About The Houston History Alliance


We are a connection point and catalyst between the general public and Houston’s many history-centric organizations – our Community Partners – whose mission it is to tell a particular part of the city’s story. We recognize that the connection between historian and community must not be a one-way relationship; every person is in their own way a curator, genealogist, and historian and collectively our community is a vast repository of the city’s history since its founding in 1836.

Our History

Formerly known as the Houston History Association, the Alliance’s new name reinforces the group’s commitment to serving as a resource for Houston’s existing historical, preservation, and educational organizations and institutions.

Formed in 2005 by then-Mayor Bill White and Betty Trapp Chapman, the Association was intended to provide a common forum for educating Houstonians about the city’s history.

We hold an annual Houston History Conference, and are producing the Handbook of Houston History in conjunction with the Texas State Historical Association. The Handbook will be published online as part of TSHA’s Handbook of Texas. We also maintain a website (www.houstonhistoryalliance.org), generate a newsletter and wrote the “Guide for Researching Neighborhood Histories.” As we move forward, we will expand our programming to further spread the word about Houston’s diverse past.

When does something or someone become “historic”?

The answer? NOW. As INXS said, “All you got is this moment… The 21st Century’s Yesterday.”

What kinds of organizations partner with HHA?

Does your organization’s mission include informing the people of our community about how awesome Houston is and was? Then it is a perfect match to work with the Houston History Alliance: let’s do it together. Contact HHA to learn more or take a look at our current community partners.