Organized by partnership between Heart of Texas Tours and Dr. Karen Pope of Art inSight, Friends of the Neill-Cochran House study tours, focusing on historic house museums and important historic sites, offer comfortable hotels, chartered transportation and thoughtfully scheduled visits to explore the richness of America’s great historic cities, emphasizing the challenges and rewards of historic preservation. Watch this page or stay up to date with our newsletter for upcoming trips!
Taking in History in Good Company
Upcoming Friends Trips
May 14-19, 2018 – Great Houses of the Hudson River
Taking our start in Manhattan, we will work our way up the Hudson river and through time, visiting sites including the Vanderbilt Mansion (1895), the Albany Institute of History & Art (1791; oldest museum in the US), the FDR Presidential Library & Museum, West Point (1802), the Morris-Jumel Mansion (1765; New York City’s oldest house), and the Gracie Mansion (1799).
March 20, 2018 – Step into Texas History: Washington-on-the-Brazos
Join us for a day-trip to Washington-on-the-Brazos, the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Texas in March of 1836 (on March 2nd and March 17th, respectively). On our itinerary will include the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and the Barrington Living History Farm. Participants have the option of traveling by coach from Austin or arranging for their own travel from Houston.
June 25-30th, 2017 – Granite & Green Mountains: American Art and History Up East
The granite of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont embraced an impressive range of artistry around the turn of the 20th century, including poets Robert Frost and E E Cummings; painters Winslow Homer and Maxfield Parrish; and America’s foremost sculptor in this period, Augustus St Gaudens, who anchored an artists’ colony at Cornish. Our 13th study tour embraces sites from the Georgian era through the mid 20th century.
April 28th, 2016: Art inSight, Fort Worth, Thomas Hart Benton, and “American Epics”
Join us for a unique opportunity to view and discuss the first major exhibition in more than 25 years to feature the life and works of the renowned American painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889 – 1975), “American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.” Benton’s awareness that movies were the best and most popular means of telling American tales inspired a signature artistic style that melded centuries-old traditions with movie-production techniques to create images that appealed to a broad range of Americans.
March 2016: Houston and the River Oaks garden Club’s Azalea Trail
Welcome the incomparable Texas springtime with a day trip to consider the gardens of the ROGC’s Azalea Trail, MFAH’s Bayou Bend and Rienzi Collections, together with Lunch at Houston Classic Ouisie’s Table, and a private reception at NSCDA-TX President Dorothy Knox Houghton’s residence. Please join us in exploring some of Houston’s important cultural landmarks!
September 2016: Northwest Passage: Portland, the Columbia, and the Landscape of Lewis & Clark
Join us on our 12th study tour, in which we turn our attention to the rich heritage of the American Pacific Northwest. Including day trips to Astoria, Vancouver, WA, and Multnomah Falls, as well as an extensive exploration of Portland, the historical, architectural, and horticultural sights make this trip an incomparable sampler of the region’s past and present.
May 2015: What was it like to be a middle-class, German-American farm woman in Winedale, Texas, in the 1800s?
How did German immigrants maintain their cultural identity in their new role as Texans and Americans? At Winedale, as at other outdoor museums, preservationists and historians are addressing broader issues and asking new questions about the buildings, their furnishings, and the daily lives of the people who lived in them. We invite you to join us in exploring this unique Central Texas Landmark!