Houston History has debuted its second digital issue. This exciting magazine traces the history of Southeast Houston “From Pastures to South Park to MLK.” Not only does it trace the social, demographic, and economic changes the neighborhood has seen over 170 years, it also represents a collective effort between UH research professor Carroll Parrott Blue, the Dawn Project, Southeast Houston Arts Initiative, and the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative in the UH Center for Public History.
As you visit the webpages to read the articles in this issue you will find added content that cannot be found in a print edition. Each of the articles wills offer various elements such as a short movie, clips from interviews, extra photographs, and links to related articles and websites on similar subjects.
Several of the articles were written by graduate students in the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative and others were written by students in the Regional History class, taught in conjunction with the University of Houston Honors College. These students had an opportunity to learn about the Houston area and its relationship to state, national, and world events while engaging in hands on history. Each student conducted an oral history, wrote an article for the magazine, and created a short video for the class website. By involving students in the process of creating historical record, not just memorizing it, they develop critical thinking skills, they learn how to gather and evaluate evidence, and they have an opportunity to present their findings to varied audiences in both print and new digital media.
All of us at Houston History hope that you will enjoy the expanded content as much as we enjoyed creating it.
The Houston History Staff