Microsoft shares the love with HMNS at new store opening in The Woodlands

What better way to celebrate new beginnings than with the gift of … well, giving!

MSFT_logo_png (1)HMNS is one of several Houston area non-profits to receive a substantial software and hardware grant from Microsoft as it opens a new location in The Woodlands (the eighth such store to open in Texas). In fact, over $1 million in software and hardware will be presented to HMNS, Interfaith of The Woodlands and South Montgomery County YMCA.

We think we’re in some pretty good company, don’t you?

Wanna celebrate this really cool event with us? We invite you to join us in welcoming Microsoft to The Woodlands and thanking the company for its generous gifts — at the ribbon cutting party in The Woodlands Mall this Thursday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. At this Grand Opening event, HMNS President Joel Bartsch will accept a check on behalf of the Museum from Microsoft for software grants and hardware donations.

We’re very excited, flattered, and honored to be the recipient of such an awesome donation that will help us further our mission for generations to come. Microsoft, we salute you!

Five signs you should join our new young professionals group, the HMNS Catalysts

Looking to mix things up? Join HMNS’ brand new young professionals group, the HMNS Catalysts, and cause a reaction! A membership program for fun, intellectual types around town to mix and mingle, become a Catalyst and take advantage of all HMNS has to offer.

CatalystStill not sure you want to join? (Pfffft.) Here are five signs that you’d be perfect for the HMNS Catalysts:

YOU’RE A SMARTY PANTS

You’re a bit of a smarty pants and that’s great. But there’s only so much you can do as a lone-wolf-smarty-pants. If you join our wolf pack, there’s no telling what you can do.

YOU LIKE FREE THINGS

Membership comes with a ton of free perks AND discounts. Which is always good.

YOU’VE DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY AT MIXERS

If you’ve been to one (or 10) of our Mixers & Elixirs events, you know HMNS knows how to throw a good party. HMNS Catalysts will have four events annually — plus FREE admission to a Mixers & Elixirs party!

OUR GIANT SLOTH IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL

Let’s be honest: even without all the social perks and cool events, with a membership YOU GET TO COME TO THE MUSEUM AS MUCH AS YOU WANT AND SEE OUR COOL STUFF! Win/win.

Giant Sloth

YOU’RE NOT THAT OLD (YET)

Being a young professional is hard work, so might as well enjoy it before you turn into an old professional!

Celebrate Memorial Day all weekend long at HMNS

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend! Once again, it’s time for family, barbeques and — if you’re the traditional sort — white pants and shoes. And that’s not to mention the action-packed weekend we have in store at HMNS!

With a movie premiere in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, two brand new special exhibitions (highlighted by a historic reenactment), several limited engagement exhibits, and our stunning permanent exhibit halls open to you, this is sure to be a weekend to remember!

Here’s the breakdown:

On Friday, May 23, the epic 3D film D-Day: Normandy 1944 opens in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Telling the story of the largest Allied operation of World War II through a stunning visual spectacle, the film’s seamless transitions between live action, animation, and CGI bring this historic battle to life.

We’re also opening two new special exhibits on the same day: Battleship Texas and Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters.

Battleship Texas, organized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, highlights the history of the Battleship Texas in service to the United States Navy through World War II. On the other hand, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disastersimmerses you in the most powerful natural phenomena on Earth: earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes.

From Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26, you’ll find members of the Sixth Cavalry, a WWII reenactment and technological preservation group, camped outside the museum. A non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the memory of our nation’s veterans, the Sixth Cavalry will display military vehicles, including a half-ton truck, Jeeps, and a half-track outside the museum.

On Memorial Day, May 26, they will perform a two-bell ceremony at noon to honor those who have fallen.

In addition to our permanent exhibit halls, special exhibits Magna Carta and Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces are here for a limited time.

So there you have it — something for everyone, all weekend long at HMNS. Come see us!

 

Whether or not you’re taking a Texans cheerleader, have a great prom in three easy steps

This Saturday, HMNS is hosting the prom for Crosby High School — and one student is in for an especially memorable night. Most high school football players dream big and take a cheerleader to their prom (some take it uber-seriously and hold prom drafts…), but one local teen has taken prom-posals to the next level.

Mike Ramirez, 17, reached out to Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn Beth on Twitter, asking if she’d go with him to prom if he got 10,000 retweets. She accepted and within 24 hours, not only had he met the goal — he’d surpassed it!

We’d like to say congratulations to Mike on your prom-Twitter-swag and we hope that you and Caitlyn will have a great time together!

Now, all of this prom talk got me thinking: My prom seems to have happened in a simpler time. With these extravagant prom-posals happening everywhere, I wondered what else might be changing about prom.

So I did some research and I’ve synthesized every prom-advice guide into three simple steps, guaranteed to ensure that your prom is awesome.

1. FIND A DATE

It could be literally anyone or anything! Now if you’re dating someone, it’s probably a bad move to ask someone else to prom. But if you’re single, the world is your oyster! Ask a friend! Ask your grandma! Bring a pet! Or, if you really wanna turn heads, bring a cardboard cutout of a celebrity!

2. WEAR CLOTHES

Gown, tux, whatever – just have something on. You’ll also probably want to coordinate with your date (see step 1), but don’t shy away from color!.

 

3. GO TO PROM

You’re almost there! Now all you have to do is get there.

There you go — the secrets to a great prom revealed! And happy prom night to everyone at Crosby High School, and we hope you have a great time at HMNS.

ALSO, bonus points for anyone who gets this for their date: