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Talkin’ Blockade Runners and that Wicked Ol’ Charles Morgan

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on September 18, 2014

In three weeks, I’ll be giving a couple of talks, one in Arlington, that I’ve mentioned before, and one in Houston, that I haven’t.

On Friday evening, October 10 at 7:30, I’ll be speaking on “Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast” at the University of Texas at Arlington Central Library, Sixth Floor. There will be a reception and a book-signing after. This event is open to the public and everyone’s invited. To RSVP, please call 817-272-1413 or email LibraryFriends@uta.edu. This will be my second trip to North Texas in the last few months, and it should be great fun.

Then, on Saturday the 11th, I’ll be participating in the Fourth Annual Houston History Conference. The conference will be held at the the Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library, 550 McKinney.The theme this year, in recognition of the centennial of the official opening of the Port of Houston. My presentation is “Charles Morgan and the Genesis of the Houston Ship Channel,” a wonderful little story of economic boosterism and Gilded-Age avarice. Space is limited so advance reservations are recommended, but not required. The cost of the conference is $50 per person before October 3; $40 for seniors, presenters and exhibitors; and $25 for teachers not covered by scholarships from their respected school systems. If space allows, on-site registration will be available. All tickets include lunch and admission for a full day of activities. For more information or to enroll in the conference, visit www.houstonhistoryassociation.org or email info@houstonhistoryassociation.org.

The full listing for the Houston History Conference follows below the jump. Hope to see y’all there!

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Fourth Annual Houston History Conference

“Houston: Born on the Bayou, Built on the Port”

Conference set for Saturday, October 11, 2014

WHAT: Entitled “Houston: Born on the Bayou, Built on the Port,” the fourth annual Houston History Conference will coincide with the citywide Centennial of the Ship Channel in Houston. Produced by the Houston History Association (HHA), the conference will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. in the Julia Ideson Building – Houston Public Library, 550 McKinney. The conference will provide information to create discussions and awareness among Houston leaders, scholars, academics and the public about the history, important assets and challenges of the port.

Throughout its history, whenever the Port of Houston has grown, Houston has grown, proving it to be a fiscal engine that produces jobs and monetary prosperity for the local and state economy. In 2012, ship-channel related businesses provided over one million jobs throughout Texas, generating $178.5 billion and $4.5 billion in state and local taxes. “Arguably, the Port of Houston ranks as one of Houston’s greatest historical and vital resources, and merits this in-depth examination and attention by HHA,” says Diana DuCroz, president of HHA.

Port of Houston Commissioners Theldon Branch and Dean Corgey and Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker will open the daylong event, followed by the morning presentation from (Ms.) Pat Jasper, director of the Folklife and Traditional Arts Program for the Houston Arts Alliance.

After a preview of the “100: Ship Channel History 1914 – 2014” documentary, attendees can then tour the library’s exhibit on “Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel.”

The Houston History Association also will present the “Betty Trapp Chapman Awards” to (Ms.) Miki Lusk Norton and Pam Young in recognition of and appreciation for their tireless work for HHA and Houston’s history community.

After lunch, a variety of speakers will give presentations on a wide range of topics in two breakout sessions, including:

  • David Falloure and Tom Tellepsen on outtakes from their book The Town that Built the Port that Built the City; and Mike Mitchell on The New Deal, Federal Writers’ Project & The Port of Houston
  • Mikaela Selley of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) on the Behind the Scenes Research and Making of the Centennial Documentary and Curriculum Guide; and Kim Lykins and Jim Bailey, co-founders of the Texas Foundation for the Arts, on their documentary 100: Ship Channel History 1914-2014.
  • Frances Trimble on The Houston Pilots: Silent Servants of Progress: Houston Ship Channel Pilots; Andy Hall on Charles Morgan and the Genesis of the Houston Ship Channel; and Ms. Sam Akkerman and Ginny Garret on Sport and the Port – An Historical Review of Recreational Boating and Commercial Shipping on Houston’s Shared Waterways
  • Tanya Debose moderating discussion with long-time residents of Pleasantville, Magnolia and Clinton Park neighborhoods about living in the shadow of the Ship Channel

Over 65 community history and preservation partners of HHA have been invited to present exhibits about their organizations and current work. Ample time will be allowed within the conference for attendees to network and learn about Houston History through the work of these organizations.

Space is limited so advance reservations are recommended, but not required. The cost of the conference is $50 per person before October 3; $40 for seniors, presenters and exhibitors; and $25 for teachers not covered by scholarships from their respected school systems. If space allows, on-site registration will be available. All tickets include lunch and admission for a full day of activities.

Houston ISD will offer CEUs and scholarships for its teachers.

The Lancaster Hotel is the official hotel partner for HHA; for special rates, visit http://thelancaster.com or call 800-231-0336.  Limited availability.

For more information or to enroll in the conference, visit www.houstonhistoryassociation.org or email info@houstonhistoryassociation.org.

WHEN:           Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

WHERE:        Julia Ideson Building – Houston Public Library, 550 McKinney

WHO:            The Houston History Association is an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Houston area history and serving as a resource for existing historical, preservation and educational organizations and institutions.

Sponsored by: This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, generous sponsorship has been received from the Port of Houston Authority and Texas Historical Foundation. Other partners include the University of Houston Center for Public History, The Strake Foundation, Miki and Ralph Norton, The Lancaster Hotel, Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library (HAM-TMC), Texas State Historical Association, Houston Public Library, the City of Houston and Houston Independent School District.

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