Experience the diverse cultural heritage resources available to the public across the Houston area! Visit with representatives from local archives, allied historical and preservation organizations, and explore the history of our region through hands-on interaction with historical manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other unique materials. A full list of participating repositories and organizations may be found on the Archives page.
Digital Memories Booth
Are you concerned about losing your precious family photographs, documents, scrapbooks and ephemera because of Houston’s humid and volatile climate? Would you like to share these documents and memories with your family and future generations without the risk of loss, damage, or destruction?
Join us at the Digital Memories Booth where we will teach you how to digitize your important family documents, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper articles, and ephemera! Visitors are encouraged to bring important family documents to the HAB digitization booth for scanning and a demonstration of basic techniques for digital preservation. Once items have been digitized they will be returned to their owners along with a free flash drive (USB) containing their digital memories or a link to download the files.
To participate, please bring up to five (5) items that can lay flat on a 13×17 inch surface.
Digital Memories Booth presented in partnership with the Moore Memorial Public Library.
Passport to Houston Archives
Pick up a Passport to Houston Archives and document your journey into Houston history! Visitors will receive passport stamps for visiting exhibitors and taking part in activities at the Bazaar, qualify for giveaways, prizes and Bazaar swag!
Houston Time Capsule
Add your voice to the archives! Bring a photograph or document or write a letter on-site to contribute to the 2019 Houston Archives Bazaar Time Capsule. Visitors will learn about archival preservation firsthand as their materials are properly housed, stored, and “buried” under a 50 year access restriction as a snapshot of 2019 Houston for future generations.
Oral History Storytelling Booth
Share your Houston story! The Houston Archives Bazaar Oral History Storytelling Booth offers participants an opportunity to record a 15-minute interview about an interesting Houston experience or story. Interviews may involve two friends having a conversation, a family member interviewing a family member, or an individual being interviewed by our professional oral history staff. Register to share your story here!
Have questions about archives, cultural heritage institutions in the Houston area, or about preserving your personal or family papers? Visit the Ask-an-Archivist station! Professional archivists will be on hand to answer all these questions and more.