Author Archive | Debbie Harwell

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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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WIMS Opening Dialogues across Race, Region & Religion

On March 7, 2016, the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative and Center for Public Hisotry hosted it’s second Historically Speaking panel, “Wednesdays in Mississippi: Opening Dialogues across Race, Region, and Religion Then and Now” to discuss how the 1964 project was used at the time to combat racism and how similar methods re currently being […]

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Historically Speaking

  Houston History published by the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative and the Center for Public History at the University  of Houston hosted a panel to explore our region’s hurricane history and, the effort to provide relief to the thousands of people displace by Hurricane Katrina. Done as part of the Harris County Public Library’s Gulf […]

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