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Even as water receded, the Houston Fire Department conducted rescue operations in Meyerland. Photo courtesy of Nomi Solomon.

Disaster and Dedication: The Story of Meyerland’s Jewish Community

By Anna Mayzenberg Meyerland grew rapidly from its beginnings in 1955. Homes, such as this one on Valkeith Drive (1960), frequently sold before construction was completed. Photo courtesy of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library. In the mid-1950s, the 1,200-acre Meyerland subdivision promised to be a new suburban haven for middle- and upper-class […]

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Gravestones Tell Stories: San Isidro Cemetery

By Marie-Theresa Hernandez Photo by Myra de la Garza, Tree as Protector Long before Sugar Land was an affluent suburb of Houston, it was known as the home of Imperial Sugar. The company produced and imported sugar cane and processed it in a red brick, six-story building that still stands alongside U.S. Highway 90. Imperial Sugar initially […]

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Reverend James Novarro and La Marcha

Baptist minister James L. Novarro and fellow activists left Houston in the sweltering Texas heat in July of 1966, traveling several hours to Rio Grande City in Starr County, where they marched in soldarity with local farmworkers seeking a fair wage. These laborers galvanized national attention when they organized a strike followed by a march, […]

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Summer Sampler Table of Contents 13.3

Download the full pdf. Vol. 13, No.  (Summer 2016) Letter from the Editor by retiring Editor-in-Chief Joseph A. Pratt 2 Carolyn Farb: Fundraiser Extraordinaire A Conversation with Carolyn Farb and Bob Boudreaux  10 Los La Rottas de Houston: A Colombian Family’s Immigration Story By Alex La Rotta 15 Binding People Together in The Church of Jesus Christ […]

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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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An American Chinese in Houston

E. K. T. Chen spent half his life a Texan and died a patriot in Washington, DC, on October 16, 1957, while preventing Chinese internment during the Korean War. This is the story of the extraordinary things accomplished by this ordinary son of Chinese immigrants that benefited all Americans, and my efforts to continue his […]

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The Chew family gathers to pay respects to their ancestors at the cemetery in Vietnam, Easter, 1965.

Vietnamese and Chinese American Cultures

By Jessica Chew For many Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, an international refuge meant hope for survival. Other Asian ethnicities, including the Chinese, looked to the United States with optimism for a better future. Several Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants found their new home in Houston, raising first-generation, American-born children while trying to preserve a piece of their old society. Vietnam War refugees faced […]

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