On March 31, 2012 the second Spring Picnic was held. Several new acitivites were added
The loudest and most excitiing activity of the the second Spring Picnic was the Bonnie & Clyde shootout. Everyone also enjoyed the sounds of the E-Flat Porch Band and the vintage baseball games featuring the Houston Babes, the Katy Combines and the Boerne White Sox.
The Antique Car, Buggy & Tractor Parade had a nice array of old wheels, including a number of antique tractors, several antique cars and two antique pickup trucks.
James Toman's collection of antique toys, mostly trucks of all sorts, was on display in the Santa Fe Museum.
Food and drink popular in the early 1900s was served.
Historical information about all the activities and foods was presented on the signs located near each activity or booth.
A quilt show was also held in conjunction with the Spring Picnic in 2012. Nearly all of the quilts were antique hand-made quilts. There were some very fine, well-made quilts in the exhibit. Also on exhibit were antique hand-crocheted bed spreads.
We were very fortunate to have many individuals and businesses come forth to sponsor the event. We greatly appreciate the sponsors' willingness to help with the first Spring Picnic--it could not have been done without our sponsors.
The Sealy Area Historical Society recently received funds from the Abe and Irene Levine Trust to restore the caboose located on the Santa Fe Museum Park grounds. The caboose was manufactured in 1927 and is one of the first 150 steel cabooses manufactured for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Railroad companies refer to a caboose as a "way car."
The interior and exterior of the caboose are nearly original, despite having numerous coats of peeling paint. The only additions and changes to the caboose are the addition of a toilet and electricity and replacement of the wooden tool/storage box beneath the caboose and replacement of the top rails on the cupola.
The caboose has been restored to its original 1927 appearance. Restoration of the interior and exterior of the caboose is nearly complete, with only the details remaining to be added.
WE NEED TRUCKS, WHEELS, TRACKS AND RAILROAD TIES TO MAKE THE CABOOSE RESTORATION COMPLETE.
The Sealy Area Historical Society Dinner was held in November, 2010. Members Sylvia and Mark Boles prepared the dinner that was served by candlelight at the home of members Nancy Naron and Dennis Holder. Five new members joined SAHS this year and all of the new members attended the Membership Dinner.
Christmas Homes Tour
The SAHS sponsored the Christmas Homes Tour held in conjunction with the Fantasy of LIghts for the second time in 2010. Four decorated homes and the St. John's Episcopal Church were on the tour. All of the participants did a wonderful job of decorating their homes.
Fantasy of Trees 2011
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Sealy Area Historical Society hosted a Fantasy of Trees at the Liedertafel on Saturday,
December 3 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday, December 4, 2012 from Noon until 4:00 PM in conjunction with the Fantasy of Lights.
A display of Christmas trees sporting a variety of themes created a true Fantasy of Trees.
Annual Dinner Held Friday December 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Liedertafel
The Annual Membership Dinner was held Friday, December 2, 2011 at the Liedertafel the evening before the Fantasy of Trees opened to the public. The dinner participants dined among the beautifully decorated trees and had a very enjoyable evening. The dinner speaker was Matt Synatschk with the Texas Historical Commission. Mr. Synatschk spoke about how to establish historic districts and their importance to the community.
Restoration of Museum and Exhibits
Significant restoration has been accomplished at the Santa Fe Museum over the past few years.
New Kitchen & Deck
A new kitchen and deck were built at the rear of the museum in 2018. Great addition for our events.
New Replica Windows
The museum received new "old" windows built as exact replicas of the original windows from 1900. Funding for the new windows was provided by the Hotel Occupancy Tax funds administered by the City of Sealy.
Central Heat & Air
The museum has been fully air-conditioned, and spray foam was installed in the attic and below the floor. Funds for the air conditioning and insulation of the main museum building were provided by the Abe and Irene Levine Trust.
1927 Caboose Restored
The 1927 Caboose has new windows and has been restored inside and out.The caboose was manufactured in 1927 and is one of the first 150 steel cabooses manufactured for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Railroad companies refer to a caboose as a "way car."
The interior and exterior of the caboose are nearly original. The only additions and changes to the caboose are the addition of a toilet and electricity and replacement of the wooden tool/storage box beneath the caboose and replacement of the top rails on the cupola.
In 2011, the exterior and interior of the caboose were restored to their original appearance, down to repainting the number “1605” and “AT&SF” on the sides in the original size and font. Documentation of the original colors for the interior and exterior were obtained, allowing the Sealy Area Historical Society to turn back the clock for the caboose.
Much of the funding for restoration of the caboose was provided by the Abe and Irene Levine Trust. Replacing the old windows was one of the final steps in the complete restoration of the caboose.
WE NEED TRUCKS, WHEELS, TRACKS AND RAILROAD TIES TO MAKE THE CABOOSE RESTORATION COMPLETE.
Charlie Krumpitz and Denis Muras replaced the deteriorated windows in the caboose. Mr. Krumpitz and Mr. Muras have paid for the construction materials to re-build the windows and have donated their labor.
2013 Spring Picnic
In 2013 the Sealy Area Historical Society held its third Spring Picnic on April 13.
Highlights of the 2013 Spring Picnic include:
A Vintage Style Show spanning from the 1880s through the 1960s included some beautiful and interesting old clothing. The skirts got shorter and shorter!
An exhibit of antique toys and dolls was on display in the Santa Fe Museum. Old restored photos from Sealy's past were available for viewing and for sale. DVDs of the photos set to music are available for $5.00.
Games of yesteryear were participated in by many--the egg tosses are always very popular.
Civil War era military camps were in place for three days and two nights. The cannons drew attention from people all over town.
2011 Spring Picnic
The Sealy Area Historical Society held its first old an old-fashioned style Spring Picnic on April 2, 2011 on the grounds of the Santa Fe Museum located at Silliman and East Main in Sealy, Texas.
The Picnic was a great success. We hosted numerous games from the past, had a marionette show of Hansel & Gretel, a magic show, a performance by a dulcimer group, and, of course, the Antique Car, Tractor & Buggy Parade.
A quilt exhibit was held in the Liedertafel In conjunction with the first Spring Picnic.
2013 Ghost Tour
In 2013 the Sealy Area Historical Society held the first ever Ghost Tour in Sealy on the Saturday before Halloween.
Five downtown buildings and the Santa Fe Museum buildings were on the tour. Tour guides were dressed in period attire and portrayed the spirits of early Sealy residents and business owners. Tour goers heard about the ghost sightings and shenanigans in each building highlighted on the tour in addition to hearing about the history of the buildings and the families who owned the early businesses in downtown Sealy.
Members of the Houston Ghost Town and Paranormal Investigations group were on hand to explain the differences between the types of spiritual activity people have experienced in downton Sealy. The ghost investigators accompanied tour goers along the tour route and took "readings" of ghost activity. The ghost investigators also set up recording equipment in Ann's Resale Shop on Front Street and recorded several ghostly manifestations.
Civil War Savannah
Dinner with Authors Barry Sheehy and Cindy Wallace
Author Barry Sheehy and Historical Photographer Cindy Wallace presented their newly released book Civil War Savannah to members and the public on September 12, 2012. Hor d’oeuvres and dinner were served. The event was co-sponsored by the Sealy Area Historical Society and the Friends of the Gordon Memorial Library.
The event was held at the Liedertafel and was well attended. For more information visit www.civilwarsavannah.org.
Denis Muras working on the old 1927 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe waycar (caboose).
1920s Fashion Show
A Fashion Show was held in conjunction with the 2016 Spring Picnic held at the Liedertafel on the second weekend in April. Many volunteers were involved in this effort, including models, hairdressers, makeup artists, and those working behind the scenes to secure period clothing, and to serve food and drinks.
Enjoy some of the photos from the show! Click to scroll and enlarge.
2017 Ghost Tour
The Ghost Tour in 2017 included a particularly interesting site, the old Sealy Rice Mill, a building that has been closed since the 1980s. The mill has been undergoing renovations, but is almost entirely original to its first use as a rice drying and processing facility.
Paranormal investigator Peter Haviland and psychic Diane Gremmel joined us to help explain the ghostly phenomena associated with the rice mill and other downtown buildings.