The Cypress Historical Society (CHS) was the evolution of a core group of volunteers who helped Commissioner Steve Radack prepare Cypress Top Historic Park for its opening in November 2008. This intrepid group of volunteers was led by Diane Neff and Debbie Ward. They were joined by other key people, including Helen Callender, Joyce Kleb, Jane Ledbetter, Marcia Mackey, Becky Martin, Karen McGilvery, Darline Roth, and Terri and Jim Sigmund. Many other lifelong Cypress residents as well as newcomers joined the society.
CHS has collected family histories and artifacts from the greater Cypress area far beyond the scope of Cypress Top Historic Park. Cypress dates back to the Texas Republic era and has grown into a major population center within the Greater Houston area. CHS members are a treasure trove of information about this dynamic community.
Among the Society’s collected treasures are recorded interviews with long-time residents. They have family genealogies for more than 100 local families. Their displays include a scrapbook collection donated by a lifelong area resident who catalogued newspaper clippings about Cypress from 1934-1980. CHS also archived the Cy-Fair school district scrapbooks, which the district discarded a few years ago. They have some interesting railroad items, including a railroad safe and a 1917 Texas Central & Houston Railroad Route wall map.
The annual meeting of CHS will be October 8, 2016. Each year the meeting contains a special presentation. Last year, Jim Sigmund presented the History of Hot Wells. The carefully documented program featured early 20th century photos, newspaper clippings and other documents. Following the program, several men who had worked at Hot Wells as young boys reminisced about their experiences more than 50 years earlier. In programs like these, CHS brings history to life and helps us all appreciate and understand Cypress’ past. The group produces an annual calendar that features photos of many old scenes from the Cypress area that is available for purchase at their office beginning in October of each year. If you would like people to know you are from Cypress, they also sell CHS T-shirts and baseball caps. I hope you will visit CHS on your next trip to the area.
To purchase CHS items and to learn more about the history of Cypress and Texas, visit Commissioner Steve Radack’s Cypress Top Historic Park at 26026 Old Hempstead Highway, which is open daily from dawn to 7 p.m. The museum buildings are open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To arrange a special tour, contact the park at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-357-5324. The park is home to the Cypress Historical Society, which is housed in the yellow train depot in the back of the park. The Society’s hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. The Society offers genealogy and historical information for the Greater Cypress area. You can contact them at email@example.com or 281-758-0083.
If you have questions or comments about this article, contact Fred Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical facts courtesy of Cypress Top Historic Park Collection & Cypress Historical Society: Preserving Cypress History for Posterity.