SLHF                                                      MARCH/APRIL  2014 

OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORDennis Parmer ED photo'S PERSPECTIVE

 
Where does the money come

from, what do we do with it

and how can YOU help? 
 
 
Where does the money come from? 

 

SLHF is funded through a variety of sources including but not limited to:

 

+  Support from the City of Sugar Land via the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT tax).  Each time a room at one of the hotels located in Sugar Land is rented, the occupant pays a HOT tax for each night's stay.  The use of the HOT tax is governed by state law and it cannot be used as general revenue for the City.  Under state law, SLHF qualifies as an organization that can receive HOT tax funding.

 

+  Grants from foundations such as the George Foundation, Kempner Fund, and Houston Endowment.

 

+  Fund raisers such as Galas and other activities held by SLHF.  The "Virtual Lockdown at Imperial" is an example.  For more information on the Virtual Lockdown, please read the following article.

 

+  Individual and Corporate donations.  No donation is too small!  I am not sure what would classify as a donation that is too large, but I am willing to get one.  LOL

 

+  Income from the sale of items in our Gift Shop, our limited edition Christmas ornaments, etc.

 

How is the money spent?

 

Operational expenses such as office equipment and supplies, staff compensation, telephone & Internet connections - many of the same expenses that any business would incur.

 

Professional fees for accountants, bookkeeping, legal, etc.

 

Memberships in professional organizations

 

Marketing expenses

 

Costs of holding fundraisers such as the 'Virtual Lockdown at Imperial".

 

Community Outreach programs, such as 1) classroom presentations detailing Sugar Land's history, for elementary aged children in FBISD, attended by hundreds of children; 2) special tours for Brownie and Girl Scout Troops, and 3) our upcoming SLHF Turn Back the Clock Baseball game this year on June 13th at Constellation Field  (Be sure to save the date!).   

 

How can you support SLHF?

  • Monetary donations:  We accept cash, checks and credit card payments.  Credit card payments may be made at the SLHF office (198 Kempner Street), over the phone (281-494-0261) or via our website.  Just click on the Donate tab at the top of the webpage.
  • Buy Sugar Land souvenirs/gift items  at the SLHF gift shop on Saturdays, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Register SLHF as your charity of choice with Kroger.  When you use your Kroger card, Kroger donates a percentage of your purchase to SLHF.  
  • Make an in-kind donation of services, merchandise, etc., to SLHF.
  • Be a volunteer.  Volunteering at SLHF is fun and rewarding!  Please contact Carolyn Gilligan at
    cgilligan@slheritage.org  to find out more.
In conclusion, all of the accomplishments in 2013 position SLHF for greater possibilities in 2014 and beyond.  The future is bright; good things are happening at SLHF; come join us in this adventure.

 

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation inspires community pride by collecting, preserving, communicating, and celebrating the history of Sugar Land, Texas.

 

Regards,

Dennis 
                
To find out more about SLHF, visit our website at www.slheritage.org
LOCKDOWN AT IMPERIAL!
 

PICTURED ARE SOME OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS BEING  HELD IN LOCKDOWN AT THE IMPERIAL REDEVELOPMENT SITE!  MORE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE BEING PROCESSED NOW AND HAVING THEIR MUG SHOTS TAKEN.  WE WILL PUBLISH THOSE PHOTOS AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE.

If you would like to help free one of the prisoners or turn yourself in and see if someone will bail you out, we'd love to have you participate.  Please contact Dennis Parmer at 281-494-0261 or dparmer@slheritage.org for more information. 

ARCHIVIST CORNER

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."     L. P. Hartley, English novelist

Sugar Land was surrounded by extensive green space as recently as 40 years ago.  Of course, further back in time, it was an isolated community on the Texas coastal plain, surrounded by expansive fields, pastures, and untamed acres of land, all teeming with wildlife.  Creeks, rivers and lakes were filled with fish and other aquatic life.  Residents back then could step out their back doors into an outdoors-man's (and woman's) paradise.

East side of Venetian early 1950s
East side of today's Venetian Estates (approximate location of Genova Court) in the early 1950s.  Dark spots on the water in the distance are teal.  (Photo courtesy of George 'B.I.' Webb)

W. T. Matlage became a Sugar Land resident near the beginning of the Kempner-Eldridge era, and he said he carried a shotgun in his Model T Ford because he never knew when he might see a flock of quail, doves or ducks that would be tasty on his dining room table.  In the late '40s and early '50s, boys would hunt before and after school, sometimes arriving late for first- period class. 
Pete Coburn ducks
Pete Coburn with ducks he and B.I. Webb shot after school in the area that is now Venetian Estates.  Photo courtesy of George 'B.I.' Webb.

The principal at Sugar Land High would allow them to store their guns and ammunition in his office during the school day.  No one wanted to waste time on a trip home to get their gear.  The principal DID charge a fee for this service - he got a few birds for his dinner table! 

Fishing was a year-round endeavor.  Trotlines were strung across Oyster Creek in many places.
BI Webb, white perch 1952
George 'B.I.' Webb posing with a stringer of white perch he caught in Brooks Lake (today the lake surrounds the Fluor complex) in 1952Photo courtesy of George 'B.I.' Webb. 

Early 1950s Alligator Gar
Alligator gar caught in local waters on view at the Sugar Land Shopping Center in the early 1950s.

Ida Seitz & Leroy Urban 1940s
Ida Seitz and Leroy Urban displaying a prized catfish in the1940s. Photo courtesy of Ida Seitz Pokluda.

You may find all this hard to believe, but it's true - we have the pictures to prove it!  If you need further evidence, visit our Museum on Saturday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm to take a look at the aerial and panoramic photos on display.  You'll get a good view of the wide-open spaces that once surrounded Sugar Land.
SAVE THE DATE!!

Culture on the Rocks at Veritas Steakhouse in
Sugar Land, Wednesday, March 19th, 5:00 - 10:00

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation will be the recipient of the Culture on the Rocks Series at Veritas Steakhouse, 1550 Lake Pointe Pkwy #500, on March 19th, from 5:00 pm until closing (10:00 pm).  Veritas will have a special menu for the event.

Dennis Parmer, our Executive Director, said "We had a fantastic evening in December, 2013, and wanted to do this again.  It is a great way to get the word out about SLHF.  I want to encourage our supporters and volunteers to come out for a great meal and show support SLHF.  We really appreciate Veritas for supporting this program and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation for being the originator and host of the Culture on the Rocks program.

Dennis Chad check Feb 2014
Chad Muska, SL Cultural Arts Foundation, presents Dennis a check for the December Culture on the Rocks event.
WORK DAY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22ND

SLHF will hold our next Volunteer Work Day on Saturday, March 22nd, from 9:30 am until 12:00 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)
  • Weather permitting:  cleaning of collection items that have been stored in warehouses
  • Rearranging 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, you would be a great help in this project!

Regardless of your project, you will meet some wonderful people that have a desire to preserve the heritage of Sugar Land and this area.  Come join the team; you will be glad  

that you did.  To volunteer, please contact Carolyn Gilligan, SLHF Volunteer Coordinator, at cgilligan@slheritage.org


Local artist Jeanne Dazey and State Representative District 26 Rick Miller present the official District 26 Ornament to SLHF Executive Director Dennis Parmer.  The ornament was displayed on the State of Texas House of Representatives Christmas Tree at the State Capitol in Austin, last year.  Ms. Dazey created the ornament that featured local Sugar Land landmarks.  It will be displayed in future collections at the SLHF Museum.

YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY PROJECT
FEBRUARY 15, 2014

On February 15th, twenty-one high school juniors and seniors from all over Fort Bend County helped to sort and preserve bricks at the former Imperial Refinery site.  The bricks were from previous building demolitions and clean-up of the site.  The students are part of the Youth in Philanthropy program that is underwritten and administered by a collaboration between the George Foundation and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. 

YIP Feb 2014

As pictured above, the Y.I.P. students were joined by eight SLHF volunteers for the Saturday project that started at 9 am and finished at 3 pm.  The SLHF volunteers who have been preserving bricks for the past three years were led by James Wong, who served as the on-site project manager.  James reported that 'It was a great experience for both the students and our volunteers.  They were energetic and enthusiastic.  And they were very productive!  We sorted and placed over 4,000 bricks on pallets."

Dennis Parmer, our Executive Director, said, "It was inspiring to watch these students take on the task of sorting and preserving these bricks.  It is a very physical activity; your hands and arms will definitely be aching at the end of the day!  SLHF would like to thank the students and our volunteers for their tremendous efforts in making this a successful preservation project.  We also would like to thank the George Foundation and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce for choosing SLHF as one of the Y.I.P. project locations.  And finally, SLHF appreciates the Pizza Hut on Eldridge Road for donating pizzas for lunch and Lowe's Home Improvement for donating work gloves for the students and volunteers to use."

SLHF will have a community workday starting at 9:30 on Saturday, March 22nd.  There will be a number of projects that ages 13 and older can be a part of, including the sorting and preserving of more bricks.  Please contact Carolyn Gilligan, SLHF Volunteer Coordinator, for more information and to sign up. 
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE Y.I.P. WORKDAY

James Wong YIP
James Wong, organizing the troops

That is one BIG pile of bricks! 


Starting to pick those bricks--hmmmmm, which one?

YIP Feb 2014  Bricks are palletized according to type  

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

W. Martin Nicholas
President
      
Shay Shafie
Vice President

Bettye Anhaiser
Secretary
    
Regina Morales
Treasurer


Bob Brown
Roy Cordes, Jr.
Sharon Ehrenkranz
Carl Favre
Bruce Kelly
Steve Porter
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    April 12th, May 10th and June 14th

OUR DOCENTS

Samantha Chan
Scott Coffee
Alyssa Coffey
Carolyn Gilligan
Jane Goodsill
Hal Jay
Paula Jay
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

  

Presentation Screen

 

Transcription Machine for Oral Histories

 

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

City of Sugar Land
Lowe's Home Improvement
Pizza Hut on Eldridge Rd

VOLUNTEER BOARD

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Carolyn Gilligan

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Cherry Wong

DOCENT COORDINATOR
Betty Schofield

GIFT SHOP MANAGER
(unfilled at this time)

MUSEUM VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Haroldetta Robertson

NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Marsha Smith

PUBLICITY
Roy Wiffin

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Becky Parmer

SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
Aisling Venza

WEBSITE MANAGER
Raymond McDonald