The Museum of Houston is an innovative project designed to tell the story of Houston using digitized materials from the archives of the city’s leading educational and cultural institutions. By incorporating those materials into rich online exhibits, the Museum of Houston will bring Houston’s history to life with photos, maps, documents and first-hand accounts from the city’s historymakers.
About the project
Preservation Houston (then Greater Houston Preservation Alliance), with support from Houston Endowment Inc., JPMorgan Chase, Rice University and the Herzstein Foundation, began project planning for the Museum of Houston in 2005. Since then, more than 500 photographs and historic documents from institutions including the Woodson Research Center at Rice University, the Houston Public Library, the Robert J. Terry Library at Texas Southern University and the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library have been added to the museum’s repository, and digitization efforts from partner institutions have made thousands of other resources available.
The initial Museum of Houston repository is available to search or browse online, and other exhibits in the planning and design stages include:
- For the Record, which will tell the stories of the careers of prominent Houston attorneys in their own words. The exhibit is built around a series of videotaped interviews; originally the attorneys profiled are Rusty Hardin, Craig Washington, Diana Marshall, Richard "Racehorse" Haynes and Percy Foreman.
- A digitization of the six-volume Houston Architectural Survey of 300 historically and architecturally significant structures originally completed in 1980. The 1,500-page survey includes information on many of Houston's most important historic structures as well as many lesser-known buildings, several of which have been altered or demolished in the three decades since the initial survey work was done. The first phase of the exhibit will involve making a searchable version of the survey available online, with later phases targeted at updating and expanding the work.
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