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Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Tarrytown

Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Tarrytown

Inherit Austin, a membership arm of the Heritage Society of Austin, is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the historic Laguna Gloria at the Austin Museum of Art. The beautiful grounds of Laguna Gloria, located deep in the heart of West Austin at 3809 West 35th Street, have been the site of numerous and well-loved festivals for decades, and this event is sure to please the entire family! Bring the kids and the camera to Laguna Gloria on April 3rd at 9:30 a.m. for egg hunts, train rides, clowns and photos with the Easter Bunny! Admission is $10 per child, adults are free and the event will be held rain or shine.

For over 50 years, the Heritage Society has been the grandmother of all things historic for Austinites. Featured events throughout the year include the annual Heritage Homes Tour, support of Pioneer Farms, the Preservation Awards Ceremony, and a number of classes and events to increase participation and education regarding the heritage and historic treasures in Austin thanks to Bill Austin the education expert. If you love preserving history, studying architecture, or just like to visit historic homes in Austin, membership in the Society might just be the thing for you.

Founded by the Heritage Society with the purpose of grooming the next generation of preservationists, Inherit Austin is a group of younger Austinites who hold their own events at local historic landmarks in an effort to increase awareness of our history, unique architecture and preservation issues. If you think you might be a little past the ‘young’ generation, why not consider being a member of the Heritage Society of Austin? Meet neighbors, have fun and make a difference in your home town….whether you just moved to Austin, or you’ve lived here all your life….the Heritage Society offers something for the entire family.

Old West Austin Home

Old West Austin Home

And while we’re on the subject of the Heritage Society events, I’d like to remind everyone that the 18th Annual Heritage Homes Tour is coming May 22, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mark your calendars! Last year’s event was so spectacular, I wish everyone could have been there. Focused on the Old West Austin/Clarksville neighborhood just west of Lamar between West 6th and Enfield Road, the event showcased the Jewels of Castle Hill. That area is a glorious one for historic homes in Clarksville and if you haven’t driven though there, you can’t envision the stately Victorian mansions that cluster around 9th, 10th and Blanco streets. If you’d like to see photos, check out my Clarksville page on my web site. I lived in Clarksville for the first five years of my life in Austin in the early 1970s and it’s wonderful to see how the neighborhood has continued to take such great care of their historic homes. This years’ tour location hasn’t been announced, but I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I hear more.