W.H. Stark House offers Spanish tours

By Dawn Burleigh

dawn.burleigh@orangeleader.com

A house full of history is now offering bilingual tours for guests.

With the addition of a new guide, Carmina Smith, W.H. Stark House now has two Spanish-speaking tour guides.

“The opportunity presented itself with two bilingual tour guides on staff,” Site Manager/Curator of The W.H. Stark House, Jeff Harris, said. “It gave us a possibility we did not have before.”

Janie Rangel has been with the House for over a year after retiring from the health care indsurty.

“I wanted something fun,” Rangel said. “I love to talk and I am a people person. I love it here and I love the people.”

Rangel heard of the opening for guides during a job fair.

During her year, Rangel showed Carmina Smith through the house.

“I fell in love with the house,” Smith said. “Every part of the house is magical and has a story.”

Smith learned of the Stark family through the tour and said she can relate to the family.

“He was a country boy and Miriam was a city girl,” Smith said. “It is the same with me. I can imagine how Miriam felt to move to Orange from Pennsylvania. It was a new beginning for her. It is a beautiful story. It is the same story in different times, which helps people make a connection with history. It is a repeating story.”

The dining room where the family gathered together and the breakfast room where the family started the day in prayer are what attract Rangel to the house.

“For all the family has done for the community and their lives still being represented,” Rangel said about the rooms.

Harris said each tour has a little something different to offer.

“A different group or even a different guide can change what one can learn,” Harris said. “A tour with kids versus a tour with antique collectors can change what one finds exciting. The need to offer tours in Spanish is expanding what we do.”

In the last year, tours in Spanish have been conducted by chance due to Rangel or Smith coincidently being on the schedule for the day when the need arose.

“Some have never heard the story before,” Rangel said. “It is most important in the community to know about the family. We live here.”

“Be amazed too,” Smith added.

W.H. Stark House, is located at 610 West Main Avenue in Orange, is now offering the opportunity to schedule a bilingual or Spanish tour in advance by calling 883-0871

The venue is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.

Tours begin in the adjacent Carriage House and parking is available in the Lutcher Theater parking lot. For more information, visit whstarkhouse.org.

Bienvenidos a la Casa Stark, para todos nuestros visitantes de habla hispana, contamos con tours en Español, estamos seguros que haremos de tu visita una experiencia única e inolvidable.

No te pierdas la oportunidad de hacer un viaje a la Historia de Orange a través de la vida de la Familia Stark.

Puedes contactarnos para hacer tu cita si requieres visitas en individual o en grupo. Contáctanos (409) 883-0871

Local

Explore Orange July 4 concert and fireworks celebration planned

Columns

CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — Enjoy these easy meals and great reads

Local

Orange County resident runs from cops after restaurant trespassing, police say

Local

“I expect additional declines ahead of July 4 for both gasoline and diesel prices”

Local

Lamar State College Orange touts increases in enrollment and graduation rates

Local

Sunday through Thursday alternating I-10 lane closures for Orange County detailed

Local

SEE THE PHOTOS — Cops N Kids brings out families across Orange County

Local

ADOPT A PET — Terrier Fred loves peanut butter bacon treats

Local

Pinehurst Police release photos to help public identify man found dead in Adam’s Bayou

Local

Area man sentenced following intoxication manslaughter death of off-duty deputy

Local

PHOTOS — Orange Public Library hosts breakfast connection

Bridge City

Farmer Appreciation Day fun planned in Bridge City; see the details

Columns

HEALTHY LIVING — Soak up some sun safely by doing this

Local

City of Orange holding open briefing, discussion regarding code adoption

Local

Transportation department outlines I-10 lane closures, Golden Triangle Polymers heavy haul closures

Bridge City

NEW GRIDIRON HOME — Bridge City football nabs former Nederland defensive coordinator

Columns

Prostate survivor says early detection is best protection; screening event set for Orange

Columns

CERTIFIED TEXAS EXPERT GARDENER — Garden with ease by using perennials, nativars and Texas SuperStar

Local

Body discovered in Adams Bayou; Pinehurst Police asking for help with identity

Local

VIDEO: Police release video of altercation where suspect was shot and killed

Local

Court document: intoxication manslaughter suspect speeding when in fatal crash

Columns

ASK A COP — Can you legally straddle spots in a parking lot?

Local

Youth league coach sentenced for child exploitation

Local

Interstate-10 lane closures detailed for this week for Orange County