Category Archives: Museums

Grapevine Historical Museum Reopens

The Grapevine Historical Museum, located in the replica Grapevine Ice House Co. building at the Settlement to City Museums, will reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021. The museum tells the history of agriculture, commerce, childhood and other aspects of life and culture of early residents of the Grape Vine Prairie. Learn how life on this prairie connects to the larger story of settling Texas. The museum will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The front exterior of the museum with its wooden slats, white paint and large block letters replicates the appearance of the Grapevine Ice Company, originally built in 1940. For more than 30 years, the company provided ice to Dallas, Tarrant and Denton county customers to help them keep everything from food and milk to diabetic insulin cool.  For sweet summer treats, the ice was often used to make hand-cranked ice cream.

Once inside the museum, visitors will learn about ice manufacturing, farm and dairy processes and other aspects of daily life on the 19th century Grape Vine Prairie.  Wander through Grapevine’s attic, packed with historic artifacts. See how children on the prairie played through the displays of dolls, doll houses and other toys. Peruse restored wedding gowns from brides of days gone by as well as many other treasures. Travel further into the area’s history with the prehistoric artifacts exhibit which features fossils of dinosaurs who once roamed the area. Each of the museum’s artifacts was received from Grapevine-area residents.

The museum is organized by the Grapevine Historical Society which was chartered by the State of Texas in 1974 for the purpose of promoting an appreciation of history, the natural and social sciences and to preserve the history of Grapevine.  

About Grapevine, Texas 

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries and bistros and cafes. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class shopping and much more. For more information, visit

Grapevine’s IPAT Porcelain Museum Receives Significant Donation

Acclaimed fine porcelain artist Carolyn Barlock is donating her artwork “Beauty and Grace” to the International Porcelain Artists and Teachers, Inc. (IPAT) Museum of Porcelain Art on June 23 at 11 a.m. (204 E. Franklin Street). The work consists of three pieces, painted in vibrant colors using the centuries-old luster technique and her own Florentine gold finish technique. The two smaller vases stand 12 inches tall and the centerpiece work stands 18 inches tall. Barlock said “Beauty and Grace,” characterized by its boldly colored water lilies and graceful swan accents, was named after Monet’s water lily works.

In addition to “Beauty and Grace,” many more of her other works will be on display, including Art Nouveau and Aztec-styled pieces. Barlock added that because she will be in Grapevine, there will be works with grapes as well.

During the June 23 event some of Barlock’s works, including jewelry and porcelain pieces, will also be available for purchase. One third of the proceeds from that sale will go to support IPAT,” Barlock said. 

Barlock’s work is characterized by the art of luster, created by suspending flecks of gold in the paint to give a work depth, and her uniquely crafted Florentine gold finish which is only achieved through many applications of 22 karat gold to a chiseled porcelain surface. Barlock said in college she had the luck to study with the understudy of renowned porcelain artist and painter Franz Albert Bischoff and that she learned a lot about art from that experience. Her one-of-a-kind, museum quality creations that exemplify her energy, passion and diversity of form. Barlock has exhibited her work in internationally renowned galleries and shows. She is currently represented by Columbine Gallery in Loveland, Colorado,

Barlock said she chose to donate to IPAT because of the museum’s recent recognition by the Grapevine Heritage Foundation and because of the work of board members Tana Parks and Susan Painter. This year, IPAT was awarded theGrapevine Heritage Foundation Advocacy Award for “Rehabilitation & Addition Project Award” for improvements made to the property while saving and maintaining the building’s original materials to maintain its history. She also said that the current

IPAT board’s hard work and dedication to grow the museum as a premier porcelain museum, in addition to work done by IPAT members and artists over the encouraged her to make the donation. She hopes her donation will leave an impact and a lasting legacy.

“I wanted my donation to help give them the wow factor,” she said. “I hope that my pieces will connect to collectors, will be timeless and will be cherished for years to come. Porcelain can last for centuries, and I hope mine is part of that lasting legacy.”

The Grapevine IPAT Museum of Porcelain Art is one of two porcelain museums in the United States and has existed for more than 50 years. The museum features porcelain art of various styles and techniques from around the globe and is home to the most complete collection of old masters’ artworks from anywhere in the world. 

Dallas Museum of Art offers cool summer entertainment

dma-logoReady to get out of the heat?The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive! Free general admission every day! (Open Tuesday – Sunday)

Summer programs for the kids are available!

Public Transit: If coming by DART Rail, disembark at the St. Paul station and walk north up Harwood Street to the Museum.

For more information, visit

Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony set for Dec. 5


55e883ab95977.imageTo remember the thousands of Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, and Civilians that died AND survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, the Texas Commandery of the Naval Order of the U.S. will hold its 30th annual commemoration ceremony on the deck of the Battleship USS Texas (BB-35) berthed at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site at 11:00 AM, December 5, 2015. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

The ceremony is open to the public and access to the USS Texas is free for the ceremony. The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is located at 3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte, 77571.

The keynote speaker will be Jill Allen. On December 7, 1941, Jill was 3 years old, and her father, Army Captain Loyd Jost, was a dentist at Tripler Hospital on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Captain Jost and other doctors, dentists, and nurses cared for hundreds of wounded men from the attack damaged ships at Pearl Harbor. Fortunately, none of her family was injured during the attack.

In addition to Texas Commandery Companions, other ceremony participants will be representatives from the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors who will read the names of survivors who have passed in the last two years and will assist in throwing a lei into the water as a memorial to the survivors and those who lost their lives; the Naval Sea Cadets; Sea Scouts; Civil Air Patrol Cadets; the South East Texas Patriot Guard Riders; the Invincible Eagle Band of Liberty, Texas; a Commemorative Air Force flyby (weather permitting); and, a U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard for a gun salute.

The Naval Order of the United States is the oldest American hereditary exclusively naval society. The mission of the Naval Order is to preserve, promote, celebrate, and enjoy our Nation’s sea service history and heritage through commemorating important historical events, supporting the study of naval history, and the preservation of sea service historical artifacts, documents, and monuments.

The early Sunday morning surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy served as the catalyst for the United States entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. Over 2,300 Americans were killed, and more than 1,200 were wounded when over 350 Japanese planes struck U.S. soil. A quote that is often attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, but never verified that he either said it or wrote it down, encapsulated the feelings and mood of the American people following the attack: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

This ceremony pays tribute to both those who perished and those who survived the horrendous attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago on December 7, 1941.

New Lone Star Flight Museum to Include High Tech Aviation Learning Center

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The Lone Star Flight Museum announced that it has entered into an agreement with The Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington to install an Aviation Learning Center (ALC) in the new $35 million museum. The ALC is a computer and simulator based facility that will be used to teach middle and high school students. The multi-room educational facility is used to introduce students to the concepts of aviation and the science, technology, engineering, and math critical to flight. The Lone Star Flight Museum will be partnering with the Texas-based aircraft company, Mooney International Inc. headquartered in Kerrville, Texas, which will provide the aircraft for the Center.

“We are pleased to partner with the Museum of Flight and Mooney International to bring this exciting educational tool to Texas,” said Scott Rozzell, Chairman of the Board, Lone Star Flight Museum. “Houston will be home to only the second ALC in the country.”

The Aviation Learning Center will provide an interactive learning environment for students in grades 5 – 12 focusing on aircraft identification, aerodynamics, traffic control, and more. It will be aligned with Texas academic standards in order to assist educators in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) project based curriculum.

“STEM education is an important part of the mission of the Lone Star Flight Museum,” said Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Director of the University of Houston’s STEM Center and Director/ Co-Chair of the Education Committee of Lone Star Flight Museum. “The ALC will allow the museum to expand its operations to meet the STEM needs of our next generation of youth in a fun and challenging way.”

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The new 130,000 square-foot Lone Star Flight Museum will be located on 13 acres at Ellington Airport. The museum will feature hangars full of vintage aircrafts as well as interactive, educational exhibits focusing on aviation history, science, technology, and more allowing visitors to explore and experience the history of Texas’ aviation heritage.

The Museum plans to open the new museum at Ellington in early 2017. Until then visitors are welcome at the existing facility at Galveston Scholes Field.

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