In May of 1997, a group of Puerto Rican women met in Houston, Texas and established a community organization to gather Puerto Ricans in the Houston area. The purpose of the group was to promote our culture through social events and to provide financial assistance to Hispanic students. The group believed that empowering women to these tasks was going to make the difference in Texas. The efforts of this group of women gave birth to the Sociedad de Damas de Puerto Rico en Houston founded on September 16, 1997 as a non-profit organization in the State of Texas.
In May of 2003, in order to meet the challenges of the new millennium, the organization transformed into the Sociedad de Puertorriqueños en Houston, Inc. (SPRH).
During the past ten years, the Sociedad have a long list of cultural accomplishments, among them; “Décima y Aguinaldos- Traditional Poetry, Music and Dances of the Puerto Rican Foklore, Añorando la Música de Salón de Puerto Rico, “Dos Mujeres en Diálogo: Julia de Burgos y Sylvia Rexach”, “Volemos Amigos: a Children Program” , “El Jardín de Doña Provi” by Antonio Martorell, “Fiesta del Día de los Tres Reyes”, “Fiesta en el Batey”, “Festival de Artesanía Puertorriqueña”, “Cruzando Generaciones con el Cuatro Puertorriqueño”, “Encuentro con la Música Afro Puertorriqueña y el Festival El Bombazo”. “Encuentro con la Plena y el Festival El Plenazo”; “Pedro Guzmán y su Jíbaro Jazz”; Presentación of the documentary Yo soy Boricua Pa’ que tu lo sepas at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Platoons Y Collard Greens, Tito Auger and “Festival Puertorriqueño en Houston: El Boricuazo”. The history of the Danza Puertorriqueña. Many of these events have been sponsored in part through grants from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Texas Commission of the Arts; and others in collaboration with the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña), and cities of Ponce, Guayama, Caguas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Sociedad will always be thankful to our founding members* for their vision and initiative.
*Ligia B. Haworth, Sandra Lebrón-Lozada, Evelyn López, Felicia López, Magda Maldonado, Patria Herrero, Elia Dávila, Millie Santiago-Wheeler, Maria Del Mar Landrau Mackey , Dr. Higinia Torres Rimbau, Dr. Mirta Benkert, Hedda McAlllister, and Ana Veloz.