Bellaire Historical Society
Bellaire, Texas

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2013-14 Program Schedule

Please join us the second Thursday of each month at Bellaire's CenterPoint Energy Community Center, 7001 5th St.
All meetings begin promptly at 6:30 pm.
September 12, 2013
Chris Daniel
Harris County District Clerk
“Saving the Famous and Forgotten”

Daniel will describe the process and progress of preserving historic cases dating from 1837 and highlight some especially important ones. Daniel has made possible the writing of a history of the office and the officeholders. One long forgotten district clerk was a Confederate officer as a teenager, the Criminal District Clerk of Harris County in the 1890’s and a general during the Spanish American War commanding troops from three northern states.
October 10, 2013
Dara Flinn, CA and Rebecca Russell, CA
Archivists/Special Collections Librarians, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
“Preserving Our History in the Archives”

What do we do every day in the archives? We time travel! We preserve memories! We tell stories! We solve mysteries on a daily basis! In honor of National Archives Month, we will look at how archives operate, how we can preserve our own treasures, and what archivists in the area would love to have someone donate.

Click here for our wish list!
November 14, 2013
Lew Fincher
Hurricane Consulting, Inc.
“The Surprise Hurricane of 1943”

July 27, 1943 was the day of the first flight into the eye of a hurricane, a storm Fincher has named the “Surprise Hurricane.” Aircraft reconnaissance into tropical cyclones greatly enhanced our understanding and forecasting of them. Southeast Texas and Louisiana got little warning of the deadly “Surprise Hurricane” in 1943 because German U-Boats were in the Gulf still preying on Allied shipping. News of the damage, especially to the production of aviation fuel, was censored so the Axis Powers would not know. Overall, it has been rated as the worst local storm since the 1915 Storm.
December 12, 2013
Sarah Jackson
Archivist, Harris County Archives
“Bringing Christmas to the 'Training School for Girls'”

In 1919, five years after the Harris County Training School for Girls opened in Bellaire, E. P. West and the Houston Rotary Club began an annual project to fund Christmas presents for the girls. Dinner and entertainment were presented to the Rotarians and their guests by the girls. The Rotarians’ supported the home well into the 1960s as it evolved from the Mary Burnett School into the Burnett-Bayland Home.
January 9, 2014
Jay Evans
Public Information Officer, Houston Fire Department
“Fighting Fire in Old Ways, Days and Today”

Evans, who has worked as a sworn officer or civilian in HFD, HPD, Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office, is a founder and president of the Houston Fire Museum. His father was a Houston firefighter for 41 years. Jay Evans will talk about the museum and the early history of the Houston and the Bellaire fire departments.
February 13, 2014
Gary Taylor
“The Bare Facts About Marvin and the Chicken Ranch”

Taylor is a former reporter--and Pulitzer Prize nominee--for The Houston Post, writer in the trade press and author of several books. Taylor’s latest book is I, the People: How Marvin Zindler Busted the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2012). In his talk, he will reveal who tipped Marvin and why, plus how Channel 13 verified the featured illegal activity there.
March 13, 2014
Lucinda Freeman
Author, Historic Houston: How to See It
“Adventures for Heritage Tourists”

Freeman brings Houston's history to life by coupling entertaining stories of influential personalities and key events with day-trip itineraries. Freeman is a native Houstonian, a fifth-generation Texan, and the daughter of parents who also wrote books on Houston's history. She relies on careful research and personal experience to offer unforgettable adventures for heritage tourists. The day-trip plans include historical markers, museums, plantations, battle sites, and renovated historical buildings.
April 10, 2014
Doreen Stoller
Executive Director, Hermann Park Conservancy
“Hermann Park Celebrates Its 100th Birthday”

Hermann Park, presented to the City of Houston by George Hermann in 1914, is one of Houston's most popular and historically significant public green spaces. The 445-acre park in the heart of Houston has been an important resource for generations. Hermann Park Conservancy is celebrating the park’s 100th birthday in 2014 with a year of exciting events, including installations by world-renowned artists, a bike ride and the grand opening of the McGovern Centennial Gardens in October. Founded in 1992, the Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park.
May 15, 2014
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, we'll have a trivia game with questions drawn from the presentations of the 2013-14 year.

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