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April 28 – The Material Culture of Early Austin 1839-1850

Living like an 1840’s Austinite

Following on our preceding discussion of the foodways of the Austin area, Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe joins us for an exploration of the material culture of Austin in its first years. From the earliest gravestones at Oakwood Cemetery to the Thomas William Ward House (a no longer extant Abner Cook residence) the for our final installment of this season.

Join us and Dr. Hafertepe at the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 2:00 pm on April 28, 2019. Complimentary refreshments provided. Presentation begins at 2:30 pm.

Admission is $10 to the general public, $5 to students with valid ID, and free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Space is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to register online.

Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.

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Prefer not to register online? Call museum staff at 512.478.2335 or send us a note.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kenneth HafertepeKenneth Hafertepe is chair of the department of museum studies at Baylor University, where he has taught since 2000. For ten years prior to that he was director of academic programs at Historic Deerfield, a museum of New England history and art. He serves as the chair of the Committee on Museum Professional Training of the American Association of Museums. A long-time member of the Texas State Historical Association, he has served on several program committees and chaired that committee twice. He is also a longtime member of the Society of Architectural Historians, the VAF and TAM. He is the author of numerous books and articles on such historic buildings as the Smithsonian Castle, the French Legation in Austin, and the Spanish Governor’s Palace in San Antonio, as well as a biography of Abner Cook, the architect of the Texas Governor’s Mansion. He holds the master’s and doctoral degrees in American civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. His areas of specialization include American material culture, decorative arts, and historic preservation.