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Registration is open for the 2013 Houston History Conference: http://www.myhoustonhistory.com/Conference

I attended the last (only) two and I highly recommend it



Rogues, Rascals and Role Models: Famous and Infamous Residents of the Bayou City


May 4, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Houston Public Library, Julia Ideson Building

550 McKinney

Houston, Texas 77002


This year's conference is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Other major conference sponsors are:


The Lancaster Hotel & The Lusk Family

The Summerlee Foundation

Texas State Historical FoundationJim Fisher


Key conference partners are:


University of Houston Center for Public History

Houston History Magazine

The City of Houston

Houston Public Library

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park

Texas State Historical Association

Houston Independent School District


The Lancaster Hotel is the official hotel partner for HHA. Please contact for special rates, but be advised that major renovations at the hotel may limit availability: http://thelancaster.com




Former Houston Mayor Bill White and Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Houston Public Library Director, will open the day-long event followed by the morning panel of speakers featuring historians James L. Haley, Joseph A. Pratt, University of Houston, and Melissa Kean, Rice University.


Award winning journalist Rick Casey, host of Texas Talks, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. HHA will also present the third “Betty Trapp Chapman Award” to Dr. Joseph A. Pratt for his remarkable career of research, writing, and teaching about Houston’s history.


Visitors will have opportunities to network and to view exhibits and interactive displays from more than twenty historical and preservation groups. During the afternoon, a variety of speakers will be giving presentations on a wide range of topics including:


Role Models in the Arts

Women Educators on the Firing Line

Legacies from Houston’s LGBT Communities

Happy Hollow: Business and Bordellos in old downtown Houston

Science, Faith, and Civil Rights in early Houston

Folk Art and Free Spirits

In their own words: Oral History Sound Bites from the HMRC

Hearts of Gold: George Hermann, Monroe D. Anderson, Will Horwitz and their Surprising Gifts to Houston


Parking is available for an additional charge on the street and in nearby parking garages.

Suggested Parking: The most reasonably priced parking suggestions are the 1100 Smith Garage and the underground Theater District Parking. These garages run in the neighborhood of $5-$7 for all day parking on Saturday.


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