By SHEREEN SAMPSON
Fort Bend Museum Site Manager
A differing approach to historic house museums has become a hot topic of conversation among public historians, due in part to recent scholarly works such as The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums.
When we examine the John and Lottie Moore Home, do we see a house that was filled with five rambunctious children? Or instead do we see a house filled with precious furniture behind velvet ropes? The goal of the Fort Bend Museum is to bring to life what the interior would have truly looked like during the Edwardian period in the Moore Home, at the time when John Moore was elected to Congress and the house was re-designed in its current Classical Revival style.
The public may be surprised by the brilliant colors of both wallpaper and wall-to-wall rugs during this time period, and might be astonished to hear of the dictated societal norms in the decade prior to the beginning of WWI. Calling cards, portières, tortuous stays, the crackling sounds of a phonograph, Edwardian entertainments, and new-fangled electric lights will all be part of the visitors’ experience when the Moore Home is brought back to 1905.
Join us on Saturday, May 7 from 3-6 p.m. for our very first Southern Garden Party. The event will honor longtime docent and Fort Bend Museum founder Billie Harris Wendt -- plus, funds raised during the event will go exclusively toward the restoration of the Moore Home! Tickets cost $45 for general public, $40 for members, $30 for docents and $15 for children (ages 5-12). A limited number of reserved tables for eight are available for $500 each.
To buy tickets, please call 281-342-6478 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there!
Funding has been provided to the Fort Bend History Association from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Fort Bend Museum Staff