Sam Houston’s cane on display

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A cane owned by Sam Houston will be featured in the exhibit “Walking Sticks: Fashion and Function” at the Heritage Society Museum in Sam Houston Park in Houston from March 1 – May 29. The museum and historic structures are open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. and museum admission is free.

“The canes range from those with significant local and national provenance to highly stylized made from exotic materials,” said Debbie Palin, associate director for the organization. They include canes owned by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Henry Harrison and a cane presented by President Andrew Jackson to Mr. John Breathitt, governor of Kentucky. Sam Houston’s cane that will be presented has been passed down through his family from generation to generation.

“The walking cane has long been a part of the imagery and culture of human history,” said Palin. A cane has been depicted in the hands of Greek Gods, buried in the tomb of Tutankhamen, and thrown down before the Pharaoh by Moses only to magically turn into a snake. Although the depiction of the walking cane has changed over time, it is generally associated with authority and social status. Often a blend of fashion and function with elaborate carvings and decorations, this collection of canes will surely be remembered and enjoyed by all.

The Heritage Society Museum is located at 1100 Bagby in Sam Houston Park.

For more information, visit www.heritagesociety.org or call (713) 655-1912.

According to their Web site, “The Heritage Society is a non-profit organization [founded in 1954] which strives to preserve the complete history of the community and region through preservation and restoration of historic structures, exhibition of historic artifacts, and presentation of educational programs focusing on Houston and Harris County’s past and its relationship to the present and future.”