Special Evening with Texas History at the Historic San Jacinto Monument

“We founded History Matters believing that our past is vital for our future. This is never more critical than after the devastation left by Hurricanes Harvey. Now, historic preservation is more important than ever. Why? Because history matters.” – Steve and Elizabeth Berry

The San Jacinto Museum of History Association’s eleventh Special Evening with Texas History, on November 2, is sure to be memorable with Elizabeth and Steve Berry, who are being honored for their contributions to history through their Houston Matters Foundation.

The annual fundraising event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. includes a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres; presentation of the San Jacinto Star Award to Steve and Elizabeth Berry; recognition of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez and a salute to veterans; a gourmet seated dinner celebrating the 181st anniversary of Texas Independence; a special viewing of exhibits; and rides to the monument’s Observation Floor for a spectacular nighttime view of downtown Houston, the Ship Channel and the Battleship Texas.

The Berrys are being honored for their work with History Matters, a foundation they created dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009, the couple has traveled throughout the country to save endangered historic treasures—raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops.

Held for aspiring authors across the nation, all money raised from these writer workshops is donated to local history projects. The Berrys have raised more than $1,000,000 for organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution libraries, the Lincoln Log Cabin, the Library of Virginia, the Mark Twain House & Museum, and dozens of other projects related to the heritage of the United States. Their devotion to historic preservation has been recognized by many organizations.

Along with History Matters, Elizabeth is the executive director of International Thriller Writers (ITW), a trade group of more than 4,000 international thriller writers. She is also co-founder of 1001 Dark Nights, a marketing company that works to brand authors and expand readership within the romance genre. She serves on the Education Committee for the…

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