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History of Montrose Documentary Features MCC and SPRY

One year after its original debut on Houston PBS, Channel 8 is once again airing “Montrose, Texas: The Transformation of a Neighborhood.” Coinciding with Pride, the program will air at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, and again at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29.

“We are very pleased that KLRU-TV in Austin also has picked up the program, and will air it on Wednesday, June 23 at 9:30 p.m.,” says Ann J. Robison, PhD, Executive Director of Montrose Counseling Center. “People from all over the state are familiar Montrose, our little slice of Houston and the charm of the neighborhood.”

“Montrose, Texas: The Transformation of a Neighborhood” chronicles the history of Montrose and the changes it has undergone over the years. Included are local historical landmarks, analysis of local architecture, shifts in culture, and little known facts about the neighborhood we call home. It features Montrose Counseling Center’s programs, with an emphasis on SPRY (Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years,” as playing a significant role in helping the community adapt to the changes.

Narrated by Houston PBS’s Ernie Manouse, this program features community leaders Suzanne Anderson, Marion E. Coleman, John Danielson, Ray Hill, Jimmy Carper, Brandon Wolf, Sue Lovell, and our very own openly-gay mayor, Annise Parker, among others. Rare footage from The Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History is bound to bring back fond memories.

Since it first aired in 2009, MCC has received numerous requests for copies of this program. Houston PBS offers this to viewers as a premium during their summer fund drive, so we urge anyone interested in getting a copy to watch the program and support Houston PBS.

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