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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We are honored to have partnered with the San José Clinic to tell the story of their first 100 years providing healthcare to Houston’s underserved. Please see the joint letter introducing this issue from Houston History editor, Debbie Harwell, and San José Clinic President and CEO, Maureen Sanders.
Download the full pdf here19.1 Letter from the Editor, Debbie Z. Harwell 2From Fear to Faith: The Founding of the San José ClinicBy Karla Rodriguez6The Catholic Church and the San José Clinic: One Hundred Years of HistoryBy Miles Bednorz11San José Clinic Establishes its Place in Houston’s Medical MeccaBy Grace Conroy17“San José Saints”: Treating Patients from Head to ToeBy Grace Conroy, Caitlyn Jones, and Debbie Z. Harwell23Respect, Dignity, and […]
Letter from the Editor: Reflections on Love Debbie Z. Harwell, editor. Does anyone ever really forget their first love? Whether the relationship lasted a lifetime or ended too soon, it seems few people forget. In fact, the internet has an endless number of opinions and statistics on first loves. My first love was a gay […]
A new, collaborative approach to storytelling at the University of Houston has been sparked by a gift from UH friend and patron Carey C. Shuart. As a volunteer and supporter to many areas of UH for over thirty years, she saw the opportunity to bring together UH’s Center for Public History, Houston Public Media, and […]
Debbie Z. Harwell, Editor Letter from the Editor: In the aftermath of local storms, many Houstonians claim the frequency of flooding has increased, raising the question: how accurate are those statements? The city’s first flood occurred in April 1837, just eight months after Houston was founded at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous. […]
On March 4, 2020, Drs. Leslie Alexander and Amilcar Shibazz participated in a panel moderated by Dean DoVeanna Fulton and sponsored by the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series to discuss the importance of African American Studies in the past and its continued critical role today. Click hear to read about the program’s history.
This issue looks at ways our community has evolved in its attitudes, politics, neighborhoods, and culture. In the 1920s or 1930s, an unknown artist painted this futuristic vision of Houston in 1980 that is at once fantasy and truth. Houston has evolved to include elevated freeways that encircle downtown as the artist anticipated, although they […]