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The Life of Ima Hogg: The Philanthropist

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"While I shall always love Bayou Bend and everything there, in one sense I have always considered I was only holding my collection in trust."- Miss Hogg

Miss Hogg collected for Bayou Bend until her death in 1975 at age 93. In 1957, she donated Bayou Bend and it's collection to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and under her guidance, transformed it into a showcase for decorative arts that opened to the public in 1966.

Miss Hogg was also concerned with the welfare of all Texans. Compassionate by nature and progressive in outlook, she:

  • established the Child Guidance Center of Houston in 1929
  • established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Hygiene at the University of Texas at Austin
  • restored the Varner Plantation
  • restored her parent's first home in Quitman, Texas
  • restored Texas-German buildings in Winedale, Texas which she later donated to the University of Texas at Austin


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