SLHF                                     SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER  2013

OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORDennis Parmer ED photo'S PERSPECTIVE
 

Sugar Land Heritage Museum:
 

Do YOU have a donation for  
 
the Museum??

 
 
In reference to the question above, my guess is that you DO have a donation, especially if you consider there are several categories of donations.

Artifacts, a.k.a "stuff", that relate to Sugar Land, Fort Bend County or the state of Texas are the first type of donation you could make.  Even though our name says Sugar Land, SLHF is very interested in items that may pertain to any of these entities.  Artifacts can range from pens to pictures; from toys to tools; from flags to furniture.  Virtually any item that has a tie to Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, and in some cases, the state of Texas.  We have been gathering artifacts for the past 4+ years and we now have the ability to store most items in climate controlled areas.  Recently we received a number of items from two long-term residents of Sugar Land:  Mrs. Margie Rozelle on behalf of herself and her late husband, T. C. Rozelle, and Mrs. Margaret Phillips, on behalf of herself and her late husband, Rufus Phillips.  Both of these ladies contributed items that have been in their family for years.  We truly appreciate their donations.

If you don't have a lot of old stuff, perhaps you could make a cash or in-kind donation.  In-kind donations are easier than you might think.  For example, if you are a manager or business owner, you can donate your product  or service for a reduced price or for free.  Of course, SLHF accepts checks, major credit cards, and if you really insist, we even accept cash!  Regardless of your donation of artifacts, in-kind services or products, or money, your donation should be tax deductible because SLHF is a non-profit organization, recognized by the IRS.  If you have any questions regarding the deductibility of your donation, please see a qualified tax accountant or contact the IRS directly.

Last, but certainly not least, you can donate your time to SLHF.  We are happy to train you in a number of different volunteer positions.  We used trained volunteers every Saturday to help run our temporary museum.  Docents have more in-depth training and conduct the Heritage Hike through old Sugar Land on the second Saturday of each month.  As we grow, we will have many more opportunities for volunteers.

There is a very good possibility that you could make some kind of donation in support of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation's goal of inspiring community pride by collecting, preserving, communicating and celebrating the history of Sugar Land, Texas.  THANKS in advance for your donation!! 
 
Regards,
Dennis 
                
To find out more about SLHF, visit our website at www.slheritage.org
Workday May 18
May 18th Work Day


VOLUNTEER WORK DAY 
 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

SLHF will have our next Volunteer Work Day on Saturday, October 5th, from 9 a.m. until noon.  This is a great opportunity to help out the Heritage Foundation!  There will be projects that almost anyone (13 years or older) can participate in.  For example:
  • Restocking/rearranging items for the Gift Shop
  • Light office cleaning (no floors)
  • Cleaning of collection items that have been stored in warehouses (weather permitting)
  • Rearranging a storage closet (some moderately heavy lifting is required)
  • Transporting collection items to offsite storage location (some moderately heavy lifting is required)  If you have a pick-up truck, that would be a GREAT help on this project

 

Regardless of which project you work on, you will meet some wonderful people who have a desire to preserve the heritage of Sugar Land, and of this area.  Come join the team; you'll be glad you did!  To volunteer, please contact Marsha Smith, SLHF Volunteer Coordinator, at msmith@slheritage.org  

FEATURED SPEAKER AT OUR OCTOBER 17TH CHAUTAUQUA TALK
 
KENNETH HALL
"The Sugar Land Express"  
 
Charles Kenneth Hall was born in Madisonville, Texas, and the family moved to Sugar Land in 1936 when he was a baby.  In high school, Kenneth excelled in track and field as well as football, winning several awards at state meets.  As a result of his accomplishments, he has been inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame (1983), the National High School Hall of Fame (1983) and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (1994). Locally, FBISD's Ken Hall Stadium, the Hall Lake Subdivision and Ken Hall Boulevard are all named after him.

Kenneth has one duty that he performs every year at the end of the high school football season.  His likeness has been turned into a trophy that is awarded each year to the outstanding high school football player in the nation.  It is presented at the awards banquet prior to the U.S. Army All-American High School Football Bowl, held at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  At the presentation and bowl game for last year's football season, Kenneth was pleased to meet with the young man who had just broken Kenneth's career rushing record of 11,232 yards - a record that stood for 59 years.

Come to the Sugar Land Auditorium, 314 Lakeview Drive in Sugar Land, 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17th to hear him talk about growing up in Sugar Land, his family, his football career and life after football.  Kenneth will sign autographs at a brief reception at the conclusion of his talk.  Admission is free.  This event is held by the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and its partner, the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. 
  
When Kenneth graduated from Sugar Land High School in 1954, he owned every major rushing and scoring record in Texas - and most were national records as well.   Following is a breakdown of these records:

CAREER STATS:

YEAR
YARDAGE
POINTS
1950
569
58
1951
3,160
224
1952
3,458
222
1953
4,045
395
TOTAL
11,232
899

RECORDS BY CATEGORY:

CAREER (1950 -1953)

RUSHING YARDAGE
11,232
POINTS SCORED
899
TOUCHDOWNS  SCORED
127
NUMBER OF100 YARD RUSHING
GAMES
38
TOTAL YARDS
14,558

SINGLE SEASON RECORDS (1953)

RUSHING YARDS
4,045
RUSHING YARDS PER GAME
337.1
POINTS SCORED
395
POINTS SCORED PER GAME
32.9
TOUCHDOWNS
57
TOUCHDOWNS PER GAME
4.75
TOTAL YARDS
5,146


RECORDS SET IN A SINGLE GAME (IN 1953 VERSUS HOUSTON LUTHERAN)

RUSHING YARDS
520
YARDS PER CARRY
47.3

SKEETERS RETRO T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE
IN OUR  GIFT SHOP
 
We have a limited quantity of those cool, blue Skeeters retro t-shirts available in the gift shop, sizes Small thru 2XL.  Come in and buy some before they sell out!
 LIMITED EDITION ORNAMENT FOR 2013

Each year, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation features a treasured historic building or site in Sugar Land.   Our first ornament was the iconic Char House.  The second was the Sugar Land Auditorium.

 

This year we are pleased to announce that our third ornament will depict the Sugar Land Depot.  It was built in 1927, replacing the wooden depot built in 1903.  In 1985, in order to preserve the building, the depot was moved to its current location, 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, and it is the home of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.  

 

These high-quality brass ornaments come individually packaged in a beautiful gift box which includes a printed card with information about the structure depicted.  

 

A unique addition to any Christmas tree or holiday display, a Sugar Land Heritage ornament is the perfect gift for family members, friends or clients.  The cost of each limited-edition collectible ornament is just $25.  They will be available for purchase beginning in October at the Museum, and at our October 17th Chautauqua talk (please see the following article). 

 

SPECIAL PICTURE DONATED

Haroldetta & Dennis tin picture
Haroldetta Robertson and Dennis Parmer, Exec. Dir., SLHF
 
Haroldetta Robertson originally planned to put this photograph collection in her home, but then decided that Dennis needed it in his office more than she did!  Bettye Anhaiser helped her obtain a piece of tin from the refinery site; Haroldetta bought the picture of the char house and the char house with the cross displayed from a retired employee of the refinery; her neighbor and professional photographer, Randy Kozlovsky, gave her the implosion picture, and the old photograph of the char house with the mercantile came from Red Barn Picture Framing.

Thanks for your generosity, Haroldetta - the picture looks GREAT in Dennis's office.     
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON SATURDAYS

Would you like to greet visitors to our Museum on Saturday, but think you just don't know enough about Sugar Land's history to do it? Our Museum is open from 9:00 - 1:00 on Saturdays and we need a volunteer for each of 3 shifts:  9:00 - 11:00, 10:30 - 12:30, and 11:00 - 1:00.  It's fun to meet people who are interested in our town and to explain how this company town grew through the years.  Training is available at the Museum on a request basis.

Please contact Marsha Smith at msmith@slheritage.org to sign up.  
OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To inspire community pride by collecting, preserving, communicating, and celebrating the history of Sugar Land, Texas.

Sugar Land Heritage Foundation

Dennis Parmer
Executive Director

Chris Bohannan
Lead Archivist

Chuck Kelly
Assistant Archivist
 
Board of Directors

Shay Shafie
President
      
Regina Morales
Vice President

Regina Morales
Treasurer
    
Bettye Anhaiser
Secretary


Bob Brown
Roy Cordes, Jr.
Sharon Ehrenkranz
Carl Favre
Bruce Kelly
Rev. Martin Nicholas
Bill Schwer
Don Smithers
John Whitmore

Farmers' Market
Every Saturday
9:00 - 1:00


Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Museum
Every Saturday
9:00 - 1:00

Docent-led Walks
2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00

$10 for adults
$5 for 12 - 18
Free for under 12

The next 3 walks are   September 14, October 12, and November 8

OUR DOCENTS

Samantha Chan
Scott Coffee
Alyssa Coffey
Carolyn Gilligan
Jane Goodsill
Bruce Kelly
Marc Martinez
Shaleen Miller
Marisa Parks
Roberta Prater
Tracy Prater
Anish Rao
Betty Schofield
Marsha Smith
Miriam Watson
Cherry Wong


Dennis's Wish List!

Fire Proof Cabinet for Archivist Area

 

Matching Chairs with Rollers for Conference Table (8 or 10)

 

Steel Shelving to Store Artifact Collection

 

Funds for Build-Out for Museum Exhibits

 

Folding Tables & Chairs

 

Keurig K-Cup Coffee Maker

 

Presentation Screen

 

Transcription Machine for Oral Histories

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO RECENTLY MADE IN-KIND OR CASH  DONATIONS TO SLHF:

Bob & Carol Brown
Mike Doan
First Southwest Company
Fluor
Johnson Development