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THe U.S. Customs service: Protectors of Independence since 1798
Presented by steve hooper

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum



The U.S. Customs Service is one of the oldest and most important agencies in the country. It has also played a significant role in the maritime history of the Port of Houston. Steve Hooper will detail the exciting history of the U.S. Customs Service from its origins in 1789 through its many important functions such as establishing lighthouses, supervising America’s revenue cutters, providing for the relief of sick and disabled seamen and many other critical duties. The story of the United States and the Port of Houston would not be complete without examining the contributions made by the men and women of the U.S. Customs Service.

Steven W. Hooper is a retired Special Agent in Charge for the United States Customs Service in Houston.  He spent over thirty-one years with the agency where he was involved in investigations and prosecutions that protected the revenue, intercepted contraband, enforced money laundering laws and protected American trade. His interest in the history of the U.S. Customs Service has resulted in the publication of many articles on the history of the agency and numerous presentations before various civic organizations.


Houston Maritime Museum
2204 Dorrington St. | Houston, Texas 77030 
Parking is available in front of the museum and in the the surface lot east of the museum (Holcombe at Montclair). 

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Special thanks to UTC OVERSEAS, INC. for sponsoring the hmm history lecture series.