The World War I Home Front: Orange Goes Over the Top

A new exhibit at The W.H. Stark House entitled The World War I Home Front: Orange Goes Over the Top tells the story of how the Starks and the local community worked in home front efforts during World War I. This special Tower Room exhibit, the last stop on a regular tour, offers a glimpse into local life at a unique and historic moment. This exhibit will be on view from Saturday, April 8, 2017 until Saturday, July 14, 2018.
The exhibit explores how the Starks and the town of Orange supported war time activities. Almost everyone in Orange, from the Starks to their relatives, servants, and employees played an active role. Come hear stories of those who joined the military, passed out orchids to troops, knit for the Red Cross, fulfilled government contracts, and more.
The exhibit space is divided into seven sections covering specific themes: Introduction, Red Cross, The Orchid Lady (Frances Ann Lutcher), Industry, Soldiers, and Belgian Relief.
Interactive spaces include the Turret area with a sound board that will play songs popular during the war and in the center of the room guests can see a large map and can stick blue and gold stars down where family members have served or given their lives in military service.
Included with general admission. Members free.
 

Living Legacy

Get active and give back! Discover the many ways the W.H. Stark family was active and involved in their community in the new exhibit in the adjacent Carriage House, Living Legacy. Featuring many touching stories of how the W.H. Stark family helped those in their community and never before exhibited objects from the Collection of The W.H. Stark House, Living Legacy will inspire you to get involved.
Share your stories of community service by posting to our Padlet wall at padlet.com/whstarkhouse/livinglegacy
Included with general admission. Members free.

Past Exhibits

Preserving the Past

An exhibit at The W.H. Stark House on view March 29, 2016 through March 11, 2017, Preserving the Past, celebrates caring for the past by preserving family treasures. The Tower Room on the third floor of the Stark House is used as the exhibit space, and features a hands-on interactive area. The exhibit is the last stop on the regular tour, giving visitors a special experience in the historic setting.
The exhibit space is divided into two areas covering four themes: textiles, books, papers and photographs, and glass and ceramics, and this space gives visitors the opportunity to look out from the turret area, which boasts a 180 degree view of downtown Orange, Texas.
This thematic exhibition explores how the Stark House collection came to be, with stories of the W.H. Stark family’s love of collecting and moments from their everyday lives. Rarely seen objects from the collection have been pulled from storage to be displayed in this special exhibit. Preserving the Past also encourages visitors to preserve their own past with information and resources about caring for family treasures.
Included with general admission. Members free.
 

To Have and To Hold

A new exhibition at The W.H. Stark House, To Have and To Hold, celebrates the classic love story of Miriam Lutcher and W.H. Stark. The Tower Room of the Stark House is used as the exhibit space, with an interactive area in the turret. The exhibition is the last stop on the regular tour, giving visitors an extraordinary experience in the historic setting.
This thematic exhibition explores weddings and anniversaries in the late 1800s and early 1900s using the experiences of the W.H. Stark family. From their December 1881 wedding to their 1931 golden anniversary party, the exhibition features rarely displayed objects from the Stark House collection and historic photographs and documents. Highlighted in the exhibition center is Miriam Lutcher Stark’s lace Wedding Dress. To Have and To Hold offers visitors a never-before-seen 360 degree view of this spectacular object.
On view from Saturday, December 5, 2015 through Saturday, March 5, 2016.