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Handbook of Houston

Houston is Texas’s biggest city and the fourth largest city in the country. Founded on the banks of Buffalo Bayou in 1836, Houston is a city focused on progress, and is always keeping an eye towards the future. But it also has a rich and important history, which has affected the state, the nation, and the world. Houston served as the first permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, hosted the state’s first presidential convention, and built Texas’s first freeway and the world’s first air-conditioned sports stadium. In 1969 “Houston” rang out as the first word spoken from the moon, a nod to its legacy as “Space City.”

Currently the Handbook of Houston is curating new entries and seeking contributors to be involved in the project. The new entries represent Houston’s diverse culture and will highlight topics such as historic events and landmarks, businesses and organizations, and biographies on community activists and leaders, to name a few. Contributors need not be professional historians. A passion for history, a keen interest in research, and the ability to produce a fact-based entry are all that are required.

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