Category Archives: Meetings

Documenting the history of The Meridian Highway across Texas, February 18

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to attend a public outreach meeting to share information and visual items related to the Meridian Highway for use in a public project. Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff and representatives of the preservation planning firm Hardy-Heck-Moore, Inc. (HHM) will introduce the project and involve community members through discussion, question-and-answer session, and displays of maps and historical Meridian images. Please bring historical photos, postcards, maps, and other Meridian-related items to the meeting. With your consent, HHM staff will scan or photograph materials to be included in the project. The meeting is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, February 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m. For more information visit:

WHO: Hosted by Preservation Houston, Hardy-Heck-Moore, Inc., and THC staff. The public is invited.

WHAT: Meridian Highway Public Outreach Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Parador
2021 Binz Street
Houston, Texas 77004

BACKGROUND: The THC is undertaking a two-year study to document the history of the Meridian Highway. The THC has awarded the contract to complete the study to Hardy-Heck-Moore, Inc., an Austin-based historic preservation planning and management firm. The project will result in a written history of the Texas section of the Meridian Highway, and a survey of the Texas Meridian route, including associated historic resources: auto repair garages, gas stations, diners, tourist camps, auto courts, motels, road markers, paving, and traffic signs. This effort is funded by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through the Transportation Enhancement Program. For more information, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512.463.5853 or visit

AHA! Holiday party and Elections, December 11

This year the University of St. Thomas will be hosting the annual holiday party and meeting. Please plan to attend Thursday, December 11th at 6 pm in the Crooker Center – Ahern Room, 1st Floor. Guest speakers are Margaret Culbertson and Michelle Johnson from the William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive.

•Elections – A new board for 2015 will be elected. You must be a member of AHA! to vote. Candidates to be announced shortly.
•Food – It will be potluck, so please bring something to share. AHA! Board is providing a ham and rolls for the party.

University of St. Thomas

Crooker Center – Ahern Room
3909 Graustark
Houston, Texas

Street parking is available or there is also a parking garage. The Moran Center Parking Garage, located at the corner of West Alabama and Graustark (enter on Graustark) is available to all students, employees and visitors. Rate: $2/day. More information on parking and location of Crooker Center can be found:

Louisiana Archives and Manuscript Association Annual Conference, November 7, 2014

Members of  AHA! are  invited to the Louisiana Archives and Manuscript Association Annual Conference, which will be held on Friday November 7, 2014 at the Old US Mint in New Orleans, LA. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:00.

We have a great line up of speakers and topics. Tara Laver and Jessica Mlotkowski, both of LSU Libraries Special Collections, will present on the Free People of Color Project in a session titled “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past through a Collaborative Digital Project.”  In our second session “Records Management an Update from the State Archives”, Carrie Fager, Records Management Officer Statewide, Louisiana Secretary of State, will discuss important changes at the State Archives and laws impacting Archivists in Louisiana. And our final presentation of the day will be given by Mary Linn Wernet, Dr. Charles Pellegrin, and Cammie Henry, all from Northwestern State University, on the Kent Courtney Collection.  Following the presentations, we will hold our annual business meeting. The day will conclude with tours of the Old Mint and wine and cheese at the Old Ursuline Convent.

If there is interest, a dinner will be planned on Thursday night for early arrivers.

Attached you will find the registration form, with information about the conference hotel, parking, a restaurant guide for lunch and other goings on in the City of New Orleans.  Two important dates to remember: the deadline for conference registration is Friday October 24, 2014 and for those who plan on staying at the conference hotel, the deadline to receive the conference rate is Monday October 6, 2014.LAMA, 2014 Registration Form

Please consider joining us.

In the meantime, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me:


Michael Courtney

Vice-President/President Elect

Louisiana Archives and Manuscript Association


AHA! Summer Meeting, Thursday, July 10

The summer meeting of the Archivists of the Houston Area will be held Thursday, July  10th  at 6 pm, at the University of Houston Special Collections at the MD Anderson Library (2nd floor). Jim Parsons, Director of Special Projects at Preservation Houston,  will be our featured guest speaker as he talks about Archival Discoveries from the Texas Centennial Exposition.

Please plan to attend and RSVP to Vince Lee today!

Directions and Parking:


If coming from the north/downtown, take I-45 South. Take exit 44-B. Merge toward Spur 5 South. Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left on Calhoun and you will immediately see the Welcome Center & Parking Garage, a yellow brick building with red trim.


If coming from the south, take I-45 North. Take exit 44-A (Elgin/Lockwood/Cullen). Turn left on Cullen. Drive along Cullen, passing the stadium, and turn left on Wheeler. Turn left again on Calhoun. To your left just past the parking lot you will see the Welcome Center & Parking Garage, a yellow brick building with red trim.


Once you’ve parked, walk in towards the center of campus. You will pass the Hilton Hotel on your left and the University Center (student center) on your right. You will find yourself behind the M.D. Anderson Library, a large cream-colored building. You must go around to the front of the building to enter the Library. Head back to the main circular staircase, and take that, or one of the elevators behind it, up to the 2nd floor.


Special Collections is at the top of the stairs through the glass door.

AHA! Announces its Spring Meeting

The spring meeting of the Archivists of the Houston Area will be held Thursday, April 10th  at 6 pm, at the McGovern Historical Research Center at the Texas Medical Center Library.
AHA Spring Meeting Agenda 2014
Immediately following  items of business, the focus of the meeting will be a roundtable presentation and discussion on low cost and easy to implement ways on making  
archival collections digitally discoverable. Please plan to attend and RSVP to Vince Lee today! 

McGovern Historical Research Center is located:
8272 El Rio, Suite 190, Houston, Texas 77054 (Free parking. The facility is located near the 610 South Loop and Almeda. Call 713-348-7899 for directions or more information.)

AHA! Holiday party and meeting, December 18

This year the Houston Metropolitan Research Center will be hosting the annual holiday party and meeting. Please plan to attend Wednesday, December 18th at 6 pm in the Norma Meldrum Room of the Julia Ideson building.

Houston Metropolitan Research Center
500 McKinney
Houston, Texas 77002

•Elections – A new board for 2014 will be elected. You must be a member of AHA! to vote. Candidates to be announced shortly.
•Food – It will be a potluck, so please bring something to share.
•Ornament exchange – Bring an “archival” ornament to exchange. Use your imagination and be creative!

October is Archives month!

Join AHA! at the following events to celebrate the nationwide Archives Month in October.

October 2, 2013, 6.30 pm-Tour J.P. Bryan’s Vision of the West Collection, considered the world’s largest private collection of Texana. Torch Energy Advisors, Inc., 1331 Lamar Ave., Suite 1450.  Map and parking information available to all who make reservations by Sept. 27.  Contact Lee Pecht at

October 8, 2013, 6.00 pm-Dinner and brief meeting at Café Express,  1422 W. Gray. Meet with fellow AHA-ers and learn about upcoming events and opportunities.

October 10, 2013, 6.30 pm-Preserving Our History in the Archives, presentation on how archival repositories operate, how to preserve historical items, and what items repositories want donated. Bellaire Historical Society, Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 South Rice Ave.  Contact Dara Flinn at

October 15, 2013, 8.30 am – 3.00 pm-Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith, a practical one-day workshop for those who work with historical records, but are not trained archivists.  AHA members are encouraged to attend all or part of the day to support the lectures, discussions, hands-on activities and question period.  Contact Sarah Jackson at or Lisa May at

October 19, 2013, 10.30 am-Tour Fine Tuning: Celebrating 100 Years of the Houston Symphony, Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney.  Hear and see how Miss Ima Hogg and local café orchestra leader Julien Paul Blitz  developed a dream into reality for a symphony for Houston.  Contact Terry Brown or Ginny Garrett at

AHA! Announces its Summer meeting

The Summer meeting of the Archivists of the Houston Area will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 pm, on the first floor of the Crooker (Student) Center at the University of St. Thomas.

The focus of the meeting will be on salvaging archival materials in the aftermath of a disaster. The Disaster Preparedness drawing and scholarship competition will be launched at this meeting, so please plan to attend! Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Lee Pecht, by Wednesday, July 3. The Crooker Center is located on 3909 Graustark St.