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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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

The Third Ward’s Thelma Scott Bryant
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br /> The Third Ward’s Thelma Scott Bryant

By Dr. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh
The Third Ward is home to Texas Southern University, Project Row Houses, Jack Yates High School, and many celebrities both local and national. Summer freedom celebrations conjure memories of another Third Ward …

Towards a Beautiful City
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br /> Towards a Beautiful City

By Dr. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh
Scenic Houston is an organization dedicated to policies and actions that enhance the beauty and appeal of Houston’s streetscapes and roadways.  By working to reduce billboard blight, inhibit new billboard construction, foster …

Houston’s “M” Day
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br /> Houston’s “M” Day</br>

By Amy Ahlbrand Robinson
On July 3, 1954, Houston’s population hit one million. The Houston Chamber of Commerce issued a “Black Gold Certificate” and labeled the event “M” Day. Mayor Roy Hofheinz was in his second …

Happy 50th Birthday, Houston Astrodome!
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Happy 50th Birthday, Houston Astrodome!

by Amy Ahlbrand Robinson
The Houston Astrodome turned 50 in April. It’s hard for most of us to imagine a Houston before the Astrodome. What did Houstonians brag about before the structure Billy Graham coined as …

The San Jacinto Monument
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> The San Jacinto Monument

by Amy Robinson 
San Jacinto Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 21. When the San Jacinto Monument was
dedicated on April 21, 1939, to the “Heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who …

It’s RODEO Time!

By Amy Ahlbrand Robinson
Houstonians who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s loved the Rodeo, the Fat Stock Show, and especially Go Texan Day. Wearing cowboy hats, Western shirts, and Have Gun – Will Travel …

The Sounds of Success
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br>The Sounds of Success

By Story Sloane III
Two of the more important technological advancements that came out of the 1800s were photography and radio. To capture light was truly a fantastic thing, and the ability to hear sounds from …

Frontier Fiesta Days
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br>Frontier Fiesta Days

Life Magazine Once Proclaimed It As “The Greatest College Show On Earth,” And Rightly So.
In researching Houston’s history over the years, one thing has become crystal clear: its citizens were never going to be without …

Signs of Christmas!
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br>Signs of Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Story Sloane’s Gallery!

Houston’s Iconic Critters
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Houston’s Iconic Critters

By Amy Ahlbrand Robinson
What do a pink flamingo, a mildly ferocious lion, and a huge cockroach have in common? They are part of our earliest Houston memories. They made us happy. They scared us. They …

Stevens Record and Radio Shop
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Stevens Record and Radio Shop

By Amy Ahlbrand Robinson
The teenage refuge of the 1950s and ’60s was the “record shop.” Stevens Records and Radio Shop, located on Kirby Drive near Rice University, was one of the first places Houstonians heard …

A Flair for the Dramatics
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> A Flair for the Dramatics

Theatre is a vital part of the community. It provides an escape to new worlds and opens the public’s eyes to new ideas and emotions. These neighborhood venues help foster creativity among different generations, from …