Preserving the rich and unique history of Sugar Land, Texas for future generations.
Welcome from our Executive Director
Welcome to the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation! The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation inspires community pride by collecting, preserving, communicating, and celebrating the history of Sugar Land, Texas.
We are excited to announce our permanent museum site will be the second floor of the former “Container Warehouse” building that is located between the Silos and the “3 Bay Warehouse”. This building has access to the future square or outdoor commons area in the redevelopment of the former Imperial Refinery site. SLHF will also convert the roof of the “Container Warehouse” into outdoor venue for parties and events. The current projected time frame to open the new museum is late 2016 to early 2017.
In the interim, we want to thank Johnson Development for providing SLHF with space on the Imperial Sugar refinery site for our temporary headquarters. SLHF has renovated the space to create an office, a collections storage area, a cataloging workroom, and a small museum exhibit gallery. SLHF is located in the former Engineering and Personnel Building at 198 Kempner, right next to the iconic 1925 Char House.
We hope that you’ll become involved with the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation—as a donor, a volunteer, or both. Please help us preserve the rich and unique history of our city for future generations.
Very truly yours,
Dennis Parmer, Executive Director
Sugar Land Heritage Foundation
Sugar Land, TX 77498
The catalyst in the formation of the SLHF was the closing of the Imperial Sugar refinery in 2003. The refinery, which had been in continual operation since the mid 1800s, housed a vast historical treasure trove of artifacts, documents, and photographs that traced the evolution of the site from its early days as a working plantation into its more modern era as a company town.
Many organizations began to work together at this time to ensure that the priceless artifacts and the history of the site were preserved. The City of Sugar Land, the Imperial Sugar Company, and Cherokee Investments developed a partnership approach to the creation of a community-based heritage museum which would collect, preserve, and exhibit the collection on the refinery site.
The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in March 2008. The first Board meeting was held in October 2008, and a Strategic Planning session took place in February 2009. The City of Sugar Land has provided the seed funding for the formation of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation along with generous support from Kempner Fund, Cherokee Investments, Johnson Development, Imperial Sugar, the Fort Bend Museum Association, and community representatives.