Miki Lusk Norton, Chair of Houston History Alliance Advisory Board
Miki is a 5th generation Houstonian. Three sets of great-grandparents arrived in Houston in 1884: the Lusks, the DeGeorges and the Gusemans. The fourth set, the Seldons, arrived in 1907. One of Miki’s great-great-grandmothers arrived in the early 20th century. All are buried in Houston.
After graduating from Lamar High School, Miki attended Marymount College of Virginia and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in History and a minor in Spanish. Her foreign studies included the University of the Americas in Mexico City and the University of Madrid in Spain.
After graduating from college, Miki spent her winters in Aspen, Colorado as a ski instructor at Aspen Highlands. Back in Houston during the summers she operated a summer program called Kiddie Kulture, which took children on tours of interesting and historical sites around the Houston area. She later became a licensed real estate broker and was a top residential producer in Houston from 1972-1981. She married neuro-radiologist Dr. Ralph E. Norton in 1981 and their son Michael resides in Austin where he works in education.
Over the last several years, Miki has traced ancestors on her paternal side through S. C., the American Revolution, War of 1812, Texas, the Texas Revolution and Houston.
Miki is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. On her maternal side, she has traced ancestors from Sicily and Ustica through New Orleans to Houston. In 1982, she assisted in research to gain a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark for the Auditorium Hotel, which was built in 1926 by her great-grandfather Michele DeGeorge. Recently, she and HHA Board of Trustees member Susan Cowles discovered “The Hollow”, one of Houston’s two early red-light districts where the Houston Theater District and The Lancaster Hotel, formerly the Auditorium Hotel, now stand.