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Being the Spirit of Houston: The University of Houston Marching Band

By La’Nora Jefferson The University of Houston marching band was founded in 1946. Any student could participate as long as they auditioned. Even in its early years, the marching band supported the Cougars at all football and basketball games, traveling to several away games. The band led the Frontier Fiesta parade and the first football […]

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Clayton House in 2012. Photo courtesy of Clayton Library.

Clayton House: Profile of a Home and the Family who Built It

By Alex Colvin In 2006, a $6.8 million private-public funding project formed to restore and renovate the aging Georgian Revival-style Clayton House in the Houston Museum District. Today the structure serves as a library and meeting space for the Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Visitors to the home are immediately struck […]

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Around the Region Table of Contents 13.2

Download the full pdf. Vol. 13, No. 2 (Spring 2016) Letter from the Editor by Editor-in-Chief Joseph A. Pratt 2 Home in the Pines: Creating the Woodlands By George T. Morgan, Jr. and John O. King with Joseph A. Pratt 8 Houston: Becoming the Ranch House City By Stephen James 13 The Bryan Museum: History in History A Conversation […]

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A Quest into the World of Rennies

By Taylor Mankin The Texas Renaissance Festival has been a popular form of entertainment for Houstonians since the early 1970s, with thousands making the trek each fall into a world that is part history and part fantasy. Upon entering the fairgrounds, tourists and visitors encounter performers, merchants, and artisans donning medieval-style garb and speaking in […]

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The University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, 1979-1989

The UH English Department, with John McNamara as chair, shaped its creative writing program in the late 1970s, when such programs were sprouting up across the country, as a way to draw students at a time of “steadily declining graduate enrollment in the Department.” In 1978, the department asked poet Cynthia Macdonald, then at Johns […]

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Asian Americans: Expanding Our Horizons

The year 2015 marks a half century since the United States passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, a comprehensive immigration reform that abolished the racial quota system established in 1924 that was based on national origins. The new law admitted people based on criteria such as family reunification, skills needed in the U.S. workplace, and […]

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