Sugar Land Heritage Foundation
SLHF                                              August/September 2016 
Dennis Parmer ED photo 
2016 A Year of Transition: Continued  
2016 continues to be one of the most challenging but exciting years in the life of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation. A lot of behind the scenes activities continue in full speed. Listed below are some the tasks that are underway.
SLHF and the City of Sugar Land have been working jointly to design a Heritage Museum / Visitor Center concept on the second floor of the former container warehouse. A good bit of effort has been invested in designing the common use areas where the conference room, break room, and offices are located. Much progress has been made in blending the perspectives / missions of these two concepts. At the same time, each organization has to be able to fulfill its respective purposes. The synergies from joining these two entities are going to be tremendous. A talented group of people are working to make this a reality in early 2017.
Another component underway is the design of the SLHF exhibit space itself. SLHF has engaged the services of a professional design-and-build firm to assists us in this process. This firm will also design / build exhibits that will be a part of the exhibit space. SLHF has divided our storyline into five chapters: 1) Prehistoric: before 1820, 2) Early Settlement: 1821 -1836, 3) Early Development: 1837 - 1908, 4) Company Town: 1908 - 1959, 5) Modern Era: 1959 - current.
We made the decision to keep our interim museum open as long as we possible but at the same time focus on the new museum. Several factors went into this decision: the Farmer's Market is in its busy seasons of summer and fall; the Ft. Bend Children's Discovery Center (FBCDC) opened in May. Each brings many folks to the site each Saturday. The Children's Discovery Center has done a terrific job of creating a colorful and cool space packed with a multitude of things for children to do. CONGRATULATION FBCDC on a great job!!

Regarding our new building, we will have more display space but a lot less storage. SO, out of the thousands of items that range from a small widget to a large piece of equipment: What do we display in the new museum? What do we keep for future displays, research, etc.? How do we dispose of items that will not go forward? The obvious solution is to sort through all the items and rent offsite storage. However, that can be an expensive option. I would bet that some of you have an offsite storage unit that you have paid for over several years and the value of the items has been eclipsed by the cost of the storage fees. Becky and I have fallen into that trap in the past. This project remains as one of, if not, the most difficult task that we have to complete!
Earlier this summer, we participated in the "Turn Back the Clock Baseball Game at Constellation Field". We also have continued our Heritage Hikes and outreach programs to civic organizations. We also held the second Discover Sugar Land Scavenger Hunt as an event and fundraiser.

One of our annual fundraisers, Scavenger Hunt 2016 was held in mid-June. We used the backup date due to the heavy rains in May. We almost canceled it in June because of a large thunderstorm that day. Of course, we were not the only organization dealing with the weather. Several golf tournaments and other outdoor activities were either rescheduled or cancelled all together. While on the subject of fundraising events this year, save the date of November 10 for Speakeasy. See this newsletter for more details.
Despite all of the transition items mentioned above, now is a great time to volunteer at SLHF. We have existing programs that could use your talents and time, e.g. Saturday docents for the interim museum or the project of evaluating / packing up items to move later this year. Regardless of your age or station in life, we have an opportunity for you to become a part of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation.
The mission of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation is to inspire community pride by collecting, preserving, communicating, and celebrating the history of Sugar Land, Texas. Come join us, contact us at 281-494-0261 or visit our website at 
After a rain delay, the intrepid teams took to the field in the 




June 12

The 2016 version of the Scavenger Hunt gets a great welcome by Sterling McCall Nissan in Meadows Place which served as the starting location of the hunt.

Ft. Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and Ft. Bend County Constable Pct. 4 Trever Nehls served as the official starters for this year's Hunt. A variety of teams composed of young professionals to lifetime residents of this area hit the streets in search of answers to 20+ clues. Teams with from 2 to 6 members crisscrossed Sugar Land seeking a variety of places, items, and landmarks located in Sugar Land or its extra territorial jurisdiction.  

Teams were give three hours to complete their search with the Hunt ending at Ft. Bend Toyota. Teams and supporters were then treated with food and beverages  from Safari Texas. In addition, a live band and a variety of games were on hand to provide for a festive celebration for the Scavenger Hunters.

Dennis Parmer, Executive Director for SLHF, said "This year's competition was as close as you can get. We had three teams miss just one answer and one team with a perfect score!" The winning team this year was sponsored by Absolutely! Focus Media and more than lived up to their claim by their team captain Alexa Goldstein that "they were in it, to win it!!". 

Parmer congratulated the teams for their civic pride and tenacity to complete the hunt. Parmer also thanked Marvin Marcell and Sterling McCall Automotive group for being the title sponsors for the event. He also thanked a large group of volunteers for their efforts that made the event a success.

2016 Scavenger Hunt winning team. Pictured left to right, Alexa Goldstein, Ariana Cruz, Dennis Parmer, SLHF Executive Director, Tisha Franks, Hillary Goldstein

Dust off your Tommy Guns 
Find your Flapper skirts

Heritage Foundation's  
NOVEMBER 10, 2016 

Use any means of transportation necessary, but be sure you get there.



Baseball was an early part of Sugar Land

The family of George Morales, Sr. donates Imperial baseball jersey worn by their father when he played for the team. The 1950's jersey served as the model for Sugar Land Skeeters "Turn back the clock" baseball game on June 12".


People in Sugar Land have many and varied memories of their first association with the area and their time here. Many also realized just how special the city is and have made it home.

Interested in your neighbors and want to know more about the people who call Sugar Land home? 

Here is one story: 

My grandfather was born on Main Street in 1917 in one of the homes that backs up to Oyster Creek. He later moved to the yellow house on the corner of Guenther across from Oyster Creek. His father was the pharmacist. I called my great grandparents Mammaw and Bampaw. You will probably know them better as the Matlages. Their children, my grandfather and great aunt, were William T. Matlage and Anita Matlage. My grandfather passed away last year, but I feel close to him whenever I travel down Brooks and cross Matlage way. His wife, my grandmother and love of his life, whom he met at a dance in Sugar Land in 1936, lives in Texas City now. We just celebrated her birthday last month. I knew when it was time for my children and me to put down some roots, it was going to be here. I love Sugar Land.

Melinda Calvert Rainwater 

We'd love to hear and share more first hand accounts.  Send us your personal reminiscences about Sugar Land.     
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next dates:   

           September 10             October 8
Enjoy the some what cooler weather and learn the history of the "Old 300," Imperial Sugar, and the city of Sugar Land.  
Take a two hour stroll around the Imperial Sugar facility, up to the "Hill" and visit Lake View Auditorium.  Hear about the early settlements under Stephen Austin and learn how the sugar mill and then the refinery came to be.  Hear about the families who were responsible for making Sugar Land the great city it is today and learn some little known tidbits and some titillating trivia.  
Tours starts at the Sugar Land Heritage Museum at 10 am each second Saturday.  Cost is $10 for adults, $5 children, free under 12.


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

Sugar Land Heritage Foundation

Dennis Parmer

Executive Director

Bruce Kelly



Board of Directors

W. Martin Nicholas


Allison Wen     
Vice President

Bettye Anhaiser

Bob Brown

Roy Cordes, Jr.

Mike Goodrum

Steve Porter

Claire Rogers

Bill Schwer

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


2 hours

$10 for adults

$5 for 12 - 18

Free for under 12

The next walks are   

September 10

October 8


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

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



Betty Anhaiser

Bob & Carole Brown

Dean & Sylvia Carpenter/

   Houston Landscape


Roy Cordes

Anthony Francis/

   LJA Engineering

Methodist Hospital Sugar


Steve Porter

Allen Boone Humphries  


Claire Rogers

Allison Wen/ Safari




Carolyn Gilligan


Cherry Wong


Hal Jay






Raymond McDonald



Paula Jay



Becky Parmer   

Sugar Land Heritage Foundation | 198 Kempner Street | Sugar Land | TX | 77498