Summer Activities

Hands-On History Hour

June 12 – August 25, 2018 | 10 a.m. to Noon

Get hands-on with history this summer at the George Ranch Historical Park! Plan to visit us in the morning from 10 a.m. to noon for Hands-On History Hour. These special hands-on experiences will rotate on a weekly basis all summer long. Cost is included with general admission! Want to book your group of 15 or more to visit the Park on a specific date during the summer? E-mail our Education Coordinator or call 281-343-0218 x220.

June 12-16: 1830s Tin Punching

Relatively inexpensive and readily available in early United States and Texas, punched or pierced tin was used to make candle shields, bed warmers and panels for pie safes. Try your hand at this vintage art form and make something to take home!

June 19-23: 1860s Cross-Stitch

While cross-stich embroidery has existed for 2,000 years, it was particularly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Ryon Prairie Home and get a hands-on tutorial of this delicate craft.

June 26-30: 1890s Puppetry

Puppetry was all the rage during the Victorian era. Learn about the different kinds of puppets that were around at this time, enact a scene with our rod puppet theater and make a marionette of your very own.

July 3-7: 1930s Stick Horse Rodeo

It’s time to cowboy up with our stick horse rodeo! Race the barrels and rope a “steer” — all atop your trusty steed. Who will be the “Top Hand”?

July 10-14: 1830s Social Dances

Turns and spins abound at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm. Come and discover the popular social dances of the era and their importance among early pioneer families.

July 17-21: 1860s Silhouettes

By the late 1860s, the art of silhouettes were being replaced by the growing field of photography. Come explore this fading art form and make one of your very own to take home.

July 24-28: 1890s Hands-On Blacksmithing

Visit the Park’s blacksmith and get hands-on with this difficult trade. Use wooden hammers and clay to simulate the forge experience.

July 31-August 4: 1930s Toy Sail Boats

Kids during the Great Depression had to be very innovative to create toys out of cheap, easy-to-find materials. Make a sail for some of our wooden boats or get creative with a paper sail boat. When you are ready, race them against your family and friends to see who is the best engineer.

August 7-11: 1830s Trade Blanket

Experience shopping frontier-style. Bring your wits to make sure that you get a good deal. Remember, the grocery store as we know it is still a century and more away.

August 14-18: 1860s Food Preservation

Without refrigerators, early Texans had to be very clever with how they stored food for the lean times. Come learn about the various techniques used to preserve food in 1860s Texas.

August 21-25: 1890s Tiddledy-Winks

Invented in 1888 as an adult parlor game, Tiddledy-Winks quickly became one of the most popular crazes in the1890s with Victorian adults and children alike. Put your tiddledy-winks prowess to the test with a rollicking game at the 1890s Sharecropper Cabin.

August 28-September 1: 1930s The Little Engine That Could

Released in 1930, The Little Engine That Could has become one of our most cherished children’s books. Listen to a reading of this beloved story and participate in craft to make your own paper train.

Take a look at a previous Hands-On History Hour activity thanks to HCC Stafford TV Studio!