History

History

Meyerland and the Rise of Houston’s Largest Jewish Community

Often fraught with racial, political, and environmental challenges, the path to the Meyerland we know today hasn’t always been a smooth one.

01/13/2023 By Anna Rajagopal

Winter Storm Uri

Remembering Houston's Deep Freeze of 2021

Hard lessons learned from an unprecedented winter storm.

12/21/2022 By Shelby Stewart Illustrations by Michael Byers

Docuseries

The Story Behind Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields

The 25-acre of land in League City, just a mile from I-45 right outside of Houston, is called the Texas Killing Fields.

12/06/2022 By Shelby Stewart

Best New Restaurants 2022

The 11 Families Behind Some of Houston's Greatest Food Empires

Meet the people behind Houston’s most influential food dynasties.

11/08/2022 By Phoebe Gibson

Space City

Still Standing: An Inside Look Into Galveston’s Historic Homes

These houses date back to the 1800s and offer a glimpse into the island’s affluent past.

10/12/2022 By Brianna Benitez

Hispanic Heritage

How Houston's Afro-Latino Garifuna Community Is Keeping Its Culture Alive

The small-but-mighty Garifuna community in Houston is upholding their Central American roots.

09/28/2022 By Juan Antonio Sorto

SPOOKY SEASON

8 of the (Supposedly) Most Haunted Places in Houston

The Downtown tunnels, the Rice Hotel, and the Julia Ideson building make up some of Houston's spookiest spots.

09/27/2022 By Shelby Stewart and Anna Rajagopal

History

Rodeo History: A Ten-Gallon Tale

The founders of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo never expected it to become what it is today

02/17/2022 By John Nova Lomax

Essay

Memories of AstroWorld Then and Now

"It was the epicenter of fun for Houston kids up until 2005."

11/04/2021 By Amy Müller

A Process of Discovery

Uncover Your Ancestry With Houston's Genealogy Library

From digitized records to family stories, Clayton Library can help you explore your roots.

11/02/2021 By Geneva Diaz

Hidden Figures

Looking Deeper at the Massive New Juneteenth Mural in Galveston

Who and what will you find in Reginald Adams's "Absolute Equality"?

06/18/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Freedom On The Strand

How Galveston Is Honoring Its Role as the Birthplace of Juneteenth

The Juneteenth Legacy Project pays homage to June 19, 1865, with the new "Absolute Equality" mural.

06/18/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Boldest and grandest 

5 Ways to Celebrate Texas Independence Day in Houston Today

A pandemic isn’t going to squash our pride. 

03/02/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt

Play Ball

Learn the History of African American Baseball Through This Tour at Minute Maid Park

The hour-long tour chronicles the segregation and integration of baseball, the heyday of the Negro National League, and Houston’s connection to the sport’s greatest players.

02/12/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt

On the Hunt for History

Houston Suffragists Project Is Trying to Track Down Historic Harris County’s Female Voters

The group has also created an online, interactive map using all the information, but it needs you help to finish it.

09/14/2020 By Rebecca Noel

H-Town Diary

Coming of Age in the Third Ward

A native of the Tre reflects on her upbringing in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

09/14/2020 By SaMantha Shields

A Centennial of Suffrage

Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

And the fight Houston women waged to win it.

08/26/2020 By Emma Schkloven

A Centennial of Suffrage

Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

And the fight Houston women waged to win it.

08/26/2020 Edited by Emma Schkloven

The Woman's Hour

Timeline: Women's Suffrage in Houston

From the founding of the first women's suffrage club to seeing three Black candidates on the 1920 ballot, Houston has deeper ties to suffrage than you might think.

08/26/2020 By Emma Schkloven

We Go High

In the Face of Segregation, Black Suffragists Fought for the Vote in Houston

As historians turn their focus to the untold aspects of the women's suffrage story, the efforts of these women are catching the public eye.

08/26/2020 By Emma Schkloven