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Tuesday October 23, 2018 - Bus trip to Galveston, Texas. The Railroad Museum and lunch in a historic home on Broadway. Cost $22, including lunch.

Upcoming Events





Monthly Dinners

Monthly Dinner with Friends

International Archaeology Day

International Archaeology Day

Informative Lectures

The Friends of Archaeology lecture series is the main focus of our organization. Through our lecture series we bring you expert scientists and explorers to share their experiences and inform us of new discoveries in archaeological research. Our lectures are free and open to the public.

Our first lecture of the season, Lecture No. 1, will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, in Anderson Hall, Room 103. The subject of the lecture will be: The Nature of the Human Mind and How It Evolved, and the lecturer will be Dr. Kathleen R. Gibson, Professor Emerita of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas-Houston Dental School, Department of Orthodontics. Her research interests focus on the evolution of primate and human brains, cognition and language. She has been widely published and has held visiting professional positions at Rice, Oxford, and Cambridge Universities. Coffee and tea will be served at 4:30 p.m. and desserts will follow after the lecture.

Lecture No. 2 will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, with the room number to be announced. Subject of the lecture will be Facial Reconstructions on Skulls. The presenter will be Amanda Danning, a forensic sculptor who has gained international recognition. Her facial reconstructions have been the subject of a number of museum exhibits and various television specials. Amanda speaks professionally throughout Texas on the historical figures who are the subjects of her forensic work and on the subject of sculpture.


Our monthly Symposium offers opportunities for members to share their experiences and knowledge on favorite subjects, or simply come and learn from others. The Symposium is held on the first Tuesday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer at Weslayan 77027. The Community Room is on the second floor overlooking the flower market. Stairs and elevator are near the Community Room’s north entrance close to the dining area. Room opens at 9:30 a.m., and presentations begin at 10:00 a.m..

The Symposium is a group of interested and interesting members and guests who enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiences with others on a variety of subjects. Presentation and Q. & A. time is approximately one hour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Symposium fall schedule will include:

October 2 Kathleen will review “Double Vision,” the recently released biography of Dominique and John D. Menil. The book reveals their family history and how they influenced art and culture in Houston.

November 6 Dr. Robert Galloway makes a return visit for an insightful review of the highlights of his book, “Anyone Can Do It. The Energy Matrix and Tong Ren," the story of his introduction to energy healing. He will include: meditation, energy healing, acupuncture, the autonomic nervous system, and with references to China.

December 4 Open Forum-Round Table Discussion. Everyone will have an opportunity to participate by introducing an interesting subject or enticing conversation.

Monthly Dinner with Friends

Our monthly Dinners with Friends welcome all to come dine and visit at a different restaurant each month.

Our Sunday dinners are generally held on a Sunday near the middle of the month at 5:00 p.m. Names of restaurants to be announced about one week in advance. Our next dinners will be held on Sunday September 16, Sunday October 14 and Sunday November 11.

Day Trips

Our day trips take us to near-by points of interest and are guided by expert docents.

Our first fall bus trip will be on Tuesday October 23, 2018 to Galveston, Texas, when we will visit the Galveston Railroad Museum, which has one of the largest restored railroad collections in the southwest, including some lavishly restored. We will then have lunch at a member’s historic home on Broadway. There is a limit of 26 guests. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. Cost of the trip is $22, including lunch. Payment may be made using PayPal at the top of this web page.

Annual Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 2 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the same location as last year. Save the date!

International Archaeology Day

International Archaeology Day will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 555 Herman Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030. The Friends will have a table of displays where our members can talk to visitors about our organization.

Travel with the Friends - Trip to Greek Islands in 2019

Over the last 25 plus years, the Friends have taken over 40 archaeological adventures across the states and around the world. Great fellowship and memories have been created. Come join us. Your suggestions as to travel destinations are always welcomed. So far this year the Friends have taken wonderful trips to Guatemala, Greece and Cyprus.

The Friends are now planning an April 2019 trip to the Greek Islands. The itinerary will include Crete, Santorini, and Naxos. There will be an optional extension to a fourth island. A couple of the high points of our journey will be Knossos on Crete and Akrotiri on Santorini. There will be additional information as plans develop.

Houston Archeological Society

We share our activities with our friends at the Houston Archeological Society (HAS), another organization that promotes the love of archaeology, especially the South Texas Gulf Coast, through field work, lectures, and laboratory analysis. For more information on this group visit their website at

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