Alan Fraser Houston graduated from Amherst College and Boston University School of Medicine. He served in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon from 1970 to 1972. His wife, Jourdan Moore Houston, is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and has a master's degree from the University of Vermont. She has been a newspaper journalist, a free-lance magazine writer, a business consultant, and has published numerous articles of historical interest, especially on mid-nineteenth century Boston artists. The Houstons settled in Sandwich, New Hampshire, in 1972, near the family homestead. Their love of the Northeast is equaled by that of the Southwest, having moved to Durango, Colorado, in 1990.
California History (Magazine of the California Historical Society), Winter 2000/2001.
“Cadwalader Ringgold, U. S. Navy: Gold Rush Surveyor of San Francisco Bay and Waters to Sacramento, 1849-1860.”
The Pioneer (Journal of the Society of California Pioneers), December 2000,
“Worth Their Weight in Gold—The Portraits of John Augustus Sutter by Samuel Stillman Osgood, Gold Rush Artist.”
Sea History (National Maritime Historical Society), Spring 2009.
The Life and Works of Boston Marine-Artist Marshall Johnson (1850-1921).
“Annual Excursions” aka “Bulletin,” Sandwich (NH) Historical Society, eight articles.
Durango Herald, Health Columnist, 2008 to present.
Montana, the Magazine of Western History, Summer 1999
“The 1859 Lander Expedition Revisited.” Col. Frederick W. Lander, “the artist-engineer,” and Boston artists Albert Bierstadt, Frances Seth Frost, and Henry Hitchings crossed the plains and sketched, painted, and photographed the Oregon and Lander Trails.
California History (Magazine of the California Historical Society), Vol. 81, #1, 2002.
“California on His Mind: the Easel and Pen of Pioneer George Douglas Brewerton,” Lt. Brewerton arrived in San Francisco in spring 1847 with the New York Regiment. This young soldier, poet, artist, historian, and explorer returned east from Los Angeles with Kit Carson in 1848. Bearing the news of gold, they traveled the Old Spanish Trail, which Brewerton sketched, later painted, and also published the best account of travel over the trail.