Best Ways To Learn About Presidential And American History In Houston

February 18, 2013 6:00 AM

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Texas, home to many American presidents including Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, keeps the rich American history alive through its variety of establishments and events promoting American culture. As we all celebrate Presidents Day, reconnecting with our nation’s history is a great way to get in touch with our nation’s colorful journey. In Houston, check out what our city has in store.

Sesquicentennial Park
400 Texas St.
Houston, TX 77204
(713) 250-3666

This park was built primarily to commemorate the 150th birthday of the city of Houston in 1986. Guests and visitors can enjoy the park’s beautiful landscape with its unique waterfalls, waterway and a trail for hiking and biking.  It also features a monument dedicated to former president George H.W. Bush and artist Mel Chin’s distinctive creation, seven pillars as tall as 70 feet, built to honor Houston’s historical journey from past to present.

George Bush Presidential Library And Museum
1000 George Bush Drive W.
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 691-4000

Price: Click here        

This huge library not only celebrates the contributions of former president George H.W. Bush to our nation, it also promotes civic literacy and the enrichment of American history while fostering volunteerism and public service. Special events are held all year long including museum tours and exhibits.

San Jacinto Museum Of History
One Monument Circle
La Porte, TX 77571
(281) 479-2421

Price: Click here

Just a few minutes from downtown Houston, this museum depicts and narrates the historical revolution that gave birth to Texas’ freedom and independence from Mexico through the able leadership of General Sam Houston during the Battle of San Jacinto. It houses the historical battlefield, the lofty San Jacinto monument built in 1939 and the San Jacinto Museum of History. Guests will definitely be able to relive a slice of Texas history by visiting this significant landmark.

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The Holocaust Museum Houston
The Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 942-8000

Price: free

Its primary mission is to educate people about the ugliness of war by depicting the horrors experienced by millions of Jews and other victims during the infamous Holocaust and other wars involving genocide and also, by honoring the legacy of those who survived. The museum promotes peace, respect and diversity and believes that prejudice and hate may be overcome through the power of education. Exhibitions and events are scheduled for visitors all year long.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
3816 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 942-8920

Price: $10 / adults; $5 / students

Dedicated to the legacy of the African-American soldier, this museum prides itself for housing the largest repository of the world’s African-American military history. A significant historical landmark in Houston, the museum features a host of lectures, events and exhibits including videos, print documents and other memorabilia depicting the heroism of the great men and women who fought the American revolutions from past to present.

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Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at

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