Help save KPRC 2, Texas history: Here’s how to donate your old A/V equipment to help preservation effort
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is calling for donations of video decks and other equipment in the organization’s undertaking of preserving Texas’ digital history, which includes thousands of archived KPRC 2 tapes.
Discovery of Titanic was like finding treasure for historians, collectors
Tuesday marks the anniversary of a significant discovery made in an ocean: Sept. 1 is the 35th anniversary of the remains of the Titanic being discovered in the Atlantic, an occasion that brought headlines around the world in 1985.
Peek inside the DeLorean Motor Company headquarters in Humble
The car made famous by the movie ‘Back to the Future’ is headed to the future with its first new model in 40 years. That is right, a new DeLorean has been announced and in anticipation of its arrival, Houston Life headed to Classic DeLorean in Humble to take a look at a bit of the company’s history.
Texas time machine: Step back in time with these vintage photos of Big Bend National Park
Located along a distinctive bend of the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border, the 801,832-acre wonderland of gorges, mountain peaks, canyons and mesas known as Big Bend National Park is often referred to as Texas’ Gift to the Nation.
A look at some of the world’s major crowd disasters
Fans at a Houston music festival surged toward the stage during a performance by rapper Travis Scott, triggering panic in the crowd and leaving at least eight people dead and many more injured, authorities said. Here’s a look at some of the major crowd disasters in recent decades:
The haunted history behind Dean’s Downtown, the spooky Houston bar with plenty of boos
They say the more spirits you drink, the more spirits you see, and you’ll definitely want some liquid courage to brave this historic haunt in the heart of Houston. Located near the corner of Preston and Main St., Dean’s Downtown boasts a rich history dating back more than 120 years. Today, the former department store turned bar is still a hot spot for activity, and we don’t just mean for happy hour. Katie Harrison, Operations Manager of Nightly Spirits, shared her expertise on the historic building.
‘Candy Man’ Dean Corll was shot dead 48 years ago. Texas EquuSearch will soon begin searching for the remains of any additional victims
48 years ago, Dean Corll, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers, was shot dead at his home in Pasadena, Texas. Texas EquuSearch announced Sunday it will soon begin searching for the remains of any additional victims.
‘The power of living history’: Meet the woman who’s helping to preserve Texas’ Black history
The gift of storytelling is an art form that has the ability to entertain, educate and even heal. Naomi Mitchell Carrier has been using her talents to teach a generation through powerful performances. From writing and composing the renowned historical musical “I Am Annie Mae” to founding the Texas Center for African American Living History (TCAALH), Carrier is helping to lead the charge to preserve Texas’ Black history and has no plans of slowing down.
5 of Houston’s oldest bakeries, dessert destinations
In Houston’s food scene, high value is often placed on innovation, novelty and aesthetics -on the most Insta-worthy menu items, the most unique dining experience or the latest foodie fad. It is no wonder, then, that so many of the city’s oldest bakeries and dessert shops have disappeared.
Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 years later: Why it happened and why it’s still relevant today
Just decades after slavery in the United States left Black Americans in an economic and societal deficit, one bright spot stood out in Tulsa, Oklahoma — its Greenwood District, known as the “Black Wall Street,” where Black business leaders, homeowners, and civic leaders thrived.
51 years later, Apollo 13 astronauts reflect on historic mission
On April 11, 1970, three astronauts and a team here on Earth dared to attempt what was expected to be the third moon landing. However, just shy of 56 hours into the mission, the crew experienced a problem that would turn into a full-fledged effort to get the crew back to Earth alive.
$15 dollar minimum wage: What would it mean?
What are the pros and cons associated with a 15 dollar minimum wage increase? Dr. Joyce Beebe is an economist and Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Yates Museum works to purchase and rehab properties in Freedmen’s Town. Yates Museum· Website: https://www.rbhy.org/Catherine Roberts, Co-Founder/Board Member, Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum· Website: https://www.rbhy.org/
These Houston podcasters are sharing black history to a new generation
HOUSTON – The figure of Martin Luther King is so pivotal, that continues to be an important topic of conversation for a local podcast. It’s called Gentlemen’s History Hour and its hosted by Equality and Rob Jay 10X. They chatted with Houston Life about this remarkable project and what they want people to know about Dr. King on this important holiday. Gentlemen's History Hour Podcast (Gentlemen's History Hour Podcast)In the podcast, the duo breaks down the current state of African American culture in a quick and informative conversation. The Gentlemen’s History Hour podcast airs every Thursday at 11am via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.
31 Houston-area eateries that have stood the test of time
In Houston’s restaurant scene, high value is often placed on innovation, novelty and newness -on the trendiest restaurant, the most unique dining experience or the latest foodie fad. His children own and operate the only Christie’s restaurant location still operating. Texas barbecue legend John Davis and his wife Leila opened the historic Houston restaurant in 1935 as Shepherd Drive Bar-B-Q. The eatery still operated out of its original location, situated at 7006 I-45 South at Woodridge. Following the success of its original location, several additional locations followed and a local fried chicken empire was born.
A former Astroworld employee reminisces about the most coveted summer job in Houston
A job at AstroWorld was the hottest thing a teenager could do in Houston in the ’80s. But when our school bus passed by AstroWorld, I often stared at the spectacular rides tucked behind the gate. AstroWorld was ours; it belonged to the children of Houston, not the world or even Texas at large, although we were willing to share. As a child, I remember the sights, sounds, and smells at AstroWorld constantly changing with each new turn in the park. In addition to manning the games and rides, AstroWorld workers were constantly hawking some candy or treat for a few bucks.
Live like royalty: This Texas castle is up for grabs-- but, it’ll cost you a king’s ransom
Terrell had become fascinated by the French chateaus and Belgium castles he had seen whilst abroad. Noted architect Alfred Giles, an Englishman and Texas transplant, designed the castle for Terrell. Giles was a prolific architect and designed a multitude of private homes and public buildings in Texas, many of which are now on the National Register of Historic Places and have been designated Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. If you’re ready to call this castle your forever home, give listing agent Julie Alexander a ring at (210) 872-0109. Whether or not you’re interested in relocating to San Antonio, you can still enjoy this stately structure, courtesy of the internet.
Trust Index: A trending meme is inaccurate, but COVID-19 is killing an historic number of people
Daily COVID-19 deaths in December are listed on a trending social media graphic showing the 10 deadliest days in U.S. history. RELATED: The chilling story behind the ‘Deadliest Days in American history’ meme (CNET)RELATED: Did 4 of the deadliest days in U.S. history occur in December 2020? (Snopes)Recent daily COVID-19 death totals are among the worst in U.S. history, but the graphic leaves out other terrible days, including the entire Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. 1, though we couldn’t find daily death totals. The meme shows daily COVID-19 fatalities for several days in early December rival these historic tragedies.
Gen. Chuck Yeager, first person to break sound barrier, dies at 97
HOUSTON – Gen. Chuck Yeager, a fighter pilot best known as becoming the first person to break the sound barrier, died Monday. Born in West Virginia, Yeager enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and flew during World War II and shot down more than a dozen German planes. On Oct. 14, 1947, Yeager flew a rocket plan called “Glamorous Glennis” over the Mojave Desert to break the sound barrier. Yeager went on to become a trainer of some of the first American astronauts. He made an appearance in the movie “The Right Stuff,” which is about the early days of the American space program.
A sightseeing journey of the billboards of Houston, 55 years after LBJ’s beautification act
What do the billboards that remain have to say about Houston? To fully ponder the impact and meaning of billboards in my hometown, what better way than to drive its length east to west? One of the first things I noticed was that billboards were relatively few compared to the days of my youth. This seems to bear more than a little truth, especially in a car-besotted city like Houston. As for the second question, what emerged after four or five hours of driving was a dichotomy dividing (broadly speaking) blue-collar industrial east Houston and white-collar residential west.
Transition of power, throughout the years: Most cases peaceful, some awkward
When President Donald Trump lost November 2020′s election, it marked just the 11th time in U.S. history an incumbent president was beaten in a re-election bid. On the surface, it seems like it might be an awkward transition -- in which the current president vacates his office and is forced to witness the inauguration of his successor. In the middle of the night before the inauguration was scheduled to start, Adams departed Washington, D.C. and started his post-presidential life. 1828There was some bad blood between incumbent president John Quincy Adams and challenger Andrew Jackson, which stemmed from a controversial ending to the 1824 election that involved both men. 1932This was not a peaceful transition of power between outgoing president Herbert Hoover and the man who defeated him in the election, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Historic African American cemetery restored in Conroe after 128 years
CONROE – It has been over a century since an African American cemetery has been lost in Conroe. Over the past several years, The Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project has been working to clean up, restore and preserve the cemetery. It was simply known as the Conroe Cemetery, No-Name Cemetery or the Community Cemetery, among the older African Americans in Conroe. John Meredith, the treasure for the Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project, says they’ve discovered 38 marked graves and 111 unknown graves so far. To learn more about The Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project, visit here.
Houston History: KPRC introduces ‘The Big 2 Instant News Camera’ during the election of 1974
It wasn’t until 1974 when KPRC 2 introduced a new piece of equipment that would change its news coverage forever. #Houston's @KPRC2 introduced the Big 2 Instant News Camera on #ElectionDay 1974, reporting from multiple candidate HQs simultaneously. https://t.co/HKDIZNPAIp — TAMI (@texasarchive) November 3, 2020Prior to 1974, ‘Big 2 News’ had to do a variety of steps to get footage on air for its newscasts. On November 5, 1974, KPRC 2 introduced the ‘Big 2 Instant News Camera’ on Election Day. Photojournalist shooting KPRC reporter with the Big 2 Instant News camera (KPRC)The Big 2 Instant News Camera changed the way KPRC delivered its news.
Prada Marfa celebrates 15 years of high fashion in the West Texas desert
“That’s the tiny town in the middle of the desert with a Prada store, right?” Well, yes and no. Prada Marfa is not in Marfa proper, but instead a 40-minute drive west, outside Valentine. Built 15 years ago, Prada Marfa borrows elements from pop art, minimalism, and land art. “Pre-social media, it was left to its own devices for a long time,” Elmgreen told Ballroom Marfa in an interview celebrating the piece’s 15th anniversary. Instead of collapsing back into dust, Prada Marfa became a destination in its own right.
Hardworking suffragists secured Texas women’s right to vote
During that time period, Texas women formed suffrage clubs in cities like Denison, Taylor, Granger, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Hobby called a special legislative session to discuss granting women the right to vote, and on March 26, 1918, he signed the bill into law. White women knew white men would not support any measure that allowed Black women to vote—or that encouraged interaction between white women and Black men at polling places—so they excluded Black women from their suffrage organizations. Game-ChangersThese prominent activists changed the way Texans thought about women’s right to vote. As a journalist for Laredo newspapers, she supported women’s suffrage and urged women to participate in the public sphere.
Historic Texas ship the Elissa to celebrate 143rd birthday with dockside party
The Official Tall Ship of Texas, the Elissa is celebrating its 143rd trip around the sun. The Galveston Historical Foundation is commemorating the occasion with a seaport celebration on Saturday, Oct. 24. Through the years, the ship changed hands and names multiple times, sometimes going by Fjeld, Gustaf, Christophoros and Achaios, according to the Texas State Historical Association. In 1978, the Galveston Historical Foundation brought the ship from Greece to Galveston, restored the vessel and converted it into a floating museum. Fun fact: In 1978 the ship became the first item outside the United States to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Texas State Historical Association.
Own a piece of history: This 137-year-old Galveston home on the market is a Texas Architectural Landmark
Say hello to 1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House, an architectural gem located in the Island’s Silk Stocking Historic District. The home is one of three near-identical Folk Victorian houses built by the Galveston Real Estate and Loan Association. In 1894, Bavarian immigrant Adolph Frenkel purchased the home for himself and his wife Regina (hence the home’s name). The Galveston Historic Homes Tour featured the residence twice and recently, the home was designated a Texas Architectural Landmark. 1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)1883 Adolph & Regina Frenkel House (HAR)Looking for more posh Texas properties?
Jewish family’s painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned
The painting, discovered in an upstate New York museum, was part of a cache of art seized by the Nazis from the Mosse family in Berlin in 1933. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)(AP) – A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. “The Mosse family lost nearly everything because they were Jews. Hoffmann heads the Mosse Art Research Initiative, a university-based collaboration involving Mosse heirs and German public cultural institutions. Federal authorities were contacted as Mosse Art Restitution Project manager J. Eric Bartko was working to get the painting returned from the museum.
Rudolph and his nose-so-bright into auction will take flight
This image released by Profiles in History shows a Santa Clause and Rudolph reindeer puppet used in the filming of the 1964 Christmas special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." (Profiles in History via AP)LOS ANGELES – Rudolph and his still-shiny nose are getting a new home, and it's bound to be a lot nicer than the Island of Misfit Toys. The soaring reindeer and Santa Claus figures who starred in in the perennially beloved stop-motion animation Christmas special “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” are going up for auction. Auction house Profiles in History announced Thursday that a 6-inch-tall Rudolph and 11-inch-tall Santa used to animate the 1964 TV special are being sold together in the auction that starts Nov. 13 and are expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000. The figures would make their way to the New York offices of Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass.
Did you know the Houston Zoo has its own resident ghost?
The Houston Zoo opened in Hermann Park in the 1920s and acquired its first ghost just two decades later. The adventurous, German-born lion-tamer Hans Nagel was the institution’s first zookeeper. During his tenure, Nagel, a media darling who’s wild antics were fodder for local newspapers, would become a well-known figure about town.
Theses mysterious tales reveal the history of Halloween in Texas
HOUSTON – With Halloween around the corner, here is a snapshot of how Halloween arrived in Texas. West Texas' glowing lightsThere is a old tale of glowing lights in the sky in West Texas, according to KVUE. As history has it, people can view the light sighting late at night on US-90 between Alpine and Marfa. The house was built in 1893 for Civil War veteran George Littlefield and his wife Alice Littlefield, according to Curbed. The Victorian home is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Alice, who roams the property and nearby dormitories.
Ghastly ghosts: Have you visited these 4 spooky spots in Galveston?
Throughout its history, Galveston has played host to tragedy and death. With events like the Great Galveston Storm of 1900 in its past, it’s no wonder islanders and tourists alike have reported sighting ghastly apparitions at locations throughout the island. Whether you believe in the paranormal, or you just enjoy a spooky story, you don’t have to try too hard to find either in Galveston.