HOUSTON NEEDS A MUSEUM FOR IT'S HISTORY AND CULTURE!
The city of Houstonís birthday is close at hand and city leaders are busy planning events to mark the occasion. We will be 171 years old but drive around town and you would think the city was constructed in the 1980ís. There has been so much talk recently about preserving Houstonís architectural history. Concerned citizens form activist groups and launch websites but still the wrecking ball bounces. Political leaders form task forces on our history but still the wrecking ball bounces. Grass root organizations are formed to save our historical neighborhoods but still the wrecking ball bounces. A sane person might think that with all of the media attention and political posturing by those same birthday planning folks something tangible is being done. But still the wrecking ball bounces! Perhaps the preservation of our great cities past is not always the savior of brick and mortar alone. How many Houstonians have shoeboxes stuffed full of local history headed for the trash bin.
I was fortunate to contribute to a book on Houstonís history in the early 1980ís. That experience opened the doors for me to several historical archives from The Julia Ideson library to the San Jacinto monument museum. I was amazed at the wealth of history contained within and disgusted with how little was accessible to the public. Most of the institutions I visited were more like a tomb than a place for historical exhibition and education. The contents housed in the Julia Ideson library alone have suffered from over six decades of political and philanthropical neglect. One good storm could cause catastrophic damage to its three plus million photographs and negatives. Itís a good assumption that when the last visual records are lost of those much publicized demolished historical buildings all that will remain is a fading memory.
Historical preservation is a spirit that must be nurtured at an early age. Houston needs a museum of its History and culture so we can educate our young citizens to appreciate the fantastic history and environment of the city in which they live. Children nurtured with a sense of historical responsibility will grow up into adults with a sense of historical preservation. Houston needs a place to exhibit some of those shoebox memories and help lighten the load for other under funded and understaffed preservation groups. Houston needs a place where men, women and children of any race and religion can go and be enlightened by the remarkable accomplishments of this great city. Houston needs a museum of its History and culture. The time is now!
Where is Jesse Jones when you need him!
This rare image of Louis Paulhans airship in flight made Texas aviation history back in February of 1910. This first flight in Texas occurred just south of Houston. It was a shoebox memento waiting for over eighty years to be rediscovered. Houston needs a big shoebox in the way of a museum to save and exhibit for the public, precious treasures like this! How many irreplaceable fragments of our past have been lost due to a lack of adequate space to house and exhibit them?
IF YOU AGREE ABOUT THE NEED FOR A MUSEUM ON HOUSTON'S HISTORY AND CULTURE THEN PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LETS GET ACTIVE!