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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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Latino cARTographies: Mapping the Past, Present, and Future of Houston’s Latino Visual Art

“A 21ST Century Mode of Accessing Art and Experiencing Culture” By Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz and Juana Guzmán Under the leadership of Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz, Director of the University of Houston’s (UH) Center for Mexican American and Latino Studies (CMALS), plans are underway to launch the groundbreaking digital board, Latino cARTographies: Mapping the Past, […]

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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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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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Founding of San José Clinic

Malnourishment and disease from Mexican Americans and Mexican’s impoverished communities in 1922 led to high infant morality rate and mothers’ lacking adequate knowledge about childcare. To combat these concerns, Msgr. George T. Walsh enlisted the help of Katherine Carroll and Theodora Kendall to establish a free clinic for the Mexican and Mexican American community in […]

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Treating Patients from Head to Toe

By Grace Conroy, Caitlyn Jones, and Debbie Z. Harwell   The local Sembradores de Amistad chapter held a fundraiser in 1970 to provide glasses for San José Clinic patients. Club president, Virginia “Vergie” Treviño, left, and fundraising chair Mrs. Roy Molina, right, walk with Beatrice Moreno proudly wearing her new glasses. Photo courtesy of the […]

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Respect, Dignity, and Home

By Joseph Castillo Pins added to the map above indicate the early clinic locations in Second Ward. Pin 1: 1900 Franklin (1922-1925); pin 2: 1909 Canal (1925-1954); pin 3: 1919 Runnels (1954-1956); and pin 4: 301 Hamilton (195 6 -2 010 ). Map from Alacrán essay courtesy of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public […]

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Pillar of Refuge, Maria Ramirez

By Joseph Castillo In the forty years that she has been with the San José Clinic, Maria has watched the clinic grow and maintain its family-like community. Her devotion and ability to connect with patients in both Spanish and English make her a beloved member of the San José Clinic community. Photo courtesy of the San José […]

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“A Magical Time”: Christmas at San José Clinic

By Celine Pineda Just five years after the San José Clinic was established in 1922, the National Council of Catholic Women (now the Charity Guild of Catholic Women) began hosting a Christmas celebration for patients and community members, many of whom went without during the holidays. Approximately 300 children attended the first gathering, with infants receiving clothing and toiletries and other children visiting Santa Claus, who gave them toys and bags filled with candy, […]

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