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Is the Texas Almanac Still Necessary in the Era of Smartphones?

In our line of work, once in a while you need help pronouncing a person’s name or the name of a place. Take, for example, the small town about 50 miles east of downtown Houston that spells its name A-N-A-H-U-A-C. Well, if you had a copy of the Texas Almanac, you could easily find out […]

Texas Almanac Book CoverIn our line of work, once in a while you need help pronouncing a person's name or the name of a place. Take, for example, the small town about 50 miles east of downtown Houston that spells its name A-N-A-H-U-A-C. Well, if you had a copy of the Texas Almanac, you could easily find out that town pronounces its name "anna-WHACK." (Go fightin' Panthers by the way!)

Or let's say you're a researcher who needs to know how much cotton the state produced the last couple years. Well, that's in the Texas Almanac too – along with countless other details about the history of the state, economic data, arts and culture – and even the records of high school sports teams.

The almanac was first published in 1857 in Galveston and last month released its 2016 – 2017 edition (now published by the Texas State Historical Association). Michael Hagerty talked with editor Elizabeth Alvarez and asked her if a printed volume of such information was still necessary in the age of smartphones and the Internet.

MORE: Texas Almanac Searchable Archive

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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