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 remnants of leaky roofs from the past have left their mark on the plaster of the 1886 Stafford Opera House. Funds from the Back to the Community online auction will directly benefit the Stafford Opera House Repair and Restore Fund and will pay for painting, plastering, and other needed repairs to this historic Texas landmark.

Through the generosity of Columbus businesses, CHPT will be auctioning off a wide array of wonderful items via online auction. The auction will begin July 28, 2021 and end August 1, 2021. To view the full auction catalog, click here.


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.