Join us as we explore the Buffalo Soldiers and the African American Military Experience through our many events and activities.
Lighting the Fires of Freedom: Book Talk with Dr. Janet Dewart Bell
March 29 | 6:00 PM
Join us for a special program honoring Women’s History Month, featuring Dr. Janet Dewart Bell, author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.
During the Civil Rights Movement, African American women did not stand on ceremony; they simply did the work that needed to be done. Yet despite their significant contributions at all levels of the Movement, they remain mostly invisible to the larger public. Beyond Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, most Americans would be hard-pressed to name other leaders at the community, local, and national levels.
In Lighting the Fires of Freedom, Janet Dewart Bell shines a light on women’s all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement.
This program is free to attend. RSVP required.
Thank you to our co-sponsor Houston Coalition Against Hate.
Women's History Month Virtual Readings
Our expert storytellers perform historical reenactments on Thursdays and Saturdays. These popular Living History performances sell out quickly, so be sure to pre-purchase your tickets!
Plus, learn all about our interactive collection with “Ask the Archivist,” or join a guided tour (based on availability).
Saturdays | 11 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM
- Feb 4 | Rosa Parks “We Shall Overcome” | TICKETS
- Feb 11 | Harriet Tubman “Freedom Fighter + Trailblazer” | TICKETS
- Feb 18 | Bessie Coleman “Aviator, Woman, First” | TICKETS
- Feb 25 | Fannie Lou Hamer “I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” | TICKETS
Thursdays | 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Fridays in March | 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Join us on Fridays in March for virtual Zoom readings with a different guest reader each week. This initiative is in collaboration with community partners in an effort to share our museum with other communities. Each book is designed to empower young people, specifically girls.
Gayla Wilson with Interfaith Ministries
Gayla Wilson is the Interfaith Relations Community Engagement Program Manager at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. She is responsible for developing and implementing community programs and dialogues, including the iLead Youth Engagement Program, for middle school students, IMpulse Young Professionals, and Vital Conversations 2.0 to educate the Greater Houston community about the work of IMGH, as well as initiating, developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborative ventures across the Greater Houston area that promotes understanding and respect. Although originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Houston has been home for the last 26 years. She is a fierce advocate of all things related to equity and social justice and is a lifelong volunteer, something she got from her momma. She’s a wife, “bonus mom”, sister, auntie, MiMi G to her grandson, Jackson, and friend to a close-knit group. She enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, Pilates, live music, and the smaller the venue the better.
Dr. Michelle Tova with BSNM
Dr. Michelle Tovar is the Director of Education at the Center for African American Military History. In this role, she is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating museum education programs for diverse audiences and expanding the museum’s engagement with the public, educators, and students. Dr. Tovar aims to build authentic partnerships with local and national organizations dedicated to education, social justice, and history. She is an advocate for BIPOC representation in formal and informal learning environments. Previously, Dr. Tovar founded the Latino Initiatives at Holocaust Museum Houston in 2015 as the Associate Director of Education-Latino Initiatives and created inclusive programming as the Director of Public Engagement (’21-’22). She earned her MLA in History at the University of St. Thomas and her Ed.D. at the University of Houston in Curriculum and Instruction in K-12 Social Education, emphasizing Social Justice Education. She is a Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies alum, a Fulbright-Hays scholar, and serves as a Houston Coalition Against Hate board member. In 2020, Dr. Tovar was awarded the American Alliance of Museums Ed Com Award for Excellence in Practice.
Kristy Lozano with Brave Little Company
Drum Dream Girl
Kristy Lozano grew up by the border to Mexico in Brownsville, Texas. She can proudly speak Spanish fluently. Kristy Lozano holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University. She has been in three productions at Sam Houston State University, including Our Lady of 121st Street as Norca (directed by Patrick Person) and The Government Inspector as Grusha (directed by David A McTier). Kristy Lozano was also an ensemble member in the production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at The Camille PlayHouse in Brownsville. She is Brave Little Company’s Social Media Manager and also plays the role of Robin Goodfellow in the touring production Wooden O: An Interactive Shakespeare Adventure. She is a Young Audiences of Houston teaching artist, teaching theater enrichment at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet and other locations. She continues to share her passion for theater through arts education for Houston’s kids!
Tracie Jae with The Quiet Rebel
In business and in life, Tracie Jae is The Quiet Rebel. Her work in the world is creating incremental and organic shifts to the status quo. She believes that grace filled and authentic conversations are essential to fostering greater understanding, building trust and peaceful coexistence. In her work, she centers humans, celebrates differences and honors lived experiences. The expertise of her proprietary approach is based on evidence-based practices in clinical and cognitive psychology, communications research, and focusing on what makes us fully human, at both our best and worst. Her current frameworks include 100 Voices Guided Conversations and HUMAN Centered Equity™. 100 Voices Dialogue on Race and Culture is the central focus for the PhD Thesis of Dr. Megan Ratcliffe, Saybrook University. In her thesis, Dr. Ratcliffe shares the power of 100 Voices as an entry point for organizations seeking to have difficult conversations. Tracie holds a BA in Business Management and MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership. Her commitment to service spans over two decades of volunteerism and vocation in Houston’s non-profit sector. Now that her three daughters have matured to adulthood, she delights in hot coffee, bubble meditation and any opportunity to #feedthehappy.
Laura Cardiel with Lone Star College
The Day You Begin
Laura Cardiel is the Executive Director of Equity Analytics and Reporting at Lone Star College. She is a first-generation college student passionate about helping people elevate their lives. Laura has worked at Lone Star College for almost nine years; prior to that, she worked at Sam Houston State University. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University.
We offer a wide variety of ongoing events and activities. Our programs are open to the public throughout the year and feature learning workshops and family-friendly activities designed to inform, educate, and entertain.
Seniors & Veterans
Fit To Serve
Youth & Adults
Paint Your History
History painting party, led by an Artist. Occasional live model of a Soldier, or artifact from our collection. Intended audiences will vary but youth 11-17, Adults 21 and older, veterans and seniors.
Museum After Dark (M.A.D.)
Wayne performs A Soldier’s Story, a reenactment of the story of a Buffalo Soldier.
He has been a mainstay in the Houston Theater scene for more than 25 years. Mr. DeHart’s career spans more than 100 stage productions. He has appeared in such films as “Robocop 2,” “A Perfect World,” and “Looper,” and such television programs as “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Prison Break” and “Breaking Bad.”