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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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Establishing the University of Houston

“May We All Cherish This School Always”   By Grace Conroy  The Roaring Twenties was a time of economic prosperity in Houston. Oil had been discovered around the region, the new deep-water port reached $500 million in import and export volume, and skyscrapers appeared on the skyline. Houston’s population grew by 111 percent, making it the […]

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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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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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19.1 San Jose Clinic: Forever Healing – Letter from Editor

We are honored to have partnered with the San José Clinic to tell the story of their first 100 years providing healthcare to Houston’s underserved. Please see the joint letter introducing this issue from Houston History editor, Debbie Harwell, and San José Clinic President and CEO, Maureen Sanders.

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Founding of San José Clinic

Malnourishment and disease from Mexican Americans and Mexican’s impoverished communities in 1922 led to high infant morality rate and mothers’ lacking adequate knowledge about childcare. To combat these concerns, Msgr. George T. Walsh enlisted the help of Katherine Carroll and Theodora Kendall to establish a free clinic for the Mexican and Mexican American community in […]

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The Catholic Church and San José Clinic

By Miles Bednorz Emerging from the rapidly growing congregation of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, Annunciation Church became Houston’s second Catholic Church when it was dedicated in 1871 and is the oldest existing church building in Houston. The Catholic Church has always been the foundation of the San José Clinic. Catholic groups and institutions like the Archdiocese […]

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