Fourth Annual Houston History Conference
“Houston: Born on the Bayou, Built on the Port”
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Fourth Annual Houston History Conference

“Houston: Born on the Bayou, Built on the Port”

Conference set for Saturday, October 11, 2014

WHAT:          Entitled “Houston: Born on the Bayou, Built on the Port,” the timing and theme of the fourth annual Houston History Conference is planned to coincide with the citywide Centennial of the Ship Channel in Houston. Produced by the Houston History Association (HHA), the conference will provide information, discussions and create awareness with Houston leadership, scholars, academics and the public about the history, important assets and challenges of the port.

The format includes three keynote speakers, two breakout sessions with the choice of three panel presentations per session, and exhibits/interactive displays from local history and neighborhood organizations.

Topics/themes/issues will be addressed:

Houston has been called "the town that built the port that built the city," an anecdotal phrase backed by impressive and pivotal first facts:

  • The Houston Ship Channel was the first federal project to have a local funding match, now commonplace;
  • The first direct shipment of cotton to Europe left from the Port of Houston;
  • Synthetic rubber was mass produced for the first time at Port of Houston-area plants and shipped through the port for use in World War II;
  • The world’s first container ship was unloaded for the first time at the Port of Houston;
  • NASA selected Houston as first choice for its new headquarters, in part because of the waterway’s ability to transport bulky space vehicles.

Throughout its history, whenever the Port of Houston has grown, Houston has grown, proving it to be an economic engine that produces jobs and economic prosperity for the local and state economy.

In 2012, ship-channel related businesses provided over one million jobs throughout Texas, generating $178.5 billion and $4.5 billion in state and local taxes. “Arguably, the Port of Houston continually ranks as one of Houston’s greatest historical and vital assets, and yet its appreciation and awareness of its assets and challenges as such seems to be inappropriately lacking.”

The cost of the conference is $50 per person; $40 for seniors, for those presenting in the breakout sessions, and for representatives of exhibiting organizations; $25 for teachers not covered by scholarships from their respected school systems.  All tickets include lunch and admission for a full day of activities.

For more information, visit or email  Space is limited; if space allows, on-site registration will be available. 

WHEN:          Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:       Julia Ideson Building – Houston Public Library, 550 McKinney

WHO:            The Houston History Association is an independent 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting Houston area history and serving as a resource for existing historical, preservation and educational organizations and institutions. 

Sponsored by:            This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, generous sponsorship has been received from the Port of Houston Authority and Texas Historical Foundation. Other partners without whose help the conference could not take place are: Texas State Historical Association, Houston Public Library, City of Houston and Houston Independent School District.

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