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Folk Festival To Celebrate Texas Frontier

April 27, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett

The Sam Houston State Memorial Museum will host the 28th annual Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival, celebrating the lives of the Houston family by taking visitors to 1800s Huntsville, Friday through Sunday (May 1-3).demonstrator

Thousands of visitors are anticipated to learn about life during Houston’s days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday on the museum grounds.

The three-day event offers a variety of historical and cultural experiences for visitors of every age. One can watch educational reenactments, listen to music, and shop for crafts, wares and food.

Activities will include kick wheel pottery, leather making, basket weaving, blacksmithing, glass blowing, spinning and weaving, woodworking, and soap making. 

The festival will also have Mexican culture and African American culture tents, as well as a children’s tent where kids can play games, make cornhusk dolls, dip candles, and make friendship bracelets. 

“The festival is jam-packed with entertainment, including groups like the No Foolin’ String Band, the Traveling Murphys, the Sahawee Indian Dancers, and a knife throwing show,” said Megan Buro, museum marketing coordinator.

african american tent“I hope the community will come out to celebrate Gen. Houston at a great family event that is not only educational but also fun. Plus, visitors get to stroll the grounds where Sam and Margaret Houston lived and where their children played.”

The Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival was established in 1988 to increase visitors’ understanding and appreciation for Texas history, the life of Gen. Sam Houston, and frontier and pioneer heritage.

Admission is $5 per day for adults and $3 per day for children; children under the age of 3 will receive free admission. Group rates are also available.

For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832, and for a complete entertainment lineup, visit or “Like” the Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival on Facebook.


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