Martin Merritt, a Lake Jackson native and member of the Houston Mod Board of Directors.

The tour includes over 20 stops at homes, churches, and businesses in Lake Jackson built as early as 1943 through the early 1960s. See the architectural visions of Alden B. Dow and other local mid-century modernists like Philip G. Willard and others.

Pick up a guide at the Lake Jackson Historical Museum or the Alden B. Dow Office Museum during open hours!

What a Reception! Read All About Our Summer Exhibit, Uncovering the Past

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening reception for our special summer exhibit, Uncovering the Past: Untold Stories of Lake Jackson History. Check out The Facts' coverage of the exhibit and come see it yourself during regular museum hours until August 19th.

Read the Article Here!

Book your Event with LJHA!

Did you know that the Lake Jackson Historical Museum is available to rent for private events?

The museum is a unique and exciting place to have your event! We can welcome up to 200 people in our two-story museum space.


$100 per hour

$150 per hour if your event requires us to close the museum to the public during our regular hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10 pm - 4 pm)

All events must be booked for a minimum of 4 hours, including clean up and tear down.

Call (979) 297-1570 or email [email protected] to learn more about our policies and inquire about your event!

Honor Someone You Love

Pave the walkway to the Lake Jackson Historical Museum or the Jackson Plantation Historic Site with a personalized brick

Order a memorial brick here.

Volunteer with us!

Volunteers are vital to keeping the work of the Lake Jackson Historical Association alive.

Whether you want to help welcome visitors, lead tours, work with archival collections, or help out at events, we want you on our team!

Apply to join us today!

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Lindsay Scovil

Executive Director

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Angela Villarreal


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Katelyn Landry 

Program/Education Coordinator

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Funding has been provided to LJHA by Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Federal ARP Act.