South Texas Stories

  • Collection DOI:
    Principal Investigator:
    Dr. Jen Brown
  • South Texas Stories is an ongoing oral/aural history project and digital archive that seeks to preserve and share the rich history and heritage of Corpus Christi and the surrounding area.  For more information, visit the homepage for South Texas Stories.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Nick Jimenez South Texas Stories

This is an oral history recording of Nick Jimenez interviewed by David Blanke. Mr. Jimenez shared an overview of his early life in San Antonio, Texas; his professional education and development in college and as a young reporter; brief comments about his time serving in the Army in Vietnam; his arrival in Corpus Christi in the 1970s; and key issues surrounding its social and economic development such as Cisneros v. Corpus Christi Independent School District, Dr. Hector P. García, Selena, the Port of Corpus Christi, and environmentalism.

David Blanke Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Elena Crawford South Texas Stories

This is an oral history interview of Elena Crawford interviewed by Justin Bucholtz. Elena discusses her experience with Hurricane Harvey in 2017; the harrowing return to her home after evacuation; the struggle of recovery after disaster; and the recovery of the town and people of Port Aransas, Texas.

Justin Bucholtz Port Aransas, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Joel Garcia South Texas Stories

This is an oral history recording of Mr. Joel Garcia, a pastor in Refugio, Texas, interviewed by Richard Quiroz. Mr. Garcia talks about his role as a pastor at Joy Ministries; his experiences with hurricanes; his role in providing shelter and resources to the community after Hurricane Harvey; and his reflection on these events.

Richard Andrew Quiroz Refugio, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Martin Sanchez South Texas Stories

This is an oral history recording of Martin Sanchez interviewed by Rene Ruiz. Martin Sanchez talks about his personal experiences of being in Hurricane Celia in 1970, when he had just turned ten years old.

Rene Ruiz Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Pat and Hal Suter South Texas Stories

This is an oral history recording of Pat Suter and her son Hal Suter interviewed by Jen Brown. Pat Suter discusses her work locally as an environmentalist, her role in local conservation organizations, and teaching chemistry at Del Mar College. They both discuss local and state politics; their experiences in Hurricane Celia; family camping trips; the creation of Padre Island National Seashore; the protection of Oso Bay; and OPUS, Organization for the Preservation of an Unblemished Shoreline.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Carole Allen South Texas Stories

Carole Allen grew up in Illinois and developed a fascination with turtles at a young age. She collected turtle items and married a geologist, moving to Houston. In the early 1980s, she became involved with sea turtle conservation after learning about the National Marine Fisheries Service's hatchling program in Galveston. She joined the HEART (Hatchling Emergency Assurance and Release Team) project, which aimed to raise awareness and funds for sea turtle conservation.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi