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Registration is now available online for the Houston History Association's third annual Houston History Conference titled Rogues, Rascals, and Role Models: Famous and Infamous Residents of the Bayou City.
From the time Houston was founded in 1836, the city has attracted its share of both the celebrated and the notorious. Be they rogues, rascals or role models, their roles in shaping Houston's history will be discussed by Houston scholars and historians at the conference. The conference will also offer interactive Q&A sessions, break-out sessions, and exhibits and interactive displays from more than 20 historical and preservation groups.
Former Houston Mayor Bill White and Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson will open the daylong event, followed by the morning panel of speakers featuring historians James L. Haley; Dr. Joseph A. Pratt, University of Houston; and Dr. Melissa Kean, Rice University.
Award winning journalist Rick Casey, host of TPR's Texas Week, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. The Houston History Association (HHA) also will present the third "Betty Trapp Chapman Award" to Dr. Pratt for his remarkable career of research, writing and teaching about Houston's history (a bio on Pratt is included at the end of the release).
During the afternoon, a variety of speakers will give presentations on a wide range of topics including:
• Role Models in the Arts
-Emma Richardson Cherry: Houston's First Modern Artist, Randy Tibbits
-John Biggers and His Students: Founding the African American Arts Community in Houston, Danielle Burns
-The Hoggs: Hearsay and History, Dr. Virginia Bernhard • Women Educators on the Firing Line:
-Dr. Kate Bell: A Champion of Children, Anne Sloan
-Dr. Ray K. Daily: Standing Firm in the Face of Controversy, Betty Trapp Chapman
-Hattie Mae White: A Champion of the Children, Pamela Young • Legacies from Houston's LGBT Communities:
-Centering the Periphery: Latina Lesbianas in Houston, 1978-1994, Becky Smith
-Stop Hitting Us: The Roots of the Gay and Lesbian Struggle for Hate Crimes Legislation in Texas, 1990-1995, Christopher Haight
-Arden Eversmeyer and the Old Lesbians Oral Herstory Project, Dr. Brian Riedel
-Discussant: Dr. Maria Gonzalez • Happy Hollow: Business and Bordellos in Old Downtown Houston:
-Soiled Doves of Happy Hollow, Miki Norton and Susan Cowles
-Michael DeGeorge: The Under-told Story of an Early Houston Entrepreneur, Janet Wagner • Science, Faith and Civil Rights in Early Houston:
-William Fay Carothers, Early Houston Amateur Scientist and Evangelist, Thomas R. Williams
-Stephen Pearl Andrews and the Texas Abolition Project, William Lipscomb
-Mama Lue: An Early Role Model in Policing, Integration and Interfaith Dialogues, Bridget Jensen • Folk Art and Free Spirits:
-Folk Art and Free Spirits: Jess McKissack and John Malkovich, Barbara Hinton
-Creative Characters: 19th Century Artists and Artisans in Houston, Margaret Culbertson
-Unflinching Lens: The Photojournalism of Caroline Valenta Gatewood, J.R. Gonzales • In Their Own Words: Oral Sound Bites from the Houston Public Library:
-Julia Ideson and the Houston Public Library, Barbara Humphreys and Elizabeth Sargent
-Oral Sound Bites from the HMRC, Caroline Castillo and Jeanette Sewell • Hearts of Gold: George Hermann, Monroe D. Anderson, Will Horwitz and their Surprising Gifts to Houston:
-Two Bachelors and the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Bryant Boutwell
-Will Horowitz, David Welling
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