It's safe to say that only a handful of people may know more about the history of Houston than Mike Vance. He's done lots of work and research on other facets of Texas, as well. That includes creating and producing the celebrated Birth of Texas Series of feature length documentaries that chronicle our state from Texas Indians and Spanish settlement through the American colonists in Mexico, the Texas Revolution and the journey to join the United States. His popular HAM Slices of History series is a staple on Houston's Channel 8 and HISD-TV, and his work on Texas in WWII spans over 12 years. Coupled with his longtime background in media, production and stage performance, that means that Mike is uniquely qualified to create richly-detailed history videos and other media or to deliver an engaging talk on a variety of history topics. He is also an experienced researcher familiar with the top regional libraries and archives. Use the drop down menu to learn more about each.
Telling the Stories of Houston and Texas
Mike has been a proud and active member of the Harris County Historical Commission for over a decade. During that time he has been responsible for four state and county historical markers and been part of the process for a dozen more. One of those markers is for his beloved Astrodome, and Mike also created the Our Astrodome social media group as part of the effort to save and reimagine Harris County's most iconic building. Among other accolades, his Houston Arts and Media organization won the Houston Press Genius Award.