Sam Houston Museum To Celebrate ‘Women Making History’
Sept. 12, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C. based museums.
Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and it is expected to attract more attendees in 2018.
“We always look forward to participating in this annual event hosted by the Smithsonian Magazine,” Megan Buro, Sam Houston Memorial Museum marketing coordinator said. “It is our eighth year to take part in it, and it is an opportunity for visitors to take advantage of free admission to the Museum to learn about General Sam Houston and the legacy he and his family have left Texas and the United States.”
The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Women Making History,” honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.
“To go along with this year’s theme, we will be highlighting Margaret Moffette Lea Houston and displaying several artifacts from our collection that pertain to Margaret that the public doesn’t typically get to see, so it will be a special treat for visitors that Saturday,” Buro said.
As part of Sam Houston State University, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of Sam Houston. The museum complex includes approximately 15 acres. The main museum houses the major collection of Houston memorabilia, two original Houston residences are preserved, Woodland Home and Steamboat House, as well as Sam’s law office, kitchen, museum store and other exhibit structures.
Museum Day are for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept. 22. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonian.com/museumday/search.
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