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Coming Soon! 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! To read the full article, click on Buy Magazines to purchase a print copy or subscribe.

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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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The Spirit of the Houston Shakespeare Festival

By Andrew Tello  Dean Coutris played Julius Caesar in the 2019 production. The costumes offer a modern-day take on the classic Shakespeare tale. Photo courtesy of Pin Lim. No writer in the English language can lay claim to the fame of William Shakespeare, who has amassed a global fanbase in the four centuries since his […]

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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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The Store That Does More: H-E-B in Houston, Texas

By Miles Bednorz This Mi Tienda, located in Pasadena, Texas, provides customers in the majority Hispanic area with traditional ingredients not sold at other H-E-B stores. Photo courtesy of Miles Bednorz.  Begun as a small grocery, staffed by family members in Kerrville, Texas, H-E-B has grown into a massive company, operating more than four hundred […]

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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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“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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The Women Behind the San José Clinic

By Sarah Chikhani In the early 1990s, Sister Annette McDonagh and Sister Pauline Troncale carpooled to work at San José Clinic in Houston’s Second Ward. Every morning, Sister Annette, a pharmacist in her seventies, would bless the clinic with a splash of holy water and pray that she would not make any mistakes. Recalling the story with a laugh, Sister Pauline, who was CEO of the clinic at […]

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