Houston Arts and Media began in 2005 as an organization devoted to producing high quality film, video, books, web content and other media projects that address themes in Texas and Houston history commonly neglected by commercial media companies. In October 2016, HAM merged with The Heritage Society to achieve even greater capacity to continue our important work preserving the stories of Texas and Houston. The Birth of Texas Series and much more compelling history will continue to be produced.
On the statewide front, we have already released six of the eight feature length documentaries that will make up the comprehensive Birth of Texas Series. Each of those titles have garnered prestigious awards including an impressive four REMI Awards from WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival. We are also in the early stages of production on a feature length documentary on all aspects of the Texas Home Front during WWII. There are projects in teh works on Houston music history, Southeast Texas' natural history and much more. Our documentary work has run on Houston’s PBS affiliate and will continue to do so.
In partnership with the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution, HAM produced With Respect: Preserving Historic Cemeteries. The twenty-minute video won the national first place preservation award from the DAR and was named Video of the Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a valuable tool in promoting volunteerism at these sacred places.
We have already collected over 180 hours of oral histories from long-time Houstonians that we will be using in our projects, and have donated them to both the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Houston Public Library, and the Woodson Research Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library where they are available to all researchers.
Most notably, we are working with over 80 Texas school districts who wish to utilize our documentaries and HAM Slices of History videos in the classroom. Houston’s KUHT Channel 8 and the HISD Channel broadcast the Slices throughout the viewing day to over 2.3 million homes, and both have aired our documentary work.
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