The Handbook
of Houston

Presented by Texas State Historical Association, Houston History Alliance, & Houston Endowment Inc.

Like its namesake, the city of Houston rose from obscurity to national prominence in short order. Founded as a meager town of twelve citizens and a log cabin, “Space City” has developed into the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. Houston’s cultural and intellectual diversity makes for a storied history, one that includes numerous innovations in medicine, technology, and space exploration.

With so much material at their disposal, historians, librarians, and enthusiasts began discussions centered on the publication of a comprehensive work detailing Houston’s unique history in 2008. Those meetings would later evolve into a partnership between the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and the Houston History Alliance (HHA) in 2015 to develop the Handbook of Houston, a project made possible through the generous underwriting of the Houston Endowment.

Thanks to the Endowment, as well as the Handbook of Houston’s project director and editor, Lindsay Scovil Dove of HHA, two years of hard work is culminating with the release of TSHA’s first regional spinoff, the Handbook of Houston. This project incorporates our existing entries relating to the city of Houston with brand-new entries that will deepen the understanding and appreciation of the city’s rich history.
Lindsay Scovil Dove

Project Director/Editor - Houston History Alliance
Inside Houston: Past, Present, & Progress

As a part of the launch of this project, we are offering our latest eBook, Houston: Past, Present, & Progress, FREE to everyone. The eBook features a wealth of information on the city, including:

128 pages focused on Houston’s civic leadership, business, immigration, society, law and order, and arts and culture

The impact of Jesse Jones on city development and politics

Biographies of the notable Houstonians who developed iconic businesses, universities, and landmarks

Incredible scientific research completed in space exploration and medicine

15 related articles from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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