Supporting Culture in our Community


Columbus Historical Preservation Trust is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year to encourage fun and fellowship within the community. Whether it’s a family-friendly movie night, presentation about local history, grand gala, or the annual dinner theater presentation, CHPT events are a wonderful way to make new memories or experience new things. CHPT events are open to the public and all are welcomed to attend.



The Annual Meeting of the members of Columbus Historical Preservation Trust will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, as provided in Article IX of the Bylaws of the organization. All matters pertinent to the organization will be discussed.  New directors will be elected, and proposed changes to the Bylaws will be discussed and a vote on their acceptance held. Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors will meet to elect officers and to conduct the regular monthly meeting.

Proposed By-law Changes


Join CHPT on Friday, September 24 for the return of the Lecture Series. Debra Dickinson, Professor of Opera Studies at Rice University, will present a fascinating talk on Broadway musicals. Her presentation will be filled with fun facts, unknown history, and interesting insight on producing a musical under the bright lights of Broadway.

Adult admission is $20 and child/student admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased online from August 1 through September 22 or in the Chamber office during regular business hours. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

CHPT Lecture Series: Broadway Musicals is proudly sponsored by AL&M Building Supply.


Two family names have come to be associated with the violence that plagued Colorado County, Texas, for decades after the end of the Civil War: the Townsends and the Staffords. Both prominent families amassed wealth and achieved status, but it was their resolve to hold on to both, by whatever means necessary, that sparked the feud.

James Kearney, author of No Hope for Heaven, No Fear of Hell: The Stafford-Townsend Feud of Colorado County, Texas, 1871-1911, will lead the interesting presentation. 

Afterwards, the 2020 and 2021 winners of the Laura Ann Rau Preservation Award will be announced.