To round out our return to Austin’s origins, we welcome back Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe for an exploration on the material culture of the city in its first decade of existence.
1800: Texas is (barely) part of New Spain. 1850: Texas is part of the United States. What happened? Andrew Torget explains.
Lu Ann Barrow is a truly Texan painter. Born in Rosenberg and trained at UT Austin, her work in the American Primitive tradition speaks to the joys and sorrows of our shared experience.
Before we could tap away on our phones, composing and reproducing text required a lot of hands-on work. Lucky for us, hands-on work can be a lot of fun!
Our understanding of the origins of Austin and Texas can only be incomplete without the history of the Comanches’ influence on the other major players (namely, New Spain/Mexico, New France, and the Texian Republic) in Texas in the first half of the 19th century. Pulitzer-nominated author S. C. Gwynne explains.
How did Austin grow from four families and a stockade to, well, anything? Who is that woman firing the canon in front of the One American Center downtown? Mike Miller of the Austin History Center explains this and more.