Shell Alumni Association

of Greater Houston

Houston Historic Sites


Join your Shell Alumni on a self-driving tour to learn more about Houston’s history on Saturday, October 2nd.  

At 10:00 AM, we will start the day at the historic Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washingon Street for a 90 minute private docent led tour by the Houston Preservation Society. Glenwood Cemetery is one of the most visited cemeteries in America and in 2021 is celebrating 150 years. Located near downtown Houston and Buffalo Bayou it is a surreal park like environment. In a city whose topography is fairly flat, the cemetery has rolling hills and beautiful trees. The lives of the men and women buried at beautiful Glenwood Cemetery tell the story of Houston as it grew from a frontier town into a bustling metropolis. This tour discusses the stories and legacies of Houstonians prominent after oil was discovered in Southeast Texas at the beginning of the 20th century, including oilmen R.L. Blaffer and Ross Sterling, who were among the founders of Humble Oil (later ExxonMobil); billionaire Howard Hughes; lumberman W.T. Carter; Texas Governor William P. Hobby; and Sarah Campbell Blaffer, the noted art collector and heiress of two oil fortunes. Note: the tour may involve walking on uneven ground and up and down steps. These tours are not entirely wheel friendly.

After the tour, participants will drive to the Original Ninfa’s Restaurant at 2704 Navigation for a "The 1973" meal of pulled brisket tamales with spinach & cheese enchiladas, rice and beans. Lunch is included in the ticket price.

And the last stop of the day will be at The Cistern located at 105 Sabine Street at 2:30 PM to learn about the architecture of this unique space and the history of Houston’s water system. This is an underground docent led tour of the historic water system. Check in at the Cistern History Tour at the Water Works Visitor Center. Masks are required to take this tour and children under 9 are not allowed

Parking at Glenwood Cemetery: Glenwood Cemetery is located at 2525 Washington Avenue between Sawyer and Studemont. After you turn in at the gate, you’ll pass a traffic island with a fountain and then will come to a fork in the road. Bear left at the fork and look for the docent who will be waiting to direct you to parking.

Parking at the Cistern: There is public parking at the Water Works and Eleanor Tinsley Park as well as along Allen Parkway, Memorial Drive and city streets surrounding Buffalo Bayou. They recommend using City Lot H (11643 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007) if parking becomes a challenge.

WHEN:        Saturday, October 2, 2021

PRICE:         $45 per person (payment and/or cancellation for refund by Saturday, September 25th)

TIME:          10:00 A.M.    Glenwood Cemetary


Val Brock (713) 823-0335;
Brenda Schroeder (713) 376-9371;
Rick Swain (281) 286-0602;

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