Historical Holiday Weekend in Houston Receives Grant

New Historical Holiday Weekend Encourages Visitors to Tour, Touch and Live Houston’s Storied Past

Houston/ Texas/USA —- Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Historical re-enactors stroll the park at the Candlelight Tour

A new Historical Holiday Weekend event in Houston will give historians and preservation enthusiasts a reason to visit Houston and a chance to relive the city’s storied past thanks to Houston First Corporation for awarding $12,500 to The Heritage Society (THS), Houston’s only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park.

The Houston First award will support marketing efforts to promote THS’s first Historical Holiday Weekend event in Houston that will unveil the city’s hidden gems and traditions. Through this fun-filled, cultural journey, HouHistorical re-enactors stroll the park at the Candlelight Tourston visitors will experience a restored collection of historically significant homes, churches reflecting religious architecture and more. This history-rich, holiday event within minutes to Houston’s landmark pubs is scheduled for December 10 through December 11, 2016.

“Houston’s tourist attractions remain a best kept secret,” said Jorge Franz, Senior Vice President of Tourism for Visit Houston. To overcome this, Houston First Corporation and Visit Houston have committed to grow Houston tourism from 15 million to 20 million by 2018. Within this sector, tourism partners are encouraged to collaborate and create group packages such as the Historical Holiday Weekend event that will stimulate Houston tourism.

“We are honored to receive a Houston First matching grant award for the first Historical Holiday Weekend event in Houston,“ said Alice Collette, executive director for THS. ”Every dollar allocated to the Historical Holiday Weekend will be matched, giving us a greater opportunity to extend our reach beyond Houston.” In addition, working with our partners – Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Bayou Bend Collection and Garden, and Houston Historical Tours – give each of us an opportunity to leverage resources and offer guests visiting Houston and our holiday weekend event exceptional value as they tour, touch and live another era this holiday season”

During this inaugural year, Houston First Corporation and Visit Houston awarded $250,000 in grant funding to 14 non-profit organizations to promote their events, including Historical Holiday Weekend event in Houston.

To learn more about this Historical Holiday Weekend event or how you can make a donation to THS, please visit http://www.heritagesociety.org