Lecture Series


History Lectures:

Thanks to UTC Overseas, HMM is able to offer a FREE maritime history lecture each month!


April 14, 2015 | 7 – 8 PM

Houston’s Port and Ship Channel History as Told by Street Names

with Marks Hinton


How do street names tell the history of a city? After whom is Brady’s Landing and Barbour’s Cut named? Why was German Street changed to Canal and from where did the name Pasadena come? And why were elephants used to construct Spencer Highway? Houston historian Marks Hinton will share the history of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston by exploring the history of street and location names. In this talk, Hinton will discuss our leaders and heroes, share myths and legends, and describe the humor and tragedies that are part of Houston’s history.

Marks Hinton, a native Houstonian, is the author of “Houston’s Historic Streets: The Stories Behind the Street Names”. Hinton is a retired investment banker and a founding member of the Friends of the Texas Room (the Texana Collection of the Harris County Historical Society). He served on the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art Eyeopener Tour Committee for more than twenty five years, developing and leading many of the most popular outings.


Upcoming History Lectures

May 19, 2015

The Myth of Press Gang: Volunteers, Impressment, and the Naval Manpower Problem in the Late Eighteenth Century

with Jeremiah R. Dancy, DPhil


Industry Lectures:

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All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are free to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are served!