On January 26, 2021, the University of Houston (UH) Center for Public History hosted a virtual launch event for the newest issue of its magazine Houston History, which highlights Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey, an initiative consisting of interviews with over ninety Harvey survivors, responders, and volunteers. This oral history project recorded Houstonians' experiences during and after Harvey to better understand the storm's historical significance and what it means for the future of the city.
The virtual event featured moving testimonies and insights from panelists Eric Dowding and Trang Phan from Southwest Houston; Fifth Ward resident and community leader James Joseph; Rabbi Ranon Teller, leader of Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire; and Samantha de Leon, who worked on the Resilient Houston oral history project as a UH undergraduate student. A recording of the program is now available online.
This program was made possible in part by a Humanities Texas grant.