Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Heritage Society

  • Houston, TX
  • www.heritagesociety.org

Mission Statement

The Heritage Society (THS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to tell the stories of Houston's diverse history through collections, exhibits and educational programs.

Main Programs

  1. Historic Structure Tours
  2. Preservation & conservation of historic buildings
  3. Houston and Harris County Heritage: Educational Programs
  4. Museum Exhibits
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The Heritage Society serves residents of and visitors to Houston, Texas, Harris County, Texas,  and surrounding cities and counties. An estimated 30% of all visitors come from more than 50 miles away.

ruling year

1956

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Alice Collette

Keywords

Self-reported

Historic House Museums Sam Houston Park Preservation Candlelight Tours

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EIN

74-1444232

 Number

4299510787

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Historic Structure Tours

THS provides historic structure tours for both adults and children. Trained docents conduct tours five days a week for a nominal charge. Tours include information about when and where the structures were built, their architectural style, the building’s principal owners and/or occupants, the lifestyle represented by the furnishings and other items in the structures, and the ethnic and cultural influences evident in the structures. Free cell phone tours are also available for those who visit the park after hours or do not have the time for a docent guided tour.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$38,000.00

Program 2

Preservation & conservation of historic buildings

The Heritage Society operates ten historic buildings in Sam Houston Park and each serves as exhibition space to demonstrate the cultural influences, lifestyles, and motivations of early residents of the city.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$338,000.00

Program 3

Houston and Harris County Heritage: Educational Programs

Educational offerings include workshops and lectures on topics relevant to the history and early architecture of Houston and Harris County, interactive activities for children and families; outreach to community centers, assisted living facilities, day care facilities and schools; and workshops for teachers of Texas History.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 4

Museum Exhibits

The Heritage Society Museum presents numerous exhibitions of historic items throughout the year. Exhibits are designed to explore different aspects of history that may have affected the development of Houston and Texas. They provide both children and adults a chance to look at history in a more personal way, allowing them to understand aspects of history that are not normally available to them. Special emphasis has been placed on exhibitions that demonstrate the roles that immigrants played in Houston's development.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$150,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The Heritage Society serves residents of and visitors to Houston, Texas, Harris County, Texas,  and surrounding cities and counties. An estimated 30% of all visitors come from more than 50 miles away.

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Funding Needs

Donations to the Annual Fund Drive make daily operations possible and are The Heritage Society's most pressing need.

Affiliations + Memberships

Southeast Texas Museum Association

Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate

Texas Association of Museums

Independent Charities of America

Houston Archaeological Society

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization

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Financials

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The Heritage Society
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31

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Operations

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The Heritage Society

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Alice Collette

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We at The Heritage Society strongly believe that the past impacts the present and shapes the future, and that the dreams, struggles and successes of those who came before us provide invaluable lessons for building and maintaining a strong and vibrant community. Houston and Harris County were founded by strong, determined people of many backgrounds and experiences who shaped what Houston is today."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Evelyn Boatwright

Community Volunteer

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?