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Celebrating 100 Years of Stories at the University of Houston

UH’s Center for Public History and UH Libraries Present Exhibit and Magazine Launch

By Rebeca Hawley 713-743-6773

As the University of Houston moves closer to its centennial in 2027, UH’s Center for Public History and UH Libraries present their joint exhibit and magazine launch event “100 Years of Stories” on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at UH’s MD Anderson Library. The event is a culmination of the project “100 Years of Stories: Documenting a Century at the University of Houston,” an initiative largely the work of students that showcases the important role UH has played in shaping the city for nearly a century.

The Roy G. Cullen building was the first building on campus. It was named after founding benefactor Hugh Roy Cullen's son. 

Event attendees can explore UH Libraries' new "Agents of Change" exhibit and the current edition of the Center for Public History's Houston History magazine. Both capture key memories and people from the University's decades-spanning history, such as the University’s founding as a junior college in 1927 to meet the needs of working Houstonians, greater diversity in the ‘60s led by student group Afro-Americans for Black Liberation (AABL), and UH’s impact on the community through the founding of the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine, the region's first medical school in almost 50 years.

The launch event will feature a panel of UH alumni who are history makers and tellers themselves: Gene Locke (‘69), Graciela Saenz (’78, J.D. ’86) and Grace Conroy (‘22).

Locke is a former Houston city attorney and former Harris County Precinct One commissioner. He was one of the first Black students when he arrived at UH in 1965 and was a prominent leader in the AABL student group. Saenz is former Houston mayor pro tem and at-large city councilmember. She is a UH alumna twice over, B.A. in 1978 and J.D. in 1986, and former president of the UH Chicano Law Students Association. Conroy earned a B.A. in history last spring and was a key researcher on the 100 Years of Stories project.

100 Years of Stories is made possible through support from Carey C. Shuart, a native Houstonian who dedicates her time and resources to benefit art, education and women’s causes throughout the region.

To RSVP for the launch event, please visit the event page. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 27, 2023, through May 31, 2024, on the second floor of MD Anderson Library.

Who: Notable alumni, UH leaders and dignitaries, student curators

What: 100 Years of Stories “Agents of Change” exhibit opening and Center for Public History’s Houston History magazine launch

Where: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor of UH’s MD Anderson Library, 4333 University Dr., Houston, TX 77204

When: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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