Handbook of Houston Launches March 2017


Inclusive compilation features more than 1,500+ stories about the people,

events and organizations that have shaped Houston

December 20, 2016 (Houston, Texas) An activist who became the first African-American homecoming queen. A man whose office was blazing oil fields. One of the first women to graduate from a Texas Medical School. The stories of these fascinating Houstonians, Lynn Eusan, Paul “Red” Adair, and Dr. Ray Karchmer Daily, are among the 1,500 encyclopedia-style entries featured in the new Handbook of Houston. This authoritative resource is the first city-focused history digest created as an offshoot of the popular Handbook of Texas. New Houston-specific entries have been added to the foundation of stories collected during the compilation of the state handbook. This enterprise began eight years ago and came to fruition through a joint partnership between the Texas State Historical Association and Houston History Alliance with support from the Houston Endowment. The Handbook of Houston will be launched online at the 121st Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association in Houston on March 2, 2017.

“Until now, there wasn’t one resource that provided free, easy-to-access information about the history of the great city of Houston and its people,” said Cecelia Ottenweller, Board Chair of the Houston History Alliance. “The Handbook of Houston will provide vetted profiles and stories that are Houston-centric for people who want to learn more about our past to inform our future.”

The Handbook of Houston is a growing project and contributions to the handbook will be accepted continuously. “There’s a lot of Houston’s history left to tell,” said Lindsay Scovil Dove, editor of the Handbook of Houston. “Consider writing an entry about Super Bowl VIII held in Houston in 1974 or Hurricane Ike or Benjamin Shepherd. There are so many compelling topics and people that have shaped our city. You can be part of the team that helps keep Houston’s history alive.” For details on how to create an entry and available topics visit the Handbook of Houston tab at http://www.houstonhistoryalliance.org.


The Handbook of Houston has been made possible with support from Houston Endowment, Texas State Historical Association and Houston History Alliance.

Houston History Alliance

The Houston History Alliance (HHA) works to connect the city’s numerous history focused organizations with the public. We were created from a public initiative to advocate for all the area’s history organizations to help them reveal the rich heritage of the greater Houston area to a broad audience.

HHA adds value to the community through partner networking activities, leadership guidance and opportunities to leverage local history resources. We work to connect individuals and entities passionate about the exploration, preservation and dissemination of Houston’s history. In doing so, HHA has a two-fold objective: that our activities help to expand our partners’ membership base and activities and, secondly, to engage the public and create a sense of awareness, pride, and ownership of the region’s history.


Susan Schmaeling




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