: This morning on Zoom, Bryson Kisner successfully defended his excellent Rice dissertation “From …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Houston Daily Union.

: Flashback Friday to August 1864, two months after Abraham Lincoln was renominated by the Republican …

: Working some today on the book version of the reports of the Task Force on Slavery, Segregation, and …

: Last month I was puzzled by a Juneteenth jousting tournament in Houston in 1871. This blog post by …

: Another tree casualty of Beryl spotted on campus today, by Herzstein Hall.

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Fair Grounds, Frank Vance, Houston Daily Union, …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Sandy Parker.

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Freedmens Bureau.

: The Houston Academy While doing unrelated research in the Freedmen’s Bureau records for Texas, I came across this …

: Looks like the article I found about a Black political convention in Texas during Reconstruction has …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Elias Dibble, Sandy Parker, israel1998.

: Came across more signs of Beryl’s impact on campus today. This tree fell across the sidewalk …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Freedmens Bureau, Henry W. Stuart.

: More evidence of Beryl’s effects on the Rice campus spotted today while returning books to the …

: New trees in Rice’s redesigned quadrangle (on the left in the picture) took a beating from Hurricane …

: Charles W. Bryant, born enslaved in Kentucky, was one of ten Black delegates to the Texas …

: Another day driving the teenager downtown, another day to regale him with potted histories of the …

: A Long-Lost Black Political Convention in Texas in 1871 The Colored Conventions Project (CCP) is an amazing research collective that documents Black …

: Today’s look at quad construction at Rice, standing in path between Humanities Building and Rayzor.

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Chenango, Freedmens Bureau, Henry W. Stuart.

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: 1867, 1868, Draymen, I. C. Lord, Juneteenth, …

: Jousting on Juneteenth? In an earlier note about Juneteenth and baseball, I found myself wondering what an 1871 article in …

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: I could be wrong, but I think this 1895 map of Houston is the oldest extant city map to show the …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Fair Grounds, Hangman’s Grove, Jake Johnson, …

: This book at Rice’s Woodson Research Center was “Not Stolen from R. B. McAshan.” Gotta be a story …

: Juneteenth and Baseball Historian Lou Moore wrote an interesting post a few years ago about Juneteenth and the rise of Black …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Jake Johnson, Lubbock’s Grove, Sandy Parker.

: I added a reference to Houston’s new statue of Barbara Jordan on Wikipedia.

: A newspaper report on the first Juneteenth celebration in Houston, Texas, published in the …

: I’ll be speaking in Brenham this Friday about my book Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of …

: My grandfather’s leather notebook holder, dated 1949. Now I’m using the photo as a logo for my …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Jake Johnson, Juneteenth, Sandy Parker.

: An 1869 article announcing an early Juneteenth celebration to be held in Houston’s …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Lubbock’s Grove, yates1985.

: “Monday before my second coffee” vibes on campus today.

: My review of Jessica Goudeau’s new book, We Were Illegal: Uncovering a Texas Family’s Mythmaking and …

: I spoke on a panel last night at Emancipation Park, focusing on the work of Rice’s Task Force on …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Emancipation Park, Juneteenth, Matthew Gaines, …

: Barbara Jordan at Rice University This morning I attended an excellent panel, Juneteenth and Justice for All: Black Struggle, the …

: At Freedmen’s Town Visitor Center tonight to attend a panel about a new biography of Emmett J. …

: Spent some time this morning with a library copy of The Red Diary: A Chronological History of Black …

: I maintain an open research notebook that runs on Gitit, which means that updates to the wiki are …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Gitit Hacks.

: The Brochstein Pavilion on campus is undergoing renovation for a new food vendor to move in. The …

: So cool to watch Micro.blog automatically backing up all my updates to a Github repository. Grateful …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Emancipation Park, Jake Johnson, Sandy Parker, …

: Last summer I started a sabbatical at work and a sabbatical from Twitter. One leave will come to an …

: This morning’s ground-level view of the Rice quad construction.

: Ben Brumfield asked AI to transcribe a handwritten historical document about slavery. The result …

: I wrote a new colophon page for my root website. It gives a brief history of my older websites, too, …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: Emancipation Park, Robert Fairchilds.

: My journey into the wayback machine also turned up what I think is the first domain name I ever …

: "Agora: An Online Undergraduate Journal of Humanities" This might be the earliest (extant) website I ever made. It was for a now long-defunct online …

: View of work on the redesign of Rice University’s historic quad from the fifth floor of Fondren …

: Scott Sandage wrote a moving and very helpful essay about learning to read for graduate school in …

: Updated some notes in my open research notebook: ogbar2023, penningroth2023.

: “Houston: A Complete History” After a day at Houston’s Municipal Court for jury service (without being selected), I picked up this …

: Dick Dowling and Sabine Pass in History and Memory is an exhibit my students and I built in 2011 …

: On June 14, I’ll be speaking on a panel for the Emancipation Conversations series hosted by the …

: Dorothy Ross (1936-2024) Like so many others over this last week, I am mourning the loss of a beloved teacher and mentor: …

: Tonight I had the great honor of attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new …

: Updated my notes on Freedmens Bureau, Gregory Institute, in my open research notebook.

: I found the inaccurate version of Douglass’s “brass letters” quote on Wikipedia, …

: "The Brass Letters U.S." A number of pages on the Internet, including on sites hosted by the National Archives and the …

: I’m thrilled that several former doctoral students of mine have published their outstanding …

: Finding Moore High As a historian and a dad, I often gently compel family members to traipse around the country looking …

: Historian James Crisp gave a generous shout-out to my book in a recent post on Shepherd about …

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