Houston Proud

Remembering a Turning Point for Houston's Gay Community 40 Years Ago

A monumental event took place in front of City Hall on June 16, 1977, without which there would be no Pride Parade as we know it.

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

Ice House

How Did Heights Funeral Home Grow Into the World's Largest Death-Care Company?

What began as a small family funeral home in the 1920s is now a modern, booming business.

02/20/2017 By Alice Levitt

Higher Learning

Rice University Adds Rapper Pimp C's Archives to Hip-Hop Collection

Along with former rap partner Bun B, Rice professor Anthony Pinn is preserving Pimp C's work for future generations to study.

02/13/2017 By Camilo Smith

Preview

The New Handbook of Houston Features Historic Bayou City Citizens Who Made a Difference

From UH's first black homecoming queen to the woman who helped Houston fight off tuberculosis, these are the people who shaped our 180-year old city.

02/02/2017 By Rafa Farihah

FINALLY

The Astrodome Gets Its Landmark Status from the Texas Historical Commission

No significant alterations can be made—including demolition—without permission from the state.

01/27/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ultimate Guide to Buffalo Bayou Park

What's Up Next For Buffalo Bayou?

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is already hard at work on the next leg of redevelopment east of Allen's Landing.

01/23/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Ice House

How Did the Once-Largest Bank Heist in Houston History Happen?

Fifty years ago, with the Bayou City exploding, a bank that couldn’t keep up paid the price.

01/23/2017 By Adam Doster

Obituary

Noted "Force of Nature" Terry Hershey Has Passed Away

The conservationist was one of the great champions of Houston's oft-overlooked natural side.

01/19/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Food History

What Did Texans Eat in the 19th Century?

A tour of menus in the days when lunch was "dinner" and dinner was "tea."

11/11/2016 By Victoria Haneveer

Preservation

Saving Houston's History, One Home at a Time

Of the 15 historic Houston homes in this River Oaks oasis originally spared the wrecking ball, 11 will soon be relocated to make room for a high-rise development.

10/27/2016 By Marene Gustin

Hidden Houston

A Houston Sports Fan’s Lament

To be a Bayou City supporter is to be perpetually disappointed—and perpetually hopeful.

10/26/2016 By Jeff Balke