Author Archive | Debbie Harwell

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Mapping Houston History

Houston History mapping in progress. For some time, I have wanted to map the 350+ articles we have published dating back to 2003. This map represents the beginning of that process, and includes, as of the fall of 2019, articles from the last three years. You to search them by categories, such as Business & Industry, Communities, Culture, […]

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Milestones

Debbie Z. Harwell, Editor We all have milestone moments that mark our personal history – perhaps a wedding, the birth of a child, a career achievement, or, sadly, the loss of a loved one. We also recall historic events that impact our culture. Thinking back to the 1960s, I remember my dad taking me to […]

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Our Spring Issue Is Here!

In conversation and in historical research “place” takes on a variety of meanings. It can represent a physical location, a space within the community, a position in society, or our diverse identities. Exploring Houston history is more than just looking at our location; we consider all the things that make up our environment, from the […]

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16.2 Power of Place: Table of Contents

Download the full pdfVol. 16 No. 2, Letter from the EditorDebbie Z. Harwell 2Italians Plant Roots in Houston By Sabine Meyer Hill7De-Ro-Loc: Houston’s Forgotten FestivalBy Calvin Blair12The IUPLR and the History of Houston’s Latino Art Now! ConferenceBy Olga U. Herrera and Pamela Anne Quiroz2023State of the Women in HoustonBy Nikki Van HightowerMarching On: “The Rise of Houston Women = The Rise of the Nation”By […]

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“A Love Affair 50 Years and Counting”: OTC’s Economic and Cultural Contributions to Houston

By Debbie Z. Harwell The first OTC met at the Albert Thomas Convention and Exhibit Center downtown (now Bayou Place) with 4,200 in attendance, 125 papers presented, and 38,500 square feet of exhibit space occupied by 200 exhibitors. In need of more space, in 1973 OTC moved to the Astrodome complex, now NRG Park, where […]

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Table of Contents 15.2 Latinos

Download the full pdf. Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring 2018) Letter from the Editor by Debbie Z. Harwell 2 El Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello: Raza, Patria, e Idioma By Adriana Castro 8 Yolanda Black Navarro: East End Reina By Denise Gomez 13 Laying the Groundwork: Gracie Saenz’s Life of Public Service By Stephanie Gomez […]

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Letter from the Editor

What is Houston’s DNA? By Debbie Z. Harwell “Discover your ethnic origins,” find the “source of your greatness,” trace your “health, traits, and ancestry,” and “amaze yourself…find new relatives.” Ads proliferate from companies like AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage enticing us to learn more about who we really are. People who send a saliva sample for […]

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Houston History Bus, Bringing the Past Alive

Mister McKinney recently fulfilled one of his dreams when he rolled out the Houston History Bus. “The Houston History Bus is a truly unique and immersive experience,” R. W. McKinney explains. “We acquired a retired school bus and reconfigured it into a mobile classroom. We cut the roof off, removed the windows, and installed a […]

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