Special Evening with Texas History at the historic San Jacinto Monument

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The San Jacinto Museum of History Association’s eleventh Special Evening with Texas History, on November 2, is sure to be memorable with Elizabeth and Steve Berry, who are being honored for their contributions to history through their History Matters Foundation.

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"We founded History Matters believing that our past is vital for our future. This is never more critical than after the devastation left by the recent hurricanes. Now, historic preservation is more important than ever. Why? Because history matters.” – Steve and Elizabeth Berry

The San Jacinto Museum of History Association’s eleventh Special Evening with Texas History, on November 2, is sure to be memorable with Elizabeth and Steve Berry, who are being honored for their contributions to history through their History Matters foundation.

The annual fundraising event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. includes a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres; presentation of the San Jacinto Star Award to Steve and Elizabeth Berry; recognition of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez and a salute to veterans; a gourmet seated dinner celebrating the 181st anniversary of Texas Independence; a special viewing of exhibits; and rides to the monument’s Observation Floor for a spectacular nighttime view of downtown Houston, the Ship Channel and the Battleship Texas.

The Berrys are being honored for their work with History Matters, a foundation they created dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009, the couple has traveled throughout the country to save endangered historic treasures—raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops.

The workshops are held for aspiring authors across the nation. All money raised from these writer workshops are donated to local history projects. So far, they have raised more than $1,000,000 for organizations like the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Lincoln Log Cabin, the Library of Virginia, the Mark Twain House & Museum, and dozens of other projects related to the heritage of the United States of America. Their devotion to historic preservation has been recognized by many organizations.

Along with History Matters, Elizabeth is the executive director of International Thriller Writers (ITW), a trade group of more than 4,000 international thriller writers. She is also co-founder of 1001 Dark Nights, a marketing company that works to brand authors and expand readership within the romance genre. She serves on the Education Committee for the Smithsonian Libraries Board.

Steve is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 11 Cotton Malone adventures and 4 stand-alone novels. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies in 51 countries. His books are thrillers that seamlessly weave together fact and fiction, history and the present. Before becoming an author, Berry was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of ITW and served three years as its co-president.

All funds raised from this event support conservation, exhibits, research, educational programs and the theatre of the San Jacinto Museum of History.

The Special Evening with Texas History takes place on Thursday, November 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Jacinto Museum and Monument, One Monument Circle, Houston, Texas.

Advance reservations are required and can be made by contacting Carolyn Campbell at the museum at 281-479-2421 or ccampbell(at)sanjacinto-museum(dot)org.

The San Jacinto Museum of History is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the purpose of which is to collect and preserve significant materials relating to the early history and culture of Texas, its constituent ethnic groups and the region, and promote the study of and appreciation for the role of Texas within American and world history through exhibits, publications and educational programs.

The museum places special significance on interpreting the Texas Revolution and the Battle of San Jacinto, the period of the Republic of Texas, and the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Park and associated sites.

Housed in the base of the San Jacinto Monument, the museum’s exhibits provide an overview of 400 years of Texas history, from the Spanish conquest through the beginning of the 20th century. Driven by its mission, the museum has acquired over 18,000 objects, 26,000 volumes and 160 linear feet of manuscript materials from Texas, New Spain, the United States and Mexico.

The San Jacinto Museum and Monument are located on the 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site near Houston in the Pasadena/Deer Park/La Porte area. For more information, visit http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org.

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