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2016-17 Program Schedule

Please join us the second Thursday of each month at Bellaire's CenterPoint Energy Community Center, 7001 5th St.
All meetings begin promptly at 6:30 pm.
September 8, 2016
Leslie Bourne
“Ronald McDonald House Houston—Past, Present and Future”


Leslie Bourne, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Houston, will share the special story of how it began, in 1981, and has provided a home away from home for thousands of families from all over the world, with care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.
October 13, 2016
Mary Alford Cohrs
“Celebrating 65 Years in the Community—The History of the Bellaire Library”

To help celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Bellaire City Library, Mary Cohrs, Bellaire City Library Director, will present its history and how it plans to continue serving future generations.
November 10, 2016
Chris Godbold
“The George Ranch Historical Park:  A Microcosm of Fort Bend County History that Lives Today”

Chris Godbold, Chief Curator, Fort Bend County Museum Association, George Ranch Historical Park, will discuss the importance of the George Ranch and its strong ties to the history of Fort Bend County, beginning with its founding in Austin’s Colony and continuing through its Brahorn cattle heyday in the 1930s, and the major impact, even today, the George family legacy has on its community and greater Houston region.
December 8, 2016
Henry Owen
“Nature Discovery Center—From the Roots Up”

Henry Owen, Executive Director, Nature Discovery Center, will tell how Bellaire’s unique Nature Discovery Center is honoring its history while making the renovations and improvements that are  necessary to fulfill its mission to ignite life-long curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature.
January 12, 2017
Dr. Russell D. Kane
“From Missionaries to Visionaries and the Wines of the Lone Star State”

Dr. Russell D. Kane, award-winning Texas writer, author and wine aficionado, will present a unique story of how the Texas Hill Country wineries have roots as old as any around.  It started with the Spanish missionaries in the 1600s.  Then came the German and Italian immigrants in the 1800s.  And, today, Texas is America’s fifth largest wine producing state.
February 9, 2017
Mark Davidson
“West U and Bellaire Go to War—The Fight Over the Merger of the Cities”

On December 31, 1945,  the City Council of West University Place met and voted to annex the cities of Bellaire and Southside Place.  The Hon. Mark Davidson, current Judge, Multidistrict Litigation Harris County Civil Court, and retired Judge of the 11th District Court, will share the story of this little-known aspect of Bellaire’s past.
March 9, 2017
Brian Hill and Lee C. Ehmke
“The Houston Zoo—From Earl the Bison to Saving Wildlife—95 Years of Educating Our Community”

Brian Hill, Retired Director of Public Affairs for the Houston Zoo, will discuss the history of the Houston Zoo starting with Earl the Bison in 1922, to over 6,000 animals and 900 species today. Lee C. Ehmke, President/CEO, Houston Zoo, Inc., and Immediate Past President, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, will talk about the role of zoos in saving animals in the wild.
April 13, 2017
Rob Landes
“A Stroll Down Bellaire Boulevard”

Rob Landes, distinguished pianist, organist, arranger, conductor, and published composer will not be presenting one of his famous musical programs.  Rather, he will be sharing stories about his early recollections of growing up in the “new” community of Bellaire.
May 11, 2017
Annual Election & Dinner

This is the annual event where Bellaire Historical Society members gather to elect new Directors & Officers for the next season and share a special dinner, followed by a challenging Bellaire Trivia Contest.


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