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HISTORICAL – Houston’s Flooded History: A Normal Crisis HISTORICAL – Houston’s Flooded History:  A Normal Crisis

Houstonians are rightly concerned when severe rain threatens the area. With each deluge, residents have gotten better at following the now infamous catchphrase, “turn around don’t drown.” This slogan is important for public safety, but …

Houston’s Wilderness Preservation Pioneer Houston’s Wilderness Preservation Pioneer

Joseph Heiser founded The Outdoor Nature Club (ONC) in 1923. A politically active, amateur conservationist, Heiser organized the ONC to promote wilderness recreation along the Texas Gulf Coast and establish a forum for conservation issues.
Early …

The Cruiser Houston and Civic Pride The Cruiser Houston and Civic Pride

(All illustrations from the Cruiser Houston Collection, courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.)
By Stephen James
Less than three months after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, the cruiser U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) fought valiantly in …

The Plaza Hotel: A Preservation Success Story The Plaza Hotel:  A Preservation Success Story

by Joseph Stromberg
The tremendous growth of Houston has sometimes come at the expense the city’s past. Some of this has come in the form of architectural loss as historic structures are demolished for new buildings. The …

West Columbia Elementary School West Columbia Elementary School

(All photographs by Donald Barthelme, Sr. All illustrations courtesy of Donald Barthelme, Sr. Architectural Papers, University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections; by permission of Estate of Donald Barthelme, Sr.)
by Stephen James 
The Baby Boom after World …

HISTORICAL – The Persistence of Olivewood Cemetery HISTORICAL – The Persistence of Olivewood Cemetery

by Dr. Joseph Stromberg
Historically African American cemeteries dating back to after the Civil War are some of the most endangered sites in Houston. Olivewood cemetery, the first incorporated African American cemetery in the city, has …

HISTORICAL – 1955 Meyerland Parade of Homes HISTORICAL – 1955 Meyerland Parade of Homes

(Illustrations courtesy of Burdette Keeland Architectural Papers, University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections.)
by Dr. Stephen James
As prosperity returned to the United States after World War II, millions of Americans looked for new homes. By 1952, …

HISTORICAL – Kay B. Crooker, A Houston Quality of Life Advocate HISTORICAL – Kay B. Crooker, A Houston Quality of Life Advocate

 
Kay B. Crooker was a professional and volunteer advocate promoting Houston’s quality of life for more than 30 years. Appointed to the City of Houston Planning and Zoning Commission in 1984 and reappointed by five …

HISTORICAL – Gulf Coast Energy Development in UH Oral Histories HISTORICAL – Gulf Coast Energy Development in UH Oral Histories

Archival collections preserve history in books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, video images   and exhibits. Early
forms of historical research, however, were oral. Herodotus, Greek historian credited as the “father of history,” constructed his history of the Greco-Persian …

HISTORICAL -World Affairs Council – Texas Gulf Coast HISTORICAL -World Affairs Council – Texas Gulf Coast

Proceedings of the 1981, three-day conference on nuclear issues that considered “Theories and Practices of Nuclear Deterrence,” “The International Energy Problem,” “Problems of Proliferation and Control” and “Medical Consequences of Nuclear War.” ❖ Launched in …

HISTORICAL – Keep Houston Beautiful HISTORICAL – Keep Houston Beautiful

A city ordinance passed under Mayor Jim McConn in 1977 created the Houston Clean City Commission. By 1979, the Commission’s Clean Houston program formed as a nonprofit organization funded by the private sector. Operating as …

HISTORICAL – Houston’s Environmental Past HISTORICAL – Houston’s Environmental Past

Since 1970, April celebrations of Earth Day inspire activism, re-dedication, and outdoor events designed to engage humans with the natural environment. Houstonians have a long and organized connection with the environment along the Texas Gulf …

HISTORICAL – Ninfa, a Houston Legend HISTORICAL – Ninfa, a Houston Legend

(Photographs from the Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo Papers, courtesy of the Houston History Archives, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.)
Ninfa is legend in Houston, as a woman and a brand. Ninfa’s is the story of a …

HISTORICAL – This is Our Home, It Is Not for Sale – A Study in Urban Transformation HISTORICAL – This is Our Home, It Is Not for Sale – A Study in Urban Transformation

by Carol Adams
This is Our Home . . . is a documentary, an archival collection and a chapter in Houston’s history. Jon Schwartz produced and directed a documentary film that traces the history of Houston’s …

HISTORICAL – Houston’s Wilderness Preservation Pioneer HISTORICAL – Houston’s Wilderness Preservation Pioneer

— BY DR. TERESA TOMKINS-WALSH —
Joseph Heiser founded The Outdoor Nature Club (ONC) in 1923. A politically active, amateur conservationist, Heiser organized the ONC to promote wilderness recreation along the Texas Gulf Coast and establish …

HISTORICALLY HOUSTON Foley’s: A Remembered Holiday Tradition HISTORICALLY HOUSTON Foley’s: A Remembered Holiday Tradition

By Dr. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh
News of the impending demolition of the Macy’s née Foley’s downtown building flooded newspapers, the Internet and television in August 2013. Protests to the rather expeditious decision concentrated less on the business …

HISTORICALLY HOUSTON Kathy Whitmire
Houston’s Candidate of Firsts
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON Kathy Whitmire<br />  Houston’s Candidate of Firsts

By Dr. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh
In 1977, when Kathryn “Kathy” Whitmire became the first woman to win public office in Houston, she opened an expansive path of firsts in local government. As City Controller from 1978-1982, Whitmire …

HISTORICALLY HOUSTON
Desegregation at UH
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br /> Desegregation at UH

By Dr. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh
Desegregation of the University of Hou­ston was a more or less smooth process during the early 1960s, reflecting, at least on the surface, Houston’s preference for non-violent, quiet change. On the UH …

HISTORICALLY HOUSTON
Welcome to Guandi’s Temple – A Mystic Sanctuary of Asian Cultures in Houston
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br /> Welcome to Guandi’s Temple – A Mystic Sanctuary of Asian Cultures in Houston

By Dr. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh
Visiting the Texas Guandi Temple can be a journey into a mystical world of Asian cultures. Within the iron gates surrounding the temple are stone statues of ancient figures and temple dogs. …