Stories of a workforce

Top leaders celebrate opening of exhibit tracing Houston Ship Channel's first 100 years

Top leaders celebrate exhibit on Houston Ship Channel's centennial

3 5520 Minnette Boesel, from left, Jonathon Glus and Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Minnette Boesel, from left, Jonathon Glus and Rhea Brown Lawson. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
7 5658 Janiece Longoria, from left, Lou Vest and Mayor Annise Parker at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Janiece Longoria, left, Lou Vest and Mayor Annise Parker. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
7 5750 Angel Quesada, from left, Diane Barber and David Graeve at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Angel Quesada, from left, Diane Barber and David Graeve. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
5 5665 Debbie McNulty, from left, Danielle Burns and Arthur and Philomena Baird at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Debbie McNulty, from left, Danielle Burns and Arthur and Philomena Baird. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
6 5672 Linda Kelly, from left, Elizabeth Kelly, Kim Klobke and Emmy Vest at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Linda Kelly, from left, Elizabeth Kelly, Kim Klobke and Emmy Vest. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
8 5681 Marc Melcher, from left, Leigh Smith, Jonathon Glus and Roland Garcia Jr. at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Marc Melcher, from left, Leigh Smith, Jonathon Glus and Roland Garcia Jr. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
2 5466 Mike Morris, from left, Jessica Shaver and Dean Corgey at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Mike Morris, from left, Jessica Shaver and Dean Corgey. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
10 5698 Brenda Stardig, from left, Dwight Boykins and Philamena Baird at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Brenda Stardig, from left, Dwight Boykins and Philamena Baird. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
2 5433 Phyllis Saathoff, from left, Tom Kornegay and Jessica Shaver at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Phyllis Saathoff, from left, Tom Kornegay and Jessica Shaver. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
8 5760 Jim Ford and  Melinda Lightsey Ford, from left, Tom Lightsey and Catherine Lightsey Hubbard at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
Jim and Melinda Lightsey Ford, from left, Tom Lightsey and Catherine Lightsey Hubbard. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
3 5520 Minnette Boesel, from left, Jonathon Glus and Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
7 5658 Janiece Longoria, from left, Lou Vest and Mayor Annise Parker at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
7 5750 Angel Quesada, from left, Diane Barber and David Graeve at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
5 5665 Debbie McNulty, from left, Danielle Burns and Arthur and Philomena Baird at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
6 5672 Linda Kelly, from left, Elizabeth Kelly, Kim Klobke and Emmy Vest at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
8 5681 Marc Melcher, from left, Leigh Smith, Jonathon Glus and Roland Garcia Jr. at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
2 5466 Mike Morris, from left, Jessica Shaver and Dean Corgey at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
10 5698 Brenda Stardig, from left, Dwight Boykins and Philamena Baird at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
2 5433 Phyllis Saathoff, from left, Tom Kornegay and Jessica Shaver at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014
8 5760 Jim Ford and  Melinda Lightsey Ford, from left, Tom Lightsey and Catherine Lightsey Hubbard at the Port of Houston library exhibition celebration September 2014

What: Opening reception for Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel.

Where: Tudor Gallery of the Houston Public Library’s historic Julia Ideson Building

The 411: Top government leadership and more than 200 interested parties turned out for the unveiling of the multi-media exhibition saluting the men and women who built the port of Houston and who keep it going today. Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program and the Houston Public Library are presenting the exhibition, which will be on view through January 2015.

Houston Pilots is presenting sponsor of the exhibition that includes not only interviews and stories but also photo, audio and video installations as well as maps, memorabilia and even work gear.

Who: Joining in the program were Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Mayor Annise Parker, Port Commission chair Janiece Longoria, Houston Public Library director Rhea Brown Lawson, HAA president and CEO Jonathon Glus and HAA director of Folklife + Traditional Arts Pat Jasper. Heavy hitters included six city council members and Promote Houston Ship Channel 2014 chairman Tom Kornegay and committee members Tom Tellepsen and Capt. Bill Diehl, and Capt. Mike Morris, presiding officer of Houston Pilots.