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How Do We Decide Whose Stories Get Told in History Class?

Posted on · Last month, the Houston school board voted unanimously to support teaching Mexican-American history and culture to more high school students. The resolution means the state’s largest school district wants the Texas Education Agency to include this kind of cultural class in the state’s new graduation plan. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said in a statement that in such a […]

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Cultural History and the Bayou City Food and Film Festival: Houston Matters for Friday, May 2, 2014

Posted on · Last month, the Houston school board voted unanimously to support teaching Mexican-American history and culture to more high school students. The resolution means the state’s largest school district wants the Texas Education Agency to include this kind of cultural class in the state’s new graduation plan. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said in a statement that in […]

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Houston-Area Students to Participate in Texas History Day Competition

Posted on · Over a thousand Texas students are heading to Austin this weekend to show off their knowledge in a state-level history fair. It’s part of Texas History Day, a yearlong education program that leads up to this weekend’s event. Students will present projects through papers, performances, documentaries and exhibits in hopes of moving on to the […]

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Jewish Culture in Houston is Growing Beyond ZIP Codes

Posted on · Passover begins next week, on the evening of Monday, April 14. And later this month, Houston Public Media TV 8 presents a new documentary entitled “The Story of the Jews.” With those two occasions, we thought we’d take the opportunity to learn about Houston’s Jewish population, history, and culture with Michael Duke of the Jewish […]

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Photo Exhibit Chronicles Life in Former Freedman’s Town

Posted on · FotoFest – Houston’s six-week-long, international biennial photography festival – is underway now through April 27, with photography exhibits and events around the city. This year’s FotoFest focuses on contemporary Arab video, photography and mixed media art. But there are exhibits focused on numerous other themes, including one that documents life in a little-known area near […]

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Were Allen Brothers Statues Intended to Be a Part of Houston’s City Hall?

Posted on · In 1836, John and Augustus Allen purchased more than six thousand acres along Buffalo Bayou and founded the city of Houston. Then, 103 years later in 1939, Houston’s present city hall building was completed. Now, as the building prepares to mark its 75th year this December, a group of Houstonians is trying to raise funds […]

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Funeral Museum Sees its Image Changing

Posted on · When you tell people you’re going to visit the National Museum of Funeral History, you’re bound to get at least one comment along the lines of “that sounds a bit morbid.” That’s exactly what happened last week to Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty. Michael took a tour of the museum with its president, Genevieve Keeney, who […]

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Exhibit Brings Replicas of World’s Oldest Art to Houston

Posted on · In September of 1940 four French boys discovered a long-forgotten cave full of prehistoric art. The Lascaux Cave, as it’s now known, has been dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of Pre-history,” because it’s adorned with ancient frescos of bulls, deer and bison. The caves have been closed to the public since the 1960s to protect them, […]