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West Houston was severely flooded by Harvey, but a small American flag remained to remind residents that all was not lost and that Houston would remain strong. Photo courtesy of Revolution Messaging, Flickr.

Stories from the Watersheds: How Harvey Impacted Houston’s Neighborhoods

By Nadia Abouzir Running along Buffalo Bayou, Eleanor Tinsley Park was completely submerged after Harvey’s rains. Photo courtesy of J. Daniel Escareño, Flickr. It is no secret that Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, but how did it impact the city’s individual communities? Floodplain maps offer insight into where the risk is greatest to experience a 100- or 500-year flood, but many of the affected neighborhoods surpassed these thresholds […]

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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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Using social media to locate those in need and dispatch volunteers to assist them, Mrs. Gitty Francis (far right), along with her volunteer staff, ran the Hurricane Harvey relief operations of Chabad-Lubavitch, a worldwide Jewish movement with a focus on outreach activities.
Photo courtesy of Chabad of Texas Archive.

Connecting Through Chaos: How Social Media Platforms Helped Save Lives

By Syed Shahzeb Ayaz Using social media to locate those in need and dispatch volunteers to assist them, Mrs. Gitty Francis (far right), along with her volunteer staff, ran the Hurricane Harvey relief operations of Chabad-Lubavitch, a worldwide Jewish movement with a focus on outreach activities. Photo courtesy of Chabad of Texas Archive. During catastrophes, […]

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Houston’s Democratic Socialists of America chapter came together to help Houstonians after Hurricane Harvey. The volunteers helped out in people’s homes and raised money, which they used for cash cards to help those in need.
All photos courtesy of the Houston Democratic Socialists of America Facebook Group unless otherwise noted.

Activism After Harvey: The Democratic Socialists of America Respond

By Christopher Kessinger Houston’s Democratic Socialists of America chapter came together to help Houstonians after Hurricane Harvey. The volunteers helped out in people’s homes and raised money, which they used for cash cards to help those in need. Photos courtesy of the Houston Democratic Socialists of America Facebook Group. Before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Houston […]

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Beyond Social Justice: Black Lives Matter and Houston Relief Efforts

By Christopher Kessinger Brandi Holmes and Secunda Joseph spoke to Houston History about what motivated them to help those in need during Hurricane Harvey. Photo courtesy of Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey. Activists with Black Lives Matter-Houston and Project Curate, Brandi Holmes and Secunda Joseph formulated their own responses to Hurricane Harvey. The two began […]

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Water rose around Wayne Wilden’s hundred-year-old warehouse, now converted to apartments, during Hurricane Harvey. The stairs leading up to the Starry Night-inspired façade are completely submerged.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Wilden.

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Hurricane Harvey Through the Eyes of Houstonians

By Andrew Davis The scale of Hurricane Harvey was unfathomable. Between the nationwide volunteer efforts, the overtaxed first responders, the drone footage of I-10 looking like the Mighty Mississippi, and the sense that it affected everyone, the storm’s vast impact remains incomprehensible. Reflecting on those heady days, one of the best ways to understand what […]

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Downtown Houston, 1929.

Lest We Forget – A Photo Essay of Houston Floods

Houston will become “ …beyond all doubt, the great interior commercial emporium of Texas.” Thus bragged the Allen brothers in an August 1836 advertisement. Thirteen months later rains from a hurricane in September 1837 flooded the city’s Main Street to a depth of four feet. This inundation did not deter the city from its predicted […]

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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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