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Storybook Time
Dec 8, 2021 11:00AM

By Reservation: Storybook Time (pre-K and Kindergarten)

Join the Historic Odessa Foundation as we read excerpts from Little Women. Then, see the story come to life as we tour our holiday exhibit after decorating delicious holiday cookies.

Christmas in Odessa
Dec 4, 2021 10:00AM to 5:00PM

HOF Participates in "Christmas in Odessa"

The first "Christmas in Odessa" took place 57 years ago as a fundraiser for the Women's Club of Odessa. The purpose was to fund college scholarships for local high school seniors. With the help and cooperation of Odessa homeowners and the Historic Odessa Foundation, the Women’s Club of Odessa has provided scholarships to over 100 students.

Nov 6, 2021 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Let's Explore Mr. Corbit's Tannery - SOLD OUT!

Sign a contract and become an apprentice in Mr. Corbit’s tannery.  Learn about the “art and mystery” of the tanning trade. 

Oct 13, 2021 9:00AM

Fall Homeschool Day

Join us for a school tour sampler designed just for homeschoolers.  Take your family back in time to explore the 18th century in colonial Odessa.  Our site offers a unique and well-documented picture of early American life in our interactive, hands-on educational workshops.

Storybook Trees
Sep 17, 2021 10:00AM to Nov 5, 2021 5:00PM

2021 Storybook Trees Registration Ends November 5th

The Historic Odessa Foundation celebrates children’s literature and a love of reading by showcasing holiday trees decorated by community and school groups in the National Historic Register Corbit-Sharp House.  The exhibit will run from November 16th through December 30th and will be open as part of “Christmas in Odessa” on December 4, 2021.  Storybook Trees registration form goes out to former participants and local schools/daycares and youth groups.  Forms will also be available to the general public at the HOF Visitors Center and on the HOF website.

Oct 9, 2021 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Saturdays at the Hearth: Autumn's Bounty

Bring the whole family and explore the role of children in the colonial kitchen and garden.

Sep 11, 2021 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Saturdays at the Hearth: From the Larder

Bring the whole family and explore the role of children in the colonial kitchen and garden.

Jul 18, 2021 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Talks on the Terrace: Hale-Byrnes House

Please join HOF Education Curator at the Hale-Byrnes House for an afternoon lecture, History in your Backyard.

Jun 19, 2021 10:00AM to 4:00PM

HOF Celebrates Juneteenth

The Historic Odessa Foundation recognizes Juneteenth, the traditional celebration dating to 1865 commemorating the end of slavery in America. Tours of the National Park Service Network to Freedom exhibit: “Freedom Seekers: the Odessa Story” will be offered free of charge and open to the public..

May 8, 2021 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Saturdays at the Hearth: Spring is Here!

Bring the whole family and explore the role of children in the colonial kitchen and garden.

Feb 1, 2021 10:00AM to Feb 28, 2021 4:00PM

Black History Month

Historic Odessa Foundation school program partners with Cedar Lane Elementary School in presenting a school-wide assembly, “Slavery and the Underground Railroad:  History in Your Own Backyard”. This program will be presented on video and will be available on Zoom during the month of February to all teachers for their use in the classroom.

Mar 11, 2021 10:00AM to 4:30PM

HOF Celebrates Harriet Tubman Day

Celebrate Harriet Tubman Day by visiting our National Park Service Network to Freedom exhibit, “Freedom Seekers: the Odessa Story”.  Muskrat Skinning Shed will be open to the public for self-guided tour of “Freedom Seekers: the Odessa Story” exhibit.