The Friends of Winedale

Tricia Blakistone, Winedale site manager, Friends of Winedale Board members Jan Hughes, Ginny Elverson Welch, Mary Belle Rogers, and Paulina van Bavel Kearney thanking outgoing board member Mary Belle Rogers for her years of service at the holiday decorating event in December 2019.

The Friends of Winedale mission is to provide financial and volunteer resources to support the preservation of Winedale   and its use for public programs, teaching and research.


1) to develop funding for the rehabilitation,  restoration, preservation, and responsible maintenance of the Winedale collections, buildings, and grounds.

2) to support financial and volunteer resources for a variety of educational programs produced by Winedale for students, scholars, and the general public such as docent guided tours, class field experiences, symposia, conferences, concerts, exhibits , scholars-in-residence, research projects based on the collections and/or historical buildings, internships in a variety of disciplines, and other activities that use Winedale resources for teaching and research.

3) to support use of the Winedale collections, buildings and grounds to enhance understanding of the cultural achievements and contributions of the many ethnic groups active in nineteenth century Texas.

4) to develop an active base of volunteers to serve as docents and to assist the Winedale professional staff  with programs and projects.

2020 Board of Directors

Sue Foster, President
Jan Hughes, Vice-President
Paulina Van Bavel Kearney, Secretary
Ed Ellis, Jr., Treasurer
Gloria J. Hickey, Historian
Linda Plant, Past President

David Collins
Suzanne Ellis
Babette Hale
Russell Miller
Carolyn Oevermann
Jim Wagner
Virginia Waldvogel
Ginny Elverson Welch

Advisory Board

JoAnn and Jim (Doc) Ayres
Wayne Bell
Henk Bergen
Debbie Gummelt Byrd
Libby Cagle and Lauren Taft   
Anne and Tom Conner
Flo Crady
John W. Crain
Julie and Markley Crosswell
Rowena Dasch
Janie and Dick DeGuerin             
Laura Dillingham
Jancy and Don Ervin
Leon Hale
Ken Hafertepe
Kay and Charlie Handley
Carolyn and Matt Henneman
Beverly and Tommy Jacomini
James C. Kearney

Sherry Kempner
Kate Kirkland
Linda and Gil Lamb
Harriet Latimer
Angelia Perez Marquez
Kathy and Harry Masterson
Libbie Masterson                       
Lee McMurtry
Ruth Meier
Charlotte Meyer
Barry Moore
Ken Page
Cinda and Armando Palacios
Kate and David Searls
Tye and Philip Taft                        
Karen Vernon
David B. Warren
William C. Welch

Miss Ima Hogg

Courtesy of the Briscoe Center for American History

Ima Hogg (1882-1975), daughter of Texas governor James Stephen Hogg, attended The University of Texas, where she developed lifelong interests in education, psychology, politics, music, and art. The Hogg family cultivated public service, and when oil discoveries made them rich, they devoted their newfound wealth to philanthropy, collecting, and historical preservation. Miss Ima’s brother Will C. Hogg, a UT law graduate and Regent, left the bulk of his estate to the University upon his death in 1930. The Hogg family’s long devotion to public service and its strong ties to the University of Texas led Miss Hogg to donate the Winedale property to her alma mater. When Miss Ima acquired the Wagner House in Winedale in the early 1960s, she began to plan for its donation to the University of Texas. As she worked with the University to restore the property, Ima Hogg’s vision for Winedale evolved from its being simply a place to showcase her collections to Winedale as a fully conceived outdoor museum and historical center. The University received the Winedale property in formal ceremonies in 1967.

Miss Ima Hogg with Mr. Wayne Bell, Director of Winedale for 30 years

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