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Katy Butterwick 
Houston History Association 


Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT

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Hilton-University of Houston Hotel 
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004

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Houston History Conference 

The Houston History Association (HHA) is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Houston History Conference.  This year’s conference theme is “Building Houston: From Allen’s Landing to the Moon.”  Co-sponsors: Texas State Historical Association, University of Houston's Center for Public History, Houston History Magazine, American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter, and Humanities Texas.

The Lancaster Hotel is the official hotel partner for HHA. Please contact for special rates: http://thelancaster.com

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012


Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Place: Hilton-University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center


Fees: Early Bird Registration has been extended! (until midnight on May

          29, 2012) - $50.00 

          Online registration until midnight on May 31, 2012 - $65.00         

          If space allows, on-site registration the day of the conference - $65.00 


          Registration includes lunch and parking.


Exhibitor Fees

Non-profit Exhibitor (no sales)   $25.00
Non-profit Exhibitor with sales   $40.00
For-profit Exhibitor with sales    $75.00


This conference is approved for Houston ISD teachers for continuing education credit. Houston ISD will also cover the cost of registration for HISD teachers attending this conference.  This conference is also approved for continuing education credits by the American Institute of Architects.



Houston was founded on the banks of Buffalo Bayou in 1836 as a real estate venture by brothers John and Augustus Allen.  During the 176 years since, the city served as the capitol of the Republic of Texas and has grown to become the “energy capital” of the world and the fourth largest city in the United States.
Houston’s builders created public and private institutions and made the city a center of transportation with railroads, highways, a ship channel, airports, and a seaport that today is the nation’s second busiest port, by tonnage, fifty milesinland from the Gulf of Mexico.  It is home to the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center.  As the home of the Johnson Space Center, it is noteworthy that on July 20, 1969, “Houston” was the first word spoken from the surface of the Moon when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed the “Eagle” on the lunar surface. 
Thinking broadly we will explore with experts how Houston emerged from the primitive settlement of its founding in 1836 to become the international city it is today. All are welcome to attend. 

This year, we are honored that Mayor Annise Parker will open the conference, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will offer keynote remarks during lunch. The morning session will feature a panel including Barry Moore, FAIA of Gensler and Stephen Fox of Rice University with time for Q&A from the audience. In the afternoon, choose from several dynamic breakout sessions on various topics.  At this writing, confirmed sessions are: Building Houston's Cultural Arts; Building Houston's Transportation Infrastructure; Building on Houston's Natural Wealth; Building Houston's Modern Architecture; and Building Houston - To The Moon.

You will also have the opportunity to network and visit exhibitors from numerous local history organizations, preservation groups and neighborhoods.