Omar Afra, the co-founder of Free Press Summer Festival, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but has lived in Houston since the age of two. He attended Askew Elementary, Paul Revere Middle School, and Lee High School.
Southeast Houston: From Pastures to South Park to MLK Vol. 11, No. 3 (Summer 2014) Letter from Guest Editor Carroll Parrott Blue Download Full PDF 2 Palm Center: A Window into Southeast Houston By Zachary Smith 8 The Kuhlmann Family: Planning Roots for Future Generations By Betty Trapp Chapman 13 Neglected Gully Gets Some […]
Protecting Our Green Heritage Vol. 10, No. 2 (Spring 2013) Download PDF Letter from Editor 2 Houston’s Environmental Past: Terry Hershey, Legacy, Community, and Action By Teresa Tomkins-Walsh 8 Galveston Bay: A Brief History of One of America’s Great Waters By Courtney Smith 14 Houston’s Own Historical Forested Wetlands: The Spring Creek Greenway By […]
The history of Texas and the history of the city of Houston are inextricably linked to one factor – land. Both Texas and Houston used the legacy of the land to encourage settlement, bringing in a great multicultural mélange of settlers that left a lasting impression on the state.
Houston’s Hermann Park has been a treasured oasis of green and blue in the heart of the city since its opening nearly a century ago. George H. Hermann, industrialist, real estate investor, and one of Houston’s first park commissioners, donated land for the park in June 1914, and his estate bequeathed additional acreage upon his […]
Although Houston may be known for its many cultural and art museums, the handiwork of local artists can also be found in a not-so-usual location – school and neighborhood SPARK Parks, which grew from one woman’s inspiration.
During the summer between second and third grade, I fell hopelessly in love with cotton candy. That delicacy excelled as the most perfect experience in my then eight-year-old world. Watching it being made, then touching and finally tasting it was mesmerizing. The notion that a machine could spew out pink strands of sugar fascinated me. […]
Moody Park stands four miles north of downtown in the heart of what Houstonians now call the Near Northside, an area that grew up in the 1890s, largely around the Southern Pacific rail yards. Development of the Irvington Addition, where Moody Park is located, started in the 1920s and continued into the 1930s. European immigrants, […]
The first time I ever ran more than half a mile was during my freshman year at Dartmouth College when it seemed that half the campus was trying out for crew. I never made the team, but one of the things I took away from those weeks of training was a love of running. During […]
Summer 1971: Driving from Quebec to Boston. Suzy and I slept in the Rambler last night on the side of a deserted road in the middle of Maine. No cars passed in the night, but a moose moseyed by early this morning. Today we made it to our first national park ever–Acadia, with its spectacular […]