Author Archive | Debbie Harwell

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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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Letter from the Editor

Rx: Public History By Debbie Z. Harwell In 2006 our late oral history director Ernesto Valdes interviewed many people about Houston’s relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Dr. David Persse, Public Health Authority for the City of Houston and Physician Director for Houston Emergency Medical Services (EMS), told him things turned out very differently than what […]

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