Cookbooks as a Surprising Window into Our Past

Why study cookbooks? They offer so many insights into people today and in the past. For those of us interested in women’s studies, cookbooks provide women’s voices when few other resources recorded them. Cookbooks tell us what traditions women wanted to preserve and transmit by inviting us to see the recipes women treasured from their grandmothers and shared with family and guests around holiday tables. Whether those foods were cooked by the women themselves or instructions were provided for household help is also part of what we find in cookbooks. Thus we see how ...

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Our History is Becoming History

Houston doesn't have much patience for memories. The only permanent thing here is change. Houston tears down, Houston starts over. And then Houston tears down again. Remembering the Houston that used to be is a cherished community tradition, like compulsively bragging about diversity, or pretending you frequent Discovery Green. Once in awhile, a building evades the wrecking ball and suffers the indignity of gradual decline, turned into a pawn shop or storefront church, or just left for dead with vandals and varmints and the relentless weather orchestrating a slow ...

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Un-Cross Talk with Jacqui Sutton, August 2017

Urban and Rural: Come Together Now So, why have I titled my upcoming immersive concert "Un-Cross Talk"? It came about as I was thinking about last year’s election, and how the narrative seemed to focus on a divide between rural and urban America; how each simply doesn’t understand the other. You’ve seen those talking-head news/opinion programs that seem designed to inspire "crossfire", and crosstalk (talking over one another), instead of "to" one another. The word crosstalk also has a second connotation of anger ("crossness"), and the whole exercise seems to be ...

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Un-Cross Talk with Jacqui Sutton, June 2017

Following in the tradition of Miss Ann’s Playpen, I welcome you to Jacqui’s version of the Playpen, known locally as the Frontier Jazz Orchestra—a chamber style jazz ensemble that is described as where jazz meets the American Frontier. The playpens and playhouses that populated Houston’s Third Ward were musical, sonic refuges for everyday folks to jam and sing the blues. You mixed it up and you learned and you grew. I created the Frontier Jazz Orchestra as a kind of musical refuge—a safe space to experiment with the fusion of jazz, bluegrass, blues, musical ...

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HHA On KPFT Open Journal: Houston’s Lost Restaurants

Houston History Alliance’s Cecelia Ottenweller joins Paul Galvani to discuss Houston’s Lost Restaurants and the hole their absence have left in our hearts and our taste buds.  

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The Houston History Alliance and The Handbook of Houston on Houston Matters

Our own Lindsay Scovil Dove visits Houston Matters to discuss , a comprehensive reference guide on all things Houston history and review culture, created as a joint project between the and The Houston History Alliance.  Make sure you check out this incredible segment!

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HHA’s Board President Discusses The Handbook of Houston on KPFT’s Open Journal

Cecelia Ottenweller was recently invited to KPFT’s Open Journal to discuss the joint review project of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and the Houston History Alliance (HHA), The Handbook of Houston.

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African-Americans in Texas History – The 2016 San Jacinto Symposium

Estabanico, a North African Slave, was the first documented African to arrive in Texas. He was part of the ill-fated Narvaez expedition that set sail from Spain for the New World in 1527. To make a long story – a really long story – short, Estabanico was one of only four survivors – including the famous Cabeza de Vaca – out of the hundreds that sailed. Shipwrecked on what is believed to be Galveston Island, the four men eventually walked all the way across the continent to the Pacific coast of what would become Mexico.Millions of Africans have come ...

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History Professionals – A “Don’t Miss” Opportunity!

March 14 – 15, the in Industry, California is hosting their workshop. It is sponsored by the and it will teach participants how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a museum/historic site context.If you go, take a real project with you! You’re going to work with peers to apply project management principles to your project, then return home 十大外汇交易平台比较 ready to continue it with your institution in an efficient, orderly and open manner. (I get goosebumps just thinking about it… orderly… wow!)You ...

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Save Mt. Mariah Baptist Church, First African American Church in Fort Bend County!

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