History comes from stories, often told in grand narratives, and one of this nation’s grand narratives is the rise of the offshore energy industry. History tends to be written from documents, but oral history collections preserve the memories of ordinary and extraordinary people. Where could one find answers to the question: Who were the people […]
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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.
First Providence Then Prosperity
Past the easternmost boundaries of Houston lies the ancient Neches River, where various settlements formed along the banks long before our region’s towns, highways, and industries emerged. This “ideal place for a town” became Tevis Bluff…
Keeping Cajun Music Alive
Pe-Te Johnson was born in Grand Taso, near Eunice, Louisiana. His ancestors are direct descendants of the Acadians expelled from Nova Scotia in the mid-eighteenth century. His last name, Johnson, is the Anglo version of his Acadian sir name, Jeansonne. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in […]
Houston’s Helping Hand: Remembering Katrina
Our late Oral History Director, Ernesto Valdes, conceived the idea of a fifth anniversary commemorative issue of Houston’s response to Hurricane Katrina. This issue features oral history interviews with many Houstonians who helped with the relief effort. Click here to view the pdf of Volume 7, Number 3.
Racer’s Storm: The Benchmark Hurricane of 1837
To read the full text of this article by James L. Glass that appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Houston History, download the pdf version.
The 1915 Hurricane: Texas Tempest
To read the full text of this article by Jim Saye that appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Houston History, download the pdf version.