CPOTM December 2017: Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum

The Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum is the Houston History Alliance's Community Partner of the Month for December 2017.  This museum is "dedicated to the preservation of historic structures on their original homesteads through internships, archaeology, educational & community programs", all surrounding the African Diaspora in Houston. This museum is named after Rutherford B. H. Yates, a civic and religious leader in Houston's 4th ward, previously known as Freedman's Town, a center of African American business and culture since the Civil War. You can also ...

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A Historic Schoolhouse Needs a New Home

Commuters whizzing by on North Shepherd hardly pay a glance to the foliage covered red house near West 15th Street. They are more interested in getting in and out of Heights Veterinary Clinic next door. After all, it's been there forever, nothing to see here. Bypasses by the naked eye at 40 miles per hour, however, is a forgotten piece of Houston's history. When you look close, the flagpole out front reveals that this was once the Lowell Street School, a traditional little red schoolhouse that has waited at this spot to be the classroom of Houston's famous and not so ...

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CPOTM November 2017: National Museum of Funeral History

The National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH) is the Houston History Alliance's Community Partner of the Month for November 2017.  This museum is unlike anything you have ever experienced!  You can discover America's largest collection of funeral service items such as coffins, caskets and hearses while learning about the funerals of Presidents, Popes and celebrities. We chose this community for this specific month because this month contains the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, also know as Day of the Dead. The NMFH has an event in celebration of this special ...

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CPOTM October 2017: Italian Cultural and Community Center

The Italian Cultural & Community Center is the Houston History Alliance's Community Partner of the Month for October 2017.  This group's purpose is to "advance, celebrate and preserve the Italian culture and heritage for all Houstonians through educational, cultural and social programs, as well as, scholarships for graduating high school students." Every fall, this group presents the Houston Italian Festival, which benefits local non-profits and numerous educational programs and events.  Though their event has already come and gone this year, be sure to check ...

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CPOTM September 2017: Memorial Park Conservancy

The Memorial Park Conservancy is the Houston History Alliance's Community Partner of the Month for September 2017.  This group is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and enhancement of Houston's beautiful Memorial Park. They believe that the quality of life in Houston is directly impacted by the quality of its parks and do everything they can to provide us all with a beautiful park experience. Coming up, they are having an event called Bridge Bash, on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Memorial Park's iconic Living Bridge is the setting for a night of food, drink, ...

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A Million Words Are Not Enough

The inside of me is a journalist. The outside of me is a curious human being, just like everybody else. The difference is, I was trained to bring the outside of me to the inside of me, and put it into words. That's a big task right now. August 26, 2017, as I watch Houston being devastated by a flood that has not happened in this size in recorded history. This event is happening as I write, and as much as I want to jump out and help, writing is the only safe thing to do right now. The scale of this is almost beyond words, because it is beyond belief. This has happened ...

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Mack Henry Hannah, Jr.

In 1958, Mack Henry Hannah Jr. (1904-1994), a self-made business genius and probably once the wealthiest black in Texas, opened the first black-owned Savings and Loan in Texas at the northwest corner of Dowling Street (now Emancipation Blvd) and Wheeler, one of his many business successes. His business sign can still be seen there on the original building. Other businesses included real estate development, church construction, a funeral home and shrimping. He was widely involved in civic organizations and the NAACP. He graduated from Bishop College in 1927 where he won ...

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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

Photo credit: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics © 2013. 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. ...

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