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How to Prepare for Grito Fest in 4 Steps
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017  I SHEREE CARDWELL - TOURISM MARKETING SPECIALIST
The 12th Annual Grito Fest, one of the area’s most popular festivals celebrating Hispanic heritage, will be held Saturday, October 7th, at Baytown’s Bicentennial Park (1001 Market Street). This FREE and family friendly outdoor festival will feature musical entertainment, mariachis, kid’s activities, contests, food and craft vendors, and more.  We want to help you get ready for this...  READ MORE
10 Helpful Tips to a Staycation in Baytown
JULY 31, 2017  I SABRINA GALLOWAY - TOURISM VISITOR OUTREACH SPECIALIST
Vacations budgets are getting smaller but our wanderlust is getting bigger. So what does that normally mean for our summer vacations? More than likely you've had to cut it out completely. But a tight budget doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some time to unwind and refocus yourself on a well-deserved vacation. Your body and soul...  READ MORE
Serving Up Stories at Sterling Municipal Library
May 24, 2017  I JENNA HARTE-WISNIEWSKI - MARKETING LIBRARIAN
When was the last time you used a library? Did you check out a book, use the free Wifi, or type up a resume? If you have not been to visit Sterling Municipal Library recently you may be surprised by the changes made just within the last year. Libraries are pretty notorious for being stale and unchanging, but the staff at the...  READ MORE
Did You Know They Don't Celebrate Thanksgiving in Sweden?
October 23, 2016  I HEATHER JONASSON - GUEST BLOGGER
When November rolls around and the weather starts to cool off (at least in my current neck of the woods), it’s time for cozy evenings and great autumn food to warm us up. By the end of the month, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving, using the weeks before to prepare. I know my grandmother always...  READ MORE
Rebuilding Historic Texas Avenue: Harbour's Cafe
September 22, 2016  I SABRINA GALLOWAY - TOURISM VISITOR OUTREACH SPECIALIST
Texas Avenue’s Town Square is slowly turning into a beautiful venue for outdoor events and unique shopping. After a long spell of slow commerce, Town Square is becoming the perfect spot for a day with the family or a romantic Saturday date night. Although this may sound surprising, Texas Avenue used to be THE place to be. When Texas Avenue was first settled, it was the center of all commerce for Goose Creek. After the discovery of...  READ MORE
Sam Houston, Ashbel Smith and the Bayland Guards
August 2015  I JOHN BRITT - BAYTOWN HISTORIAN & COLLEGE PROFESSOR
There is a story — a wonderful story — concerning Sam Houston Jr., the eldest child of the eight that Margaret Lea Houston would bear for her husband, General Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto. Sam Houston, as I am sure many of you know, was opposed to secession and was removed from the governor’s office by the Texas Secessionist Convention. Houston and his wife and children sought refuge in the small cabin Houston had built at...  READ MORE
Viva Gonzalez! An American Story
July 2015  I JOHN BRITT - BAYTOWN HISTORIAN & COLLEGE PROFESSOR
One of the joys of teaching is to discover in your class some student whose family has experienced a brush with one of history’s truly defining moments.  And what a thrill it is to witness that student’s sudden recognition and appreciation of the role some family member played in that event. Several years ago, I lectured on the U.S. involvement in the Mexican Revolution in my American history class at Lee College. Even though this was a...  READ MORE
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