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Finger Lecture Series

Happy Hollow: Emergency Salvage Archeology Project in Houston's Historic Red Light District
by Linda Gorski

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

For three short days at the end of January 2016 Texas Historical Commission Archeological Stewards from Harris County and members of the Houston Archeological Society participated in an emergency salvage archeology shovel testing project at a unique site in downtown Houston, Texas. 

These historic buildings in the 500 block of Louisiana Avenue were built in 1907 and replaced earlier structures on the lots that were originally “female boarding houses” – aka brothels.  The shovel testing revealed early cisterns, brick and concrete piers that supported the pier and beam building, an historic gulley and a privy. Approximately 1100 artifacts were recovered including many complete bottles that originally contained female medications and tonics providing clues as to what was going on at the site in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and  lending credence to the site’s original name – “Happy Hollow”!  This presentation will present the history of an early red light district in Houston through artifacts recovered at the site.

Earlier Event: September 16
SOLD OUT-San Jacinto Premiere
Later Event: September 28
Food & Family: A Houston Journey