Fort Bend Museum to Present Brazos Cultural Heritage Festival

Fort Bend Museum to Present Brazos Cultural Heritage Festival

Fort Bend Museum

500 Houston Street

Richmond, Texas 77469


January 17, 2017 / Media Contact: Jennifer Farrell

fort bend museum to present brazos cultural heritage festival,

a free family event celebrating fort bend county’s diversity

Richmond – On Saturday, March 4, the Fort Bend Museum will present the first annual Brazos Cultural Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Decker Park in Richmond.

The festival is a new outreach event created to spotlight the many cultures that make up Fort Bend County – one of the most ethnically-diverse counties in the United States! Families will be able to learn cultural dances, see and participate in heritage crafts, learn about important figures in Fort Bend County history and enjoy traditional music.

“We are really excited to bring the community together to educate children and adults about elements of their culture, as well as showcase those who have helped to make Fort Bend County one of the best places in live in the county – especially those whose stories have not been told as often up to this point,” said event chair Keely Knipling. “We hope that everyone from all walks of life will come out and learn something about the many cultures that helped to found Fort Bend County.”

Food trucks offering a variety of lunch options will also be at the event; a few of the participating heritage groups include the Czech Heritage Society of Texas, the Fort Bend County Heritage Society, the Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum, the Jewish Heritage Society and the German-Texas Heritage Society. Performances by the Fort Bend Academy of Arts and Dance and the Alice Nealie Junior Dance Company are also scheduled throughout the day.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Decker Park is located at 501 Preston Street in Richmond. The property, which includes two historic homes and the 1901 Richmond Depot, is only opened to the public for special events.

For more information about the event, or if you would like to participate as a heritage group or performer, please contact Allison Harrell at or 281-342-6478. You can also visit for more information.


The Fort Bend Museum is located at 500 Houston Street in Richmond. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (62+) and $3 for children ages five to 15. Operating hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum was opened in 1972 and is located on the grounds of the 1883 John and Lottie Moore Home. The property also includes the 1850s Long-Smith Cottage, a home that was built on land owned by Jane Long, the “Mother of Texas.” Historic home tours take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. For more information, call 281-342-6478 or visit


The Fort Bend Museum is owned and operated by the Fort Bend County Museum Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Museum Association, which was chartered in 1967 with the mission of preserving and sharing Fort Bend County’s rich cultural history, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. The Museum Association also manages the programs at the George Ranch Historical Park and DeWalt Heritage Center. For more information about the Association, please call 281-342-1256.