Ice House

Why Is It Only Our Sixth-Annual Oktoberfest?

Little remains of the Bayou City’s German heritage, although remnants can be found.

08/21/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Space Jam

Space Center Houston Launches Campaign to Restore Historic Mission Control

Historic Mission Control is taking a trip back to 1969, when Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon.

08/10/2017 By Cara Maines

Old Man Yells at Cloud

Houston "Ruined" According to Angry Front Lawn Sign

Was our city "better" in 1947? Given the general lack of air conditioning, for one—no.

07/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Let's Fly Away

Our Experience on Board the Legendary Douglas DC-3

“That is the airplane that changed the world.”

07/19/2017 By Allyson Waller

Identity Politics

Upper Kirby Wasn't Always Upper Kirby

A story of red telephone booths and creating a new identity for a once-nameless neighborhood.

07/19/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Into the Storm

How Weather Shaped Houston's History

Our inclement-weather-prone city has seen it all over the past 100 years—fires, hurricanes, floods, and yes, even snow storms. Let's talk about it.

07/18/2017 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt

Hunker Down

A Century of Stormy Weather in Photos

If there's anything that history teaches us, it's that no matter what we do or where we build, this city has and always will continue to flood.

07/18/2017 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt

Hunker Down

Has Houston Always Flooded?

Space City Weather's Eric Berger and Matt Lanza answer your most pressing questions about our city's weather and how it's changing.

07/18/2017 By Eric Berger and Matt Lanza

Hunker Down

When the Weather Gets Nasty, Houstonians Take Refuge in Laughter

It's better than panicking.

07/18/2017 By Jeff Balke

In Hot Water

As Floodwaters Rise, a Moment of Reckoning for Battleship Texas

Battleship Texas faces a moment of truth as millions are spent to keep it afloat.

06/28/2017 By Cara Maines

Houston Proud

Pride and Protests: Remembering the Night Anita Bryant Came to Town

Forty years ago, a protest against a former beauty queen changed Houston's gay community forever.

05/25/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Rooted in History

Houston's Oldest Park Debuts Its $33.6 Million Renovation

Although Emancipation Park informally opened at the beginning of the year, the Juneteenth Festival will mark its grand reopening.

05/25/2017 By Jeanne Lyons Davis

The Friendly Skies

Ellington Field Celebrates a Century of Flight This Weekend

Houston's first commercial spaceport boasts 100 years of aviation history.

05/08/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

This Place Matters

First of Dislodged Freedmen's Town Historic Bricks Replaced

After an overzealous construction team damaged the priceless historical artifacts, Mayor Turner made good on his promise to set it right.

05/01/2017 Photography by Roxanna Asgarian

Hill Country Guide

Your Seventh-Grade Texas History Class Will Come to Life in These Hill Country Towns

What you learned will all come back to you.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

The Drawl

A Look Back to 180 Years Ago, When Houston Was the Capital of Texas

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

03/21/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Go Texan

In Photos: The Trail Riders Arrive in Houston After 13 Long Journeys

Rodeo season officially arrived, too, as more than 3,000 riders along with their horses and wagons made their way into the city today.

03/03/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt Photography by Michael Paulsen

History

Remembering the Night Dan Rather 'Sassed' President Richard Nixon

Jones Hall witnessed one of the great press vs. president sparring matches in 1974.

02/21/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

The Crawfish Guide

How Houston Took the Louisiana Crawfish Tradition and Made It Our Own

Cajun crawfish didn’t take off in the Bayou City until 1976, but Houstonians' appetite for crawfish has exploded since then.

02/20/2017 By Robb Walsh

News

The Houston Zoo Is the Second Most-Visited Zoo in the Nation, All Thanks to You

Just 15 years ago, the Zoo was chronically underfunded — but that was before a public-private partnership changed everything.

02/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt