Announcing Our 50th New Season & Our Kickoff Event | Houston Society Archaeological Institute of America

This upcoming season will also be a celebration of our 50th anniversary for the Houston Society and we hope you enjoy all the events that we have planned for this special upcoming season.


The Great Road Trip: New Stories in the Human Evolutionary Journey opens the 50th Anniversary Season of the Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society.

Dr. John W. Kappelman, Jr., will talk about the most important event in human pre-history, the migration of Homo sapiens from their African homeland to colonize the world. Dr. Kappelman will share recent discoveries on:

Tuesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, 77030.

Guests are encouraged to come early to be part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations and enjoy African drumming and dance before the lecture. Afterwards, join us for Ethiopian coffee with cake.

We also salute the three founders of AIA Houston Society – Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter Widrig–with an event about the story of the origin of Homo sapiens, modern man’s founder.

The lure of what lies over the next horizon has always been a central driver of human behavior, inspiring humankind to travel from Africa to the Moon. New discoveries have revolutionized the ongoing story of the migration of modern man, changing what we thought we knew. This research area–the who, what, where, and when–of our story is one of the most hotly debated areas of scientific study today. From Morocco to East Africa to South Africa, the emergence and movement of Homo sapiens out of Africa–places, dates, and genomic analysis–will be shared at this event.


We are deeply grateful to Family Tree DNA for their sponsorship of this event.

  • Ticket Admission is $18.00.
  • HMNS and AIA member tickets are $12.00.
  • Tickets are available at the HMNS Box Office on the night of the event or in advance by phone at (713) 639-4629.
  • Tickets are not available online.


To become a member of the AIA, Houston Society visit our website.

Additional programs sponsored by The Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society include:

  • DISCOVER Lecture Series
  • EXPERIENCE Family Outreach
  • PARTICIPATE Hands On History (this is a new series focusing on cemetery preservation)
  • EXPLORE Heritage Tourism.

Please visit the AIA, Houston Society website for more details

About Archaeological Institute of America, Houston The Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society promotes awareness and appreciation of world cultures though archaeology. Fifty years ago, the organization was founded by Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter Widrig. Today, through our programming, we seek to find common links to those who have come before us, to acknowledge the basic dignity of all humankind, and ultimately to advance mutual understanding among Houston’s diverse community.