History in Print author series
- Up next: Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013
On Tuesday evening, June 11, Preservation Houston’s History in Print series will feature award-winning author Steven Fenberg discussing his book Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good, a fascinating and timely perspective on “Mr. Houston,” Jesse Holman Jones.
Once considered the most powerful man in the United States after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jones had slipped into the historical shadows until Unprecedented Power sparked interest in the Houston businessman’s instrumental role in salvaging capitalism during the Great Depression and militarizing industry to fight and win World War II.
In addition to exploring Jones’ singular national contributions, Fenberg will look at the Houston entrepreneur’s role in developing the Houston Ship Channel and downtown Houston, including such landmarks as the Rice Hotel, the Gulf Building and the Metropolitan and Loew’s State theaters.
History in Print is free and open to the public. The program will be held in Fondren Hall on the second floor of the Jones Youth Building at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street in the Museum District. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. The program begins at 6:30. Free parking is available in the surface lot on the northeast corner of Fannin Street at Binz; the church is also short walk from MetroRail's Museum District Station.
After the presentation, the author will sign copies of his book. Unprecedented Power will be available for purchase at the event for $35 ($30 for Preservation Houston members).
Preservation Houston will present History in Print programs every two to three months, based on author availability. Preservation Houston member Steven Fenberg (Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good) and David Welling (Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex) have agreed to take part in the History in Print series this year. For more information on History in Print, please call (713) 510-3990 or e-mail us.