Category Archives: Announcements

Austin Archives Bazaar

October 16th is the Austin Archives Bazaar, 2-6pm at Saengerrunde Hall, Austin, TX.

There are two fantastic opportunities for AHA! members to check out the Bazaar as we start working planning the 2017 Houston Archives Fair!


There are a number of available volunteer positions available. Check them out here and contact Anna Reznik ( to learn more! This is your chance to work behind-the-scenes at the Bazaar.

AHA! Road Trip
Several members of AHA! have offered to drive to Austin to attend the Bazaar. Sign up here if you’d like to join the road trip! Departure and arrival times will be coordinated by each car group.

Join the Houston Archives Bazaar Committee
Sign up here!

Paul Scott ARMA Houston Presentation

If any AHA member would like to come to Paul Scott’s presentation to ARMA Houston on October 26th, we would be happy to have them attend at the member price.  Our webmaster has set up a special promo code for AHA members, details below.

Should anyone have any problems registering, they can contact Judy Sitton and she’ll try to get it resolved – but hopefully everything will work smoothly.

The promo code is AHAMEMBER and is available when a person selects the “Luncheon Meeting for Non-Member – Early Registration”.  Upon checkout there is a box under Payment information. Add AHAMEMBER and Apply and the same pricing for ARMA Members will apply.


Philip Montgomery Class: Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission

AHA! member Philip Montgomery is  teaching one class in a seminar at the McGovern Medical Museum on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 to 8:30 pm. His talk is on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, including the history of the organization and the archive in Houston. The seminar is “The History and Culture of Disease and Healing” which is a collaboration between Rice University, the University of Houston, and the UTHealth School of Public Health Houston. This 2 page flyer (hcdh-seminars-fall-2016-1) mentions all events.

The seminar is free and open to the public with free parking at the museum.

Archives Month 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 Houston History Conference, “The History of Houston’s Musical Soul”

Call for volunteers! AHA! will once again be tabling at the annual Houston History Conference, volunteers are encouraged to help represent AHA! at this exciting event. If you are interested in helping out, please contact me directly (

Find out more about the full conference agenda (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2) – including film screenings, live music, and a pop-up museum here:

Sunday, October 2, 2:00-4:00: Walking tour of Glenwood Cemetery – $10 (special AHA! rate)

Guided by Jim Parsons, director of special projects and walking tours chairman for Preservation Houston, we will explore Glenwood Cemetery. Located on rolling land near Buffalo Bayou with glorious trees and landscaping, as well as elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary, historic Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of some of Houston’s most famous citizens, including philanthropist George Hermann; Texas Governor and Humble Oil co-founder Ross Sterling; oil wildcatter Glenn McCarthy; movie star Gene Tierney; and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Our tour explores the unforgettable stories of the men and women buried here as well as Glenwood’s beautiful landscape and elaborate monuments.

Sign up here to let us know you will be coming:

Sunday, October 16, 2:00-6:00: Austin Archives Bazaar 

Join our colleagues in Austin for a free afternoon learning about more than 20 area repositories, and check out the Oral History Booth, Preservation Station, an archival film screening, old time photobooth, and more!  Sign up here if you are interested in going, and consider carpooling with other AHA! members:

Saturday, October 22, 12:00-2:00: The Printing Museum Book Fair

Call for volunteers! In the spirit of this year’s theme of “community,” AHA! will be participating in a “basics of preservation” lab during the fair. We will be discussing how individuals can best care for their personal archives. Some topics that it would be great to have AHA! volunteers on hand to discuss are: rare books, archival storage, care and handling of photographs and/or scrapbooks, and personal digital archiving. Please contact me directly ( if you would like to help out.

All AHA! members are also encouraged to attend the Book Fair, which includes a book sale, as well as a presentation by J.P. Bryan, founder of The Bryan Museum in Galveston, Texas. Food trucks will be on site for a quick lunch with friends.Admission for those who don’t volunteer is $8.

MFAH Disaster Response and Recovery Workshop



The MFAH will host a disaster response and recovery workshop, led by Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday August 2. Library, archive, and museum professionals in Houston and the surrounding counties are invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.

The 2-day workshop will focus on disaster response and recovery situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will show participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals.

Program, Day 1:


  • Jennifer Suter, Training and Program Manager, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Robert Emery, VP for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management, UT Health Science Center
  • Paul A. Tabor, State Critical Incident Stress Management, Director Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Kirk Lively, Director of Technical Services, Belfor USA
  • Trey Johnson, Executive General Adjuster, York Insurance Group

Program, Day 2:

  • Lectures and Training Exercises
  • TX-CERA, Assessment and recovery techniques for wet recovery and salvage of cultural heritage collections.


  • Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The American General Meeting Room
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005


  • $80.00, lunch is included. Free parking in MFAH parking lot.

The MFAH is an experienced disaster management leader and advocate for protecting cultural heritage resources in the region.

The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is a statewide resource for cultural heritage and disaster management and part of the nationwide Alliance for Response program. Through a series of regional forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. Their programs lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts. For more information, visit:


  • Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts,,
  • Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin,, or
  • Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas –


MFAH Hosts Disaster Recovery Conference, Annoucement

Emergency Response & Recovery Workshop

TX-CERA or Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance is preparing a workshop on Emergency Response and Recovery. Please find detailed information at the link below.

Please feel free to forward this email to other interested parties. All are welcome!

Mon, Jun 13 at 9:00 AM, Denton, Texas

An Introduction to Emergency Response and Recovery of Material Cultural Objects
A Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) Sponsored Workshop

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to introduce participants to emergency response and recovery for material cultural objects in private and museum collections. Participants will learn protocols for responding to disaster scenes and working with local emergency responders. Health and safety issues associated with disasters and collection techniques associated with various types of material collections will also be covered. The day will end with a museum mock-disaster table-top exercise and a question/answer session with the instructors.

From more information and to register for the workshop:

Contact TX-CERA

TX-CERA is an affiliation of institutions and persons interested in preserving the cultural heritage of Texas. Through education and advocacy TX-CERA hopes to serve as a resource for cultural institutions in order to mitigate loss of cultural and heritage collections due to disaster. The organization will develop a roster of heritage and collections professionals in Texas to create a network of ready support in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Please contact us if you wish to volunteer with TX-CERA

Members of the TX-CERA Steering Committee

  • Steve Pine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, PhD, Associate Director Conservation and Preservation, Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
  • Laura DeNormandie, Chief Curator, Texas Historical Commission
  • Diana Diaz, Photo Conservator, Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
  • Frances Gale, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jennifer Lee, Preservation Services, University of Texas, Austin
  • Jessica Phillips, Head, Preservation, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Olivia Primanis, Senior Book Conservator, Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
  • Shelby Sanett, PhD, Lead Security Management and Program Analyst, (NARA) College Park, MD
  • Melanie Sanford, Conservator, Textile Preservation Services of Texas, Allen

Preservation Week at HMRC : The Blue Tile Project

The Houston Metropolitan Research Center is hosting an event for Preservation Week featuring the Blue Tile Project. You know those really cool tiled street signs that can be spotted around Houston? This group is trying to find and preserve them. The event will be Wednesday, April 27th from 6-8 at the PreservationWeekFlyer. The flyer is attached. Hope to see a lot of AHA! Members there!