us the second Thursday of each month
at Bellaire's CenterPoint Energy Community Center, 7001 5th St.
begin promptly at 6:30 pm.
|September 8, 2011|
Author, Historic Houston Streets
“History of Bellaire and Houston Street Names”
In an encore appearance, Marks Hinton returns to give us more glimpses into the history of the Bayou City, Bellaire and nearby towns, creating a thorough chronicle of the heroes, humor and heritage inscribed on our street signs.
|October 13, 2011|
Story Sloane, III
Owner, Story Sloane Gallery
Author, Houston in the 1920's & 1930's
“Presenting and Preserving Our History Through Photography”
In 1990, Story Sloaneís father acquired a collection of vintage negatives of Houstonís past. Since then, Story has been indexing and archiving the images from this collection, which has been featured in many news stories. Mr. Sloane will be speaking about his collection and book.
|November 10, 2011|
Director of Corporate Communications, Port of Houston Authority
Community Affairs Director, Fox 26 KRIV-TV/My 20 KTXH-TV
“Port of Houston History”
The citizens of Harris County approved creation of the modern inland port after the destructive Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Early supporters would prove to be correct; the Port has grown to be one of the world's largest. Find out about the Port of Houstonís exciting history from 1900ís to present.
|December 8, 2011|
Houston Post Reporter/Columnist from 1983-1995
Author of two books on Houston Police Dept.
“How HPD Shaped Houston Politics in the 1960's”
Tom Kennedy covered all local beats for The Houston Post and started writing a column on local issues such as criminal justice and "the usual political hypocracy." Hear his unique take on the Houston Police and politics during the tumultuous 60's and beyond including the Texas Southern University Riot.
|January 12, 2012|
Former Outfielder for the Houston Colt .45's
Founder, R.E. "Bob" Smith Award
“Houston Colt .45's and the Birth of Major League Baseball in Houston”
Hear about the start of Major League Baseball in Houston from one of the players. Find out about Judge Roy Hoffienz, credited with bringing MLB to Houston, and builder of the Astrodome. Carl was also a member of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in 1964.
|February 9, 2012|
Historian, YMCA of Greater Houston
Community Program Director, Southwest YMCA
“Remembering a Classic: Houston's Downtown YMCA, 1941-2011”
Designed in an Italian Renaissance style and in the face of a devastating world war, the Downtown YMCA was the only Y constructed in the nation in the previous ten years of the depression. It became a Houston landmark, replaced after 71 years. Glimpse once more this unique place for its times.
|March 8, 2012|
Owner, The Steamboat House Steakhouse and Texas Museum
Honorary member, National Chapter of the Sons of the Texas Republic
“Sam Houston and His Complicated Place in Texas History”
The rescue of a giant portrait of Sam Houston started Charlie Fogartyís passion about all things Sam. He even designed his restaurant after Sam Houstonís last residence after a visit inspired him. Find out about this Lone Star hero, Houston pioneer and surprisingly complex man.
|April 12, 2012|
Executive Director, Houston Arts and Media
Creator, Television series "Postcards from Texas"
Member, Harris County Historical Commission
“Teaching Texas History In a Digital World”
History is more than a recitation of names and dates. At its core, itís the story of how people lived. Mikeís work with HAM includes production of short web-based videos that whet the appetite for history by combining historic photographs, new footage, music and narration into a mini-documentary about a slice of Southeast Texas history.
|May 10, 2012|
Annual Election and Dinner
“Tastes of Bellaire”
This is the time we share favorite dishes, elect officers and reminisce about Bellaire and its interesting history. Also, the Third Annual Bellaire Trivia Game will be played and valuable prizes awarded to people who really know their town!
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