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Lunch and Learn: Houston’s Interesting Founding with Dr. Debbie Harwell

August 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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$10 General Admissions All Ages $23 General Admissions with Lunch Includes lecture entry and a box lunch from Potbelly's Free Members Member of The Heritage Society in good standing $13 Members with Lunch Member of The Heritage Society in good standing; includes a box lunch from Potbelly's




Houston – A Second Choice City

Texans are a proud lot, and Houston is no exception. Jesse Jones even remarked in a 1954 letter, as Houston achieved a population of one million people, “Looking at the map, the United States rests of Texas and Texas rests on Houston.”

But not everyone has seen it that way. Looking back at some of the city’s significant turning points, Houston was not the first choice of location. From the city’s founding in 1836 to getting the Houston Ship Channel, the 1928 Democratic Convention, and NASA, Houston was an also-ran, but its city leaders had the last laugh.

About the Speaker

Debbie Harwell received her doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Houston where, since 2009, she has served as the managing editor/editor of Houston History magazine, published by the UH Center for Public History. A native Houstonian, she incorporates personal knowledge with historical research in teaching, writing for the magazine, and training the staff.

Since 2012, Harwell has taught a Houston history and public history methods classes in the Honors College and History, learning to research, conduct oral histories, and write for a public audience. In addition to her work at Houston History, Harwell’s book, Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964, won the 2015 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best book in southern women’s history. She currently serves on the Harris County Historical Commission.


August 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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