Author Archives: Melissa Kean

“The Latest and Best of Everything,” Rice Stadium, 1950

There was a nice article about Rice Stadium in the Houston Chronicle last week, celebrating the 70th anniversary of that elegant structure. While it was being built it was the talk of the town, an exciting development for the city … Continue reading

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A Bit More From the Houston Country Club, 1938

The post about Will Rice and the Houston Country Club drew enough emails to merit another look at the 1938 booklet printed by the club on the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary. I confess that the first time around I … Continue reading

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“A few timely comments from Mr. Wm. M. Rice,” 1938

I was looking for something in the Woodson vault the other day, and I mean I was really looking, trying to find something specific that wasn’t in any obvious place. I was looking so intently that I wedged myself into … Continue reading

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Rice Field, 1924

Last Saturday I was perusing, as is my custom, the posts on the Houston’s Aviation History facebook page. (If you’re on facebook this is one of the things that’s actually worth your time.) Much to my delight Story Sloane III … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 1956: “Help Hungary”

Thanksgiving in 1956 fell just after the rebellion in Hungary, begun as a student revolt, was crushed by the Soviet military. It was a somber time but American students rushed to raise relief funds, doing what they could to alleviate … Continue reading

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“the holiday spirit is creeping upon us,” 1932

As we come to the end of one of the strangest semesters in Rice history, I find myself longing for a party–and I don’t even like parties. In 1932, they stayed up all the way until midnight (and don’t forget … Continue reading

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“an invasion of bridge madness,” 1927

I can no longer recall what began my immersion in 1927 but it’s sure a hard place to leave. The Roaring Twenties were really interesting, even at the little old Institute. The fads of the 1920s in particular were everything … Continue reading

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He Handles the Financials

Last week I spent some time digging around in old drawings looking for something I never found. But I also found something I never looked for–a drawing that had been heinously mislabeled. Normally it works out really well if you … Continue reading

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The Blame Rests on the Tiny Shoulders of the Squirrels

I mentioned last time how good–with one sorrowful exception–the Italian cypresses in the main quad are looking.  All kidding aside, it’s really nice to see them apparently thriving. There’s another sad tree situation to report, though. The beautiful Chinese pistaches … Continue reading

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A Mystery From the Vault

The mysterious dark doorway down at the end of this row is the entrance to the Woodson’s vault: What’s in there is top secret, of course, so secret that sometimes even we don’t know what’s what. Here’s a current head … Continue reading

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