To the Red Planet and Beyond: The Mars Rover Celebration

By Alicia Nichols Space and space exploration have long captivated adults. For elementary and junior high students, the siren call of our galaxy and beyond is no different. Luckily for Houston-area students, there are programs such as the Mars Rover Celebration. The Mars Rover Celebration is an educational program for third through eighth graders at […]

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Houston’s Graffiti Culture

Graffiti. This disruptive, colorful, and self-boasting style of popular art has permeated walls for centuries, including in Houston. Modern graffiti has been around since the 1960s when gangs or “crews” created social order with preservation of writing and began spray painting names and messages on walls, as expressions of protest, violence, or leisure. Undoubtedly graffiti has become a more mainstream and accepted artistic style through its appearance on clothing, advertisements, music covers, computer font styles, public art murals, and more.

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Donald Barthelme and the Adams Petroleum Center

One of Houston’s most important literary figures was the late writer and novelist Donald Barthelme (1931–1989). But for many years Barthelme labored in the shadow of his better-known father, Donald Barthelme, Sr. (1907–1996), a nationally prominent architect.

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Vol. 12 No. 1 Houston Ship Channel Table of Contents

Dredged to Excellence: 100 Years on the Houston Ship Channel Vol. 12, No. 1 (Summer 2014) Letter from Editor                   Download Full PDF 2 Deep Water Houston: From the Laura to the Deep Water Jubilee By James E.fisher 8 What a Deep-water Channel to Houston Created By Port of Houston Authority 14 […]

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Dredged to Excellence, 100 Years on the Houston Ship Channel

Houston History celebrates the Houston Ship Channel’s centennial.
The Fall 2014 issue explores the deep-water channel from its initial concept in the 1830s to one of the world’s largest ports today. The magazine also pays tribute to the men and women who make the Port of Houston a success, like lineman Bobby Kersey, shown on the cover, who has worked there for over half a century. Click on the “Continue Reading” link below for a description of the articles.

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Deep Water Houston: From the Laura to the Deep Water Jubilee

The Allen brothers’ mission to create a city where none had been before was fueled by the same philosophy that led to Houston’s long-term success: dream big, and do everything possible to realize your dreams. The realization of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel is a tale of promotion, ingenuity, and decades of dedicated effort by civic leaders.

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What a Deep-water Channel to Houston Created

Fifty-two miles long and recognized as a public works engineering marvel, the Houston Ship Channel gave birth to the nation’s busiest port, its leading export port, its leading break bulk port, and its largest petrochemical complex. Indeed, the town that built a port that built a city sums up the Houston Ship Channel’s first century.

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