Local Organizers Gear up for 2015 Sam Houston Folk Festival
As one of the oldest towns in the Republic of Texas, Huntsville holds a great deal of history. This history is not fabricated, but documented, holding great importance within the realm of Texas history and the pathway from frontier to republic to state. Citizens of Huntsville take pride in the role their community played in the development of Texas.
Huntsville’s most beloved citizen from that history is General Sam Houston, whose statue stands among the pines on the outskirts of Huntsville on Interstate 45. Just a few minutes away, in the heart of Huntsville, you will find Sam Houston State University, another namesake honor given to our great General Sam. SHSU is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in the State of Texas. Just across the street from the University, on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, sits the homestead of Sam and Margaret Houston, his law offices, and the Steamboat House, where the couple lived with their children, and General Sam spent his final days in Huntsville.
The 15 acre museum grounds will be transformed May 1st – 3rd to allow visitors to step back in time to the 1800s and witness a day in the life of Huntsvillians, Texas heroes, pioneers, and travelers who visited our bustling city. This year’s event will create an experience for every member of the family. This year’s visitors will have the chance to witness firsthand folk life as it was on the Texas frontier.
The 2015 General Sam Houston Folk Festival will focus on educating and entertaining families on the history of Huntsville and Texas in the 1800s. There will be returning favorites such as the Children’s Tent (where kids can create crafts from the past and dip their own candles), as well as demonstrations in glass blowing and blacksmithing. Also returning will be the colorful and energetic performances of the Sahawe Indian Dancers.
“New experiences are being added to the 28th annual festival’s lineup every day,” says Huntsville’s Mayor Mac Woodward. “We are really excited about bringing to life some very old friends of Huntsville, namely Sam Houston and his contemporaries, as well as many new sights and sounds to our grounds and performance areas.”
For more information about the 2015 General Sam Houston Folk Festival, please visit the official website at www.GSHFF.com or call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936-294-1832.