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Community Engagement from Blackboards to Technology

This special spring issue of Houston History features five articles for 100 Years of Stories: Documenting a Century at the University of Houston! Click on Buy Magazines to purchase a print copy or subscribe. Houston Public Media tells the behind the scenes stories of the work our students are doing in collaboration with Houston Public Media and […]

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Sue Garrison: The Inspiration Behind Generations of Educators and Leaders

By Debbie Z. Harwell “Women like her made women like me.” —Debbie Sokol, award-winning volleyball player, coach, and trainer. Sue Garrison, the University of Houston’s first director of women’s physical education and women’s athletics (1945-1979), was ahead of her time, creating opportunities for women long before Title IX. Photo courtesy of the TWU Libraries Woman’s […]

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Establishing the University of Houston

“May We All Cherish This School Always”   By Grace Conroy  The Roaring Twenties was a time of economic prosperity in Houston. Oil had been discovered around the region, the new deep-water port reached $500 million in import and export volume, and skyscrapers appeared on the skyline. Houston’s population grew by 111 percent, making it the […]

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The Spirit of the Houston Shakespeare Festival

By Andrew Tello  Dean Coutris played Julius Caesar in the 2019 production. The costumes offer a modern-day take on the classic Shakespeare tale. Photo courtesy of Pin Lim. No writer in the English language can lay claim to the fame of William Shakespeare, who has amassed a global fanbase in the four centuries since his […]

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Dr. Richard I. Evans and the Innovation of Educational Television

By Emily Vinson Psychology 231, a half-hour for-credit course, aired Monday through Friday for twelve weeks, reaching half of the area’s television owners– an estimated 20,000 viewers. The program proved so popular that viewers called Evans at home “day and night” to discuss the themes presented during the telecourse. Over the past two years, as […]

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Houston Museum of African American Culture

By Morgan E. Thomas John Guess, Jr. cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) in 2012. Photo courtesy of HMAAC.  On the corner of Caroline and Wentworth Streets, a newspaper box stands near the doorway of a white building. Upon closer inspection, the box features an article […]

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The Store That Does More: H-E-B in Houston, Texas

By Miles Bednorz This Mi Tienda, located in Pasadena, Texas, provides customers in the majority Hispanic area with traditional ingredients not sold at other H-E-B stores. Photo courtesy of Miles Bednorz.  Begun as a small grocery, staffed by family members in Kerrville, Texas, H-E-B has grown into a massive company, operating more than four hundred […]

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Houston’s East End: Past in the Present

By Marie-Theresa Hernández  The plane, with the name “Tommy Joe” painted on its nose, is in the front yard of a private home on Navigation Boulevard. I wish Tommy Joe was still around to tell us stories about the plane in action. Photo by Golnar Makvandi. In spring 2021, in the middle of the COVID pandemic, […]

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