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My Hometown: A Weslaco Native on the Bicultural Beauty of his Rio Grande Valley Burg

My Hometown: A Weslaco Native on the Bicultural Beauty of his Rio Grande Valley Burg

A stroll through downtown Weslaco feels like a visit to a bygone era, when department stores and hardware shops ... Read More »

How “Poet of the Story” Katherine Anne Porter was Shaped (And Conflicted) by Growing up in Texas

How “Poet of the Story” Katherine Anne Porter was Shaped (And Conflicted) by Growing up in Texas

She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. President Kennedy praised her work. Vivien Leigh starred in her movie. Her ... Read More »

Seeking Solitude, an East Texas Native Discovers an Island of Indelible Characters

Seeking Solitude, an East Texas Native Discovers an Island of Indelible Characters

Described by East Texas author Joe R. Lansdale as “a brown run of water that twists its way along dirty banks, ... Read More »

50 Years After JFK’s Moonshot, Historian Douglas Brinkley Recounts Its Lasting Influence on Texas

50 Years After JFK’s Moonshot, Historian Douglas Brinkley Recounts Its Lasting Influence on Texas

Rice University professor of history, CNN presidential historian, and perennial bestselling author Douglas Brinkley Read More »

How Sweden-born Artist Kent Ullberg Found His Muse Along the Texas Gulf Coast

How Sweden-born Artist Kent Ullberg Found His Muse Along the Texas Gulf Coast

Kent Ullberg’s bronze sculptures dot the landscape across Texas—a giant bison in Corpus Christi, a cougar on the ... Read More »

My Hometown: Luther Hotel Innkeeper Jack Findley Talks History and Having Fun on Tres Palacios Bay

My Hometown: Luther Hotel Innkeeper Jack Findley Talks History and Having Fun on Tres Palacios Bay

At the historic Luther Hotel in Palacios, proprietor Jack Findley often mingles with guests on the front porch ... Read More »

Retrace the Life and Legacy of World-Champion Boxer Jack Johnson in Galveston

Retrace the Life and Legacy of World-Champion Boxer Jack Johnson in Galveston

“Jack Johnson was a real person from a real place called Galveston,” Collins says while standing in his church ... Read More »

How Chef Mary Bass Gives Back to Galveston

How Chef Mary Bass Gives Back to Galveston

A Galveston native, Bass started her career by launching a bakery business, Viva la Cake Balls. She later became ... Read More »

A Relative of German Settlers Retraces Her Ancestors’ Arduous Path to the Texas Hill Country

A Relative of German Settlers Retraces Her Ancestors’ Arduous Path to the Texas Hill Country

am the daughter-in-law of German settlers who arrived in Indianola, now underwater but once an immigration hub and ... Read More »

One Man’s Half-Century Project to Heal a Hill Country Landscape Created a Legacy Reaching Far Beyond His Fenceline

One Man’s Half-Century Project to Heal a Hill Country Landscape Created a Legacy Reaching Far Beyond His Fenceline

In 1969, a San Antonio fried-chicken tycoon was struck by a life-changing idea: He would find, buy, and heal “the ... Read More »

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