SLHF                                                SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER   2014 

OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORDennis Parmer ED photo'S PERSPECTIVE

Could you tell us anything

about what will be in the SLHF

permanent museum?
 

It's a little early to answer that question in too much detail but I can share the current plans.  OK, before I go too far in writing this article, here comes the disclaimer!  Listed below is the preliminary storyline that the SLHF Board of Directors and Jack Rouse Associates, our museum consultants, have been discussing.  The amount of space, type of display, and subsequent budget requirements to portray each of these eras in the museum is yet to be determined.  The eras may be subdivided into small units or chapters to portray persons, events, etc., that significantly contributed to that era.  For example, under the "Company Town Era, 1908 - 1959", SLHF will want to include lots of information on I. H. Kempner and W. T. Eldridge, founding fathers of the company town.  A very important factor will be the cost of the display itself.  The cost of a static display versus the cost of an interactive display can be the difference of hundreds of dollars per square foot.  Another factor will be the on-going cost of operation/maintenance of the various displays.  Sorry for the LONG disclaimer, but you can see there are many decisions to be made regarding the future content of the museum.

The proposed storyline has the following eras with a date range associated with it, and there may be some overlapping between eras.  The eras and dates are representations and subject to revision.  Regardless, they give a good indication of what is being considered.  
  • The Prehistoric/Indigenous Indians Era, Beginning - 1821       
  • The Stephen F. Austin/Old 300 Families Era, 1821 - 1836
  • The Plantation Era, 1836 - 1908
  • The Company Town Era, 1908 - 1959
  • Sugar Land, the Incorporated City, 1959 - Present

SLHF is in the process of accessioning thousands of documents, pictures, etc, into our collection.  With that volume, it is realistic to say:

  1. Not all of these artifacts are displayable in the near future.
  2. There will be a concentration of artifacts in the Sugar Land, the Incorporated City era.
  3. As we go farther and farther back in time, we will have fewer  artifacts from each era.

Being proactive, I would like to appeal to each of you to check your closets, garages, attics (I would also say basements but it is my understanding that there are very few basements around here!), under the bed, etc., for items that you think would fit into one of these eras.  If you find something, please contact SLHF and let's discuss your donation of the item(s) to SLHF.  You may have an item that could be instrumental in a future museum display.  Please contact us by phone at 281-494-0261 or by e-mail to Chris Bohannan at cbohannan@hotmail.com or Chuck Kelly at chkelly77478@windstream.net or Dennis Parmer at dparmer@slheritage.org.

 

In the interim, SLHF is actively displaying our history and heritage by opening our temporary museum on Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm.  Please come by and see us.  We have a number of artifacts on display, videos you can watch and some great maps.  And we have trained volunteers to answer your questions.

 

Speaking of our volunteers, they inspire community pride with their respective efforts!!!  They are a great group of folks, who range in age/stage of life from high school students to senior citizens.  Come join us as SLHF goes forward to build a permanent museum.

 

To become a volunteer, contact Carolyn Gilligan, SLHF Volunteer Coordinator, at cgilligan@slheritage.org or Colleen McGlocklin at cmcglocklin@slheritage.org.    

                
To find out more about SLHF, visit our website at www.slheritage.org

Regards,

Dennis
ARCHIVIST CORNER

August Workday and the Imperial Neon Sign Recovery

On Saturday, August 23rd, the Heritage Foundation held one of our quarterly workdays in which staff and volunteers completed several important projects.  Not only did we get a chance to clean and reorganize the museum itself, we were also able to add a few items to our collection (more
on that in a moment).  These workdays offer the Heritage Foundation great opportunities to not only get a lot of work done, but to build a stronger relationship with our volunteers and the community at large.

If you have ever seen the Char House, especially at night, you may have noticed the large neon Imperial Sugar sign that is on the east and west sides of the building.  Stored here on site were the other two sides of that sign, which are identical to the ones on the building now.  These signs have now been cataloged and placed into proper storage.  Our hope is to have the signs restored so they may be used in some capacity in our future museum.  They look great and could be integrated into the design of the new building.


Assistant Archivist Chuck Kelly & the P of Imperial!

Another important project that was completed that day was led by James  and Cherry Wong.  They, along with a small but hardworking group of volunteers, gathered items from both the Container Warehouse and the Power Plant.  Items such as nuts, bolts, washers and other small pieces were collected from each of the buildings, and we hope to include these artifacts as possible accent pieces for future exhibits.  Our goal is to include as many of the items, both large and small, from the refinery site and intertwine them into the design process.  The work was HOT and I would like to personally thank all the volunteers for their tireless work in the 1000 degree Texas heat!

 

Chris Bohannan, Lead Archivist 

SUGAR LAND SKEETERS RETRO BASEBALL GAME CHECK PRESENTATION, AUGUST 1, 2014


From L to R:  Steve Porter, Ira Liebman and Dennis Parmer

Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Board Member Steve Porter and Executive Director Dennis Parmer receive the proceeds from the "Turn Back the Clock Game" jersey auction from Ira Liebman, Senior Sales & Broadcast Manager and Voice of the Skeeters.  Both Steve and Dennis are wearing jerseys from the June 13th game and Ira is wearing a costume for the Super Heroes Game Promotion that was held on the night of the check presentation.


On August 1, Sugar Land Heritage Foundation (SLHF) received the proceeds from the jersey auction held in conjunction with the June 13th Retro Night of Baseball.  This is the second year that SLHF and the Skeeters have teamed together to hold a "Turn Back the Clock" baseball game.

SLHF researched old pictures of former baseball teams in  Sugar Land and the Skeeters used those pictures in designing the uniforms for the game.  The jerseys and caps had a look reminiscent of the 1920s - 1930s era of baseball.

Ira Liebman, Senior Marketing & Broadcasting Manager for the Skeeters, said, "These games are always fun to be a part of.  Over 7,000 people attended the game."  Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Executive Director, Dennis Parmer, added, "This year's event was a very entertaining night of baseball with a vintage touch.  We hope to partner with the Skeeters for another game next year."

SLHF would like to thank the Fluor Corporation, Johnson Development Corporation, St. Michael's ER, and Bob and Carole Brown for helping to underwrite the game.  We would also like to thank the Economic Development Department of the City of Sugar Land for their support. 
GUESS WHAT'S COMING VERY SOON
TO OUR  GIFT SHOP???


We will have a limited supply of those beautiful coasters with four different scenes of old Sugar Land, including the Char House, by mid-September.  $25.00 for a set of four.  We've had many requests for these, so they are sure to sell quickly.  Don't be left out!

AND

Each year we feature a treasured historic building or site in Sugar Land.  This year's selection is the Palms Theater, home to MANY memories for those of us who grew up in Sugar Land.  This high-quality brass ornament comes individually packaged in a beautiful gift box that includes a printed card with information about the Palms Theater.  The cost of each limited-edition collectible ornament is just $25.00.  They should be available in October.


WORKDAY on AUGUST 23rd

We all had a great time on the 23rd at the workday.   A big THANK YOU to our dedicated volunteers who help on our workdays.

The indoor cleaning crew made everything sparkle and the scavenger team braved the hot Texas day to collect metal artifacts from the Container Warehouse and the Power Plant.
 

Our hardworking volunteers, who cleaned up and rearranged things in the Museum.



Scavenger hunt in the Container Warehouse!  Volunteers collected all manner of nuts, bolts, and washers to be used in future exhibits.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON AT
MAIN STREET AND KEMPNER?

Here are some photos for those of you who haven't ventured over on this side of Sugar Land since the water tower and the rail line work began.


 Photograph by Randy Kozlovsky, Ohana Photography, courtesy of Johnson Development Corp. 

 

No, that's not a flying saucer, it's the water tower undergoing a major facelift!  Built in 1924 to serve as the fire suppression sprinkler system for the refinery and especially the Char House, the water tower is undergoing restoration, funded by Johnson Development Corp.  It is being stabilized where necessary and will be painted in an earth toned color and have the Imperial Sugar Land logo at the top.

 

   

Photograph by Randy Kozlovsky, Ohana Photography, courtesy of Johnson Development Corp.  

 

People high in the sky and hard at work on the restoration project.  

 

Photograph by Randy Kozlovsky, Ohana Photography, courtesy of Johnson Development Corp. 

 

Just to give you a little perspective on just HOW tall this tower is!  That's Cleveland Lake directly behind the tower and the white buildings just to the left of the tower are Lakeview Elementary and the Sugar Land Auditorium.  City of Houston skyline makes a nice backdrop.  

 

 

AND NOW FOR A COUPLE OF TRAIN PHOTOS!  

   

Well, not really TRAIN photos - not this time.  BUT check out the work going into the creation of a second bridge over Oyster Creek to accommodate that second rail line that will be coming through Sugar Land on its way to San Antonio. 

 

Photograph courtesy of Randy Kozlovsky, Ohana Photography  

 

Workers had to put large rocks into Oyster Creek between the existing train bridge and the automobile bridge in order to bring in equipment to install pilings for the new bridge.   

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Randy Kozlovsky, Ohana Photography

 

Bird's eye view of the piling work at the Creek.  This second rail line will increase capacity and efficiency for Union Pacific and should also mean a decrease in wait times at each crossing, according to Union Pacific. 

 
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

Colleen McGlocklin
Marketing & Administrative Assistant

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
Mike Goodrum
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    September 13th, October 11th & November 8th

OUR DOCENTS

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

 

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:

Bettye Anhaiser
Bob & Carole Brown
Bob Brown / Fort  Bend Economic Development Council
Fluor Corporation
Jane Goodsill
Johnson Development Corp
Bruce Kelly
The Gloria Krehmeier Family
Lowe's in Sugar Land
Jane McMeans
Dr. Shannon Orsak
Shay Shafie
Marsha Smith
St. Michael's ER

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