Under the major gift from Welcome W. Wilson, Sr. to the Center for Public History, the Houston History Project will be renamed the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative. The Houston History Magazine, the Oral History of Houston, and the UH Memories Documentary Films are part of the new Collaborative. Funding from the gift will support existing initiavites, while also supporting new endeavors.
The Chairman of the Board of GSL Welcome Group, LLC. Welcome Wilson, Sr., is a longtime real estate developer in Southeast Texas who recently was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. A 1949 graduate of the University of Houston and a distinguisted alumnus, Wilson has served on the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System for six years, including three as chairman.
Welcome cares deeply about the history of our region: "Tracking the history of Houston has been a passion of mine since I came here for college 68 years ago, I am very honored that this important UH endeavor will bear my name." The feeling is certainly mutual. An ideal match for our ongoing efforts to capture the history of the region and make it available to others, Welcome is a walking encyclopedia of the history of UH and of Houston. His stories about the people he has known and the events events he has witnessed are a treat to all of us who study our region. He is full of life, with an optimism that is contagious. His involment in the new Collarotative will enrich the projects we undertake while also enriching individual lives.