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media artists bring knowledge, education and local history to life.
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Houston Arts and Media here. And watch our Promo.
The Birth of Texas Series continues with the release of Spanish Texas. Our two completed documentaries from the Series have already aired on Houston's Channel 8 and are being distributed now. Learn more about Houston: A Nation's Capitol and about Spanish Texas . Buy the DVDs by clicking the Store link at the top of this page.
In order to keep producing things like the HAM Slices, our book and documentary projects, the Houston History Road Rally and Book Fair and the other educational gems outlined on this site, we must have your support. Please join, renew or upgrade your membership as we start our drive for 2013. We cannot do it without you. Please click on the Support link on the top navigation bar and join HAM today.
Our fourth annual Houston History Book Fair & Symposium will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Mark your calendars now. Admission for the public is always free. Come meet those who document our past.
Our big fundraising event for this year will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Mark your calendars now for great country music and BBQ. This will also be one of the final chances to visit Blanco's at 3406 W. Alabama. The first details are here.
HAM is very excited that our latest short video work, With Respect: Preserving Historic Cemeteries, is the winner of a 2013 Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston. The video was done in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution. You may see it here. We are equally thrilled to announce that our HAM Slices of History Volume 2 is the 2012 Julia Ideson Award winner presented by the Friends of the Texas Room. We continue to strive to create top history programming.
HAM is putting grant money to work on two big documentary projects: The Birth of Texas Series and Home Front: Texas in WWII . Shooting is underway in both cases. We are looking for interview subjects and historic photos for Home Front. We will also be scheduling fundraising activities over the next year. Learn more here then join in to make these fun films sing.
Houston Arts and Media is fortunate to receive support from several of Houston's most generous and respected foundations. The latest grants come from Houston Endowment for general operating support and from The Brown Foundation, Inc and Humanities Texas to support our Birth of Texas Series. Please check the contributors page to learn more about who has donated. Please don't forget that your support is also needed to bring these great educational projects to fruition.
Our annual road rally events are always very popular. The next edition will be on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Start getting your teams together now and mark those calendars. As always, nobody leaves empty-handed. Details are here.
In the Birth of Texas Series, our latest release, Spanish Texas is now available. The HAM Slices of History, Volumes 1 & 2 are on DVD. Get all 40 new Slices now and support HAM. Learn how here. Don't forget that our award winning video, Houston: A Nation's Capitol, is available, too. Learn more about this video about the humble beginnings of Texas' largest city right here. View the trailer here.
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Next Meetup - coming soon
We invite our volunteers and anyone else interested
in Houston's history to join us to explore preservation
projects in Houston, at-risk architecture, trains, bridges,
music and whatever. Following our visit we will have lunch nearby.
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We've posted several clips of interviews here
as MP3 files. If you think you'd like to interview people, or if you
know you want to but are afraid to start, it might help to listen to
these 5-10 minute samples of a wide range of interviews. Transcripts
of these samples are also available and were generously donated by Adept
Periodically we'll be having interviewer training sessions, or we can meet with you in smaller groups to get you going on something that is fun and rewarding for all.
Learn more on becoming a
volunteer interviewer here.
The Birth of Texas Series - Eight documentaries that tell the story of Texas from 1820 through statehood in 1845
HAM Slices - A tiny little video slice
of Houston Area History. Support HAM so we can create more!
Home Front: Texas in WWII - Military and industrial activity, combined with social upheaval during the war years changed Texas forever.
Neighbor to Neighbor Oral History
Project - A citywide effort to gather stories of Houston's neighborhoods
as remembered by their long-time residents.
Houston Music History Series - Our latest undertaking combines terrific tunes with social changes.
Neighborhood Series - This series begins with a two-volume work on Historic Schools of Harris County.
Your HQ? - An educational and entertaining trivia game about
Stand Up Story - A history of Houston comedy
Learn more about
our completed, on-going and future projects here.
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