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Nina Vance & the Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre has gone through many stages since its creation by founder Nina Vance. This article covers the story about how today’s Alley Theatre came to be in its location on Texas Avenue and the influence that Nina Vance had on the design of the current building.

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Attention to Detail: The Architecture of Lucian T. Hood, Jr.

Legendary architect Lucian T. Hood had a career that spanned more than three decades, and style that transcended the modernism of the 1950s and the conservatism of the 1980s. His attention to detail created a reputation that garnered the attention of Houston’s famous and wealthy, designing houses in River Oaks, Riverside Terrace, and Memorial Villages.

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15.1 Wrecks and Redemption Table of Contents

Download the full pdf. Vol. 15, No. 1 (Fall 2017) Letter from the Editor by Debbie Z. Harwell 2 Seeing Frost Town from the bottom up: Using Archeology and Archives to Reconstruct a Forgotten Houston Neighborhood By Jason W. Barrett, Douglas K. Boyd, and Louis F. Aulbach 8 The 1947 Texas City Disaster: Changing Lives […]

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Houston History Bus, Bringing the Past Alive

Mister McKinney recently fulfilled one of his dreams when he rolled out the Houston History Bus. “The Houston History Bus is a truly unique and immersive experience,” R. W. McKinney explains. “We acquired a retired school bus and reconfigured it into a mobile classroom. We cut the roof off, removed the windows, and installed a […]

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14.2 Civil Rights Table of Contents

Download the full pdf. Vol. 14, No. 2 (Spring 2017) Letter from the Editor by Debbie Z. Harwell 2 Camp Logan 1917: Beyond the Veil of Memory By Matthew Crow 8 Remembering “The Mouse that Roared”: Eleanor Tinsley and Houston By Marina DonLevy Shimer 13 Guadalupe Quintanilla: Defying the Odds By Adriana Castro 18 The […]

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Letter from the Editor

Pieces of History By Debbie Z. Harwell My parents were born in the early 1910s and had definite ideas about racial boundaries. Growing up in Houston I learned from an early age, “You don’t socialize with them.” Although I do not specifically remember being told to whom “them” referred, the meaning was clear. As I […]

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Camp Logan 1917

By Matthew Crow Few of Houston’s residents today realize that during World War I Houston had a military base just west of downtown. Camp Logan, one of sixteen auxiliary military training camps established during the era, sprawled across much of the area that is now Memorial Park, south from Washington Avenue and across the bayou […]

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The Mouse that Roared: Eleanor Tinsley

In the late 1960s Mrs. James Tinsley set a shining example of domesticity in the local press as the “clever hostess,” behind the University of Houston history department’s annual dessert and coffee party. The genteel mother of three rounded out this image teaching Sunday school and offering piano lessons to elementary-aged children at her home […]

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