Miss Ima Hogg

Courtesy of the Brisco 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.

Ima Hogg and and Wayne Bell stand in front of the Winedale Inn circa 1961-1967. Photo courtesy of the Brisco Center for American History.

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